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Ruairi won't make the grade targeting fee-paying schools

Published 10/05/2013 | 17:00

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn

How do you close the yawning educational gap between middle-class children and children from less well-off backgrounds? Several news items this week focused attention on the question.

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The first was a finding from the Department of Education that pupils from fee-charging schools are the most likely to go on to higher education.

The second was a finding from the 'Growing Up In Ireland' study that children with well-educated parents are the most likely to do well in school.

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