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CEP election analysis
Education and skills
Jo Blanden, Sandra McNally and Gill Wyness
November 2019
Paper No' CEPEA050:
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Tags: education; skills; international rankings; austerity; poor performing schools

Debates about how to improve education and skills are likely to be an important theme in the run-up to the general election. This briefing summarises evidence on education and skills from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP). It covers key issues across all educational phases, summarising what we know and considering some of the policy changes that might help to improve outcomes.1 Education plays many important roles in society, but this briefing focuses on economic objectives. Education and skills improve the productivity of individuals, helping them to advance in the labour market and increasing national productivity. Improving education and skills for the disadvantaged is key to helping to reduce inequality and improve social mobility across generations.

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