Justine Greening’s policy is not discriminatory. It’s common sense that employers should look more favourably on state school educated candidates
Who could have guessed that sharing a cabinet with Boris Johnson and David Cameron would leave a woman with a less than starry-eyed view of old Etonians?
But in fairness to Justine Greening, maybe she was referring strictly to the research evidence when she advised employers to look more sceptically on the CVs of public school boys. The former education secretary reportedly told a meeting in New York that faced with a choice between an old Etonian with three Bs at A-levels and someone from a struggling comprehensive with exactly the same grades, employers should realise that the former was “probably not as impressive”. Kids who do well against all the odds, in other words, are likely to be brighter than those who do well when offered every possible opportunity. The thinking behind such so-called “contextual recruitment” is that the context in which children achieve tells you almost as much as their raw results.
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