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Lasting Benefits: The Long-term Legacy of the Assisted Places Scheme for Assisted Place Holders

The Assisted Places Scheme was introduced in 1980 by the Conservative Government to provide a’ladder of opportunity’ for academically able students from poor homes. Over the next 17 years,more than 75,000 pupils received means-tested assistance from public funds to attend the mostselective and prestigious private schools in England and Wales. The Scheme proved highlycontroversial and…

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Private Education and Disadvantage: The Experiences of Assisted Place Holders

It is now nearly thirty years since Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative administration introduced the Assisted Places Scheme (their first education policy) and over ten years since New Labour abolished it. The Scheme, which was designed to provide a ladder of opportunity for academically able students from poor backgrounds to attend private schools, is of…