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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

British Private School Pupils Earn 30% More In Later Life

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 giugno 2009

Students who attended independent schools go on to obtain an average of 30% higher earnings than state school students, according to a study published today in Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society.  When compared against like for like family background, the gap is reduced to an increase of 20% in earnings. Most of this gap came from the achievement of higher qualifications.   For several decades 7-8% of children in Britain have been educated in private/independent schools. Yet, small though this proportion is, privately educated people have gone on, in adulthood, to occupy a much larger share of the prominent positions in public and private life.  This throws up several questions. Is this because of the background and connections of students whose families can afford this education?  Do private schools give more added-value, such as self-esteem and a wider view of the world through more extra-curricular activities? Is it the networking abilities and contacts which lead to increased earnings? The study looked at data from 10,000 British residents and compared them on earnings, schooling, qualifications, family background, age, and region lived in.  Whilst family background did have an impact on earnings, the main difference was in relation to the qualifications gained, implying that if the average person attending private school were to fail their exams, there would be no other benefits to fall back on. The study also compared the effect on earnings of attending a private school prior to 1960, and after.  The results showed that the estimated impact had increased over time.  “Given this finding, it seems that today’s pupils might expect to see even greater benefits,” added Green.

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