This chapter examines the changes in the influence of social origins on educational attainment and the relationship between qualifications gained and class of labour-market entry and destination. It finds that though attainment qualification above the basic educational level has become more common over successive birth-cohorts, differentials relating to class origins were maintained. The findings also reveal that inequalities in the attainment of degree-level qualifications have widened while the gap between those gaining qualifications from unskilled manual and salariat backgrounds was about 13% higher than those born before 1920.
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