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CEP election analysis

Education and skills


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.


Jo Blanden, Sandra McNally and Gill Wyness

27 November 2019     Paper Number CEPEA050

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