An Unfair Start

Inequality in Children’s Education in Rich Countries

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This report focuses on educational inequalities in 41 of the world’s richest countries, all of which are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and/or the European Union (EU). Using the most recent data available, it examines inequalities across childhood -- from access to preschool to expectations of post-secondary education - and explores in depth the relationships between educational inequality and factors such as parents’ occupations, migration background, the child’s gender and school characteristics. The key feature of the report is the league table, which summarizes the extent of educational inequalities at preschool, primary school and secondary school levels.

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Summary league table

Some rich countries do better than others in ensuring equality across the three stages of children’s education: preschool, primary and secondary. The league table displays where a country ranks in each of the three stages and highlights whether it is in the top, middle or bottom third. A country’s overall place in the league table is based on its position in terms of inequalities at age 15. The inequalities that exist at this age influence and limit children’s prospects as adults.

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