Inequality is a persistent feature of education systems around the world. There are significant gaps in opportunity and outcomes and these are more critical than in the past, due to the interlinking of economies through globalisation and increased skill needs in the future of work.
More now depends on the successful use of early years education, school and the attainment of post-school qualifications. Access to high-quality schooling, success at school, and chances of post-school education remain socially divided, with implications for economic opportunities, personal growth, and civic and community development.
Much of the work undertaken by CIRES explores what causes these divisions in how effectively education systems work for different groups in our society.