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Sociology paper 1 June 2022

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Item A
Social class differences can have an impact on pupil achievement. One way of trying to reduce such differences is to put into place educational policies that directly focus on reducing the gap in achievement between social classes. Some sociologists believe that educational policies can change the level of support working-class students receive in education. They think educational policies like “pupil premium” and compensatory education can effectively reduce class inequalities in educational achievement.
Other sociologists see social class differences in educational achievement as a reflection of wider inequalities between classes. They believe that educational policies are only likely to have a temporary short-term effect.

Applying material from Item A and your knowledge, evaluate the view that government educational policies are effective in reducing social class inequalities in education.
[20 marks]

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