So, the Coalition has come up with a new incentive
for schools to reduce the gap between rich and poor in attainment and increase "social mobility".
How about this for an alternative? Take away charitable status from private schools so that some of the brightest "poor" kids cannot be lured into the private sector with free places and enticements of being "saved" from an education in maintained schools, with academic results for private schools consequently being inflated.
Hey presto, you have just created a virtuous circle. State schools get the local children of all abilities that they deserve with academic results going up accordingly. And the private schools--now with only the children of wealthy people--plummet in status for academic achievement. The Emperor's new clothes will be revealed for what they really are and we are well on our way to true social mobility. To coin the annoying meerkat's phrase: "Simples!"