chapter  3
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The school environment: does it matter?

If all these statements were true, it follows that giving every child the same kind of school environment would not do very much to reduce inequality in social or educational outcomes. Most of the determinants of these outcomes would then reside in the environment outside the school or in the talents which the child himself brings to education. In the words of Alan Little (1971) whose argument along these lines predates Jencks, 'you may tell a Balliol man anywhere; but this is not so much the influence of Balliol as what was necessary to get, and stay, there'.