Well-off families create ‘glass floor’ to ensure children’s success, says study

The schoolyard of Eton College. The potential for success can even date as far back as the social background of the child’s grandfather, the report suggested.

The schoolyard of Eton College. The potential for success can even date as far back as the social background of the child’s grandfather, the report suggested. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Well-off parents create a “glass floor” for their less academically inclined children ensuring they “hoard the best opportunities” over poorer peers, a study has suggested.

Children from wealthier families but with less academic ability are 35% more likely to become high earners than their more gifted counterparts from poor families, according to findings from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

The study, entitled “Downward mobility, opportunity hoarding and the […]