Actually if it were interview-led, the first thing you would see would be children of parents in the "professions" getting all kinds of great work experience and being coached on the current issues in the industry to give a knock-out interview performance that a kid from a different background never could. Even if the parent wasn't in the same profession, the fact that social circles mirror socio-economic circles means they're far more likely to know someone who can help.
Hmmm, never thought of it that way. I'd say for the usual professions your right, Marine Engineers are such a small group that wouldn't happen with us but that won't apply to every profession - accountancy, now there is one where you'd be bang on, there is an accountant in every small town and village these days.
getting all kinds of great work experience and being coached on the current issues in the industry to give a knock-out interview performance that a kid from a different background never could.
The first part of that sentence would be a great thing - If the pupil sees what the life is like they can make a better choice of what they want to do in their life. Which, funnily enough, brings us back to the original topic about private schools - I'd reckon as the parents are more concerned about their children in those schools the children would have a better choice of work experience (maybe during transition year?) and thus a better chance of finding a career they like.
I'd consider that another plus for a private school - if they were organising work experience during transition year. It's be another reason I'd send my hypothetical children to a private school
The second part is unfair I will admit, however if the parents of pupils in the lower socio-economic school areas care enough about their children they can band together and do the same - set up a work experience programme to let their children experience different jobs. - the thing is will they care?