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Breaking the Class Ceiling

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Conor Ryan on what this week’s news tells us about social mobility Education Secretary Justine Greening recalled yesterday how she’s missed out on a banking job because she hadn’t taken a gap year. “I was too embarrassed to admit that I simply couldn’t afford one,” she told an event organised jointly by the Sutton Trust… Read more »

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Transatlantic Triumphs

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Hilary Cornwell reports on some of the successes in this year’s US Programme Studying in the States used to be just a dream for some British young people. But since 2012, it is increasingly a reality for able young people from modest family backgrounds in Britain. Each year, the Sutton Trust takes 150 teenagers to… Read more »

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Insights from the Anglosphere

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Lee Elliot Major contrasts England’s education performance with other English speaking countries. “England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” Was this famous phrase uttered by George Bernard Shaw or Oscar Wilde? Either way, it was pertinent that the remark came from an Irishman: the same claim could now be made about… Read more »

Mind your grammars

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Carl Cullinane on the background to today’s grammar schools research. The months since Theresa May announced her plans to scrap the 1998 legislation banning the establishment of new grammar schools have seen a renewed and impassioned debate on academic selection in England. Sutton Trust research has been at the heart of this debate, both in… Read more »

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Don’t be trumped

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Sir Peter Lampl urges bright students to still consider US study despite President Trump’s election. Like many, I woke up on November 10th concerned for the future of the world. I was extremely worried that an America under Donald Trump would lose its progressive and tolerant values. The anti-immigration tone of Trump’s campaign has caused… Read more »

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Pathways opened my eyes to law

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Kelvin Ma reflects on his experiences as a Pathways to Law alumnus and offers tips for pursuing a legal career. Pursuing a legal career did not come naturally to me. My family lacked any legal professionals and few of those who attended my local comprehensive became lawyers. In fact only two out of 180 plus… Read more »

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Evaluating EasyPeasy

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Last year, EasyPeasy joined the Sutton Trust and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation’s Parental Engagement Fund, designed to increase our knowledge of what works to improve parental engagement in the early years. The programme’s mission is remarkably similar to our own at EasyPeasy. Only a year before that, when EasyPeasy was just a twinkle in our eye,… Read more »

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Mind the Gap

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Sir Peter Lampl reflects on attainment gaps as the EEF celebrates its 5th birthday. On Tuesday, we celebrated five years of the Education Endowment Foundation. In that time, the EEF has become a watchword for evidence-based education, helping move research onto the teachers’ agenda in ways not previously seen in this country. The Teaching and… Read more »

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From Cheltenham to Durham

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Lee Elliot Major shares perspectives from recent visits to the Cheltenham Literature Festival and Durham University. “Fortunately in England…education produces no effect whatsoever.” Oscar Wilde once said. “If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence.” A century on and the education system still… Read more »

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Drama in Crisis

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Hilary Cornwell reports on the final session of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on social mobility’s inquiry into access to leading professions.  Swapping Hollywood for Westminster, Michael Sheen addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on social mobility at the Houses of Parliament last night. The actor, best-known for his portrayals of Tony Blair and Brian Clough, spoke about the… Read more »