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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 »

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BENEFICIARY TO BENEFACTOR

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Lindsey Naylor on how our summer schools helped her become partner at a leading financial services firm. When I first heard about the Sutton Trust summer schools, I jumped at the chance to apply. As an A-level student, I knew I wanted to study economics at university but I didn’t think studying at Cambridge was… Read more »

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Under advisement

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Conor Ryan on the implications of today’s teacher polling. What are we to make of the idea that some four in ten teachers rarely or never advise bright students to apply to Oxford and Cambridge? This finding in an NFER poll for the Sutton Trust published today has remained stubbornly unchanged since 2007. And perhaps more… Read more »

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Able to succeed

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Sir Peter Lampl suggests a way forward for Theresa May as she faces Commons opposition to her grammar school plans. Theresa May’s plans to expand grammar schools have run into a spot of bother in the Commons. Some of her MPs are reluctant to support a policy they see running counter to the academies, free… Read more »

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Top ten Oxbridge tips for teachers

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Lee Elliot Major revisits his popular top ten tips for teachers on enabling their students to apply to Oxford and Cambridge. Sutton Trust surveys have suggested that less than half of secondary state school teachers would advise their highest pupils to apply to Oxford and Cambridge universities. I’ve always thought that it is one of… Read more »

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Lost in the grammars debate

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Conor Ryan reflects on the grammar schools debate It was just three months before Tony Blair’s historic victory in 1997. Ben Chapman was fighting as the Labour candidate in the Wirral South by-election. And David Blunkett, the shadow education secretary, was visiting the Wirral County Grammar School. While he had a cup of tea with… Read more »

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In the shadows

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Dr Philip Kirby on his report into private tuition, the hidden secret of British education ‘Shadow education’ is the academic term – and it captures well what we know, or rather don’t know about the world of private tuition. There’s little regulation of the industry, which means there’s very little data. That’s why I was… Read more »

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Realising my dreams

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Bonnie MacRae, studying at Harris Academy, Dundee, reflects on her US Summer School experience. It’s truly remarkable to see how much can change on the basis of one impromptu decision. Exams were on the horizon, and I was supposed to be researching for my upcoming biology assignment. Instead, I found myself trawling the internet for information… Read more »