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The American Revolution in Teacher Evaluation

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Lee Elliott Major on the American revolution in teacher evaluation, and the lessons for the UK From Colorado to Tennessee, from Florida to New Jersey, all across the United States, a revolution in education is taking place. And it is likely to hit British schools anytime soon. Teachers are for the first time being evaluated… Read more »

The Sutton Trust at 15

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It is fifteen years since I set up the Sutton Trust to improve social mobility in this country. I wanted to ensure that bright children from low or middle income homes had a fair chance of going to a top university and into a leading profession or occupation. There has been progress in the last… Read more »

A Thousand Flowers Wilt?

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James Turner suggests that more coherence in social mobility programmes would benefit everyone One of the privileges of working at the Sutton Trust is the chance to meet people who have been inspired to dedicate their working lives to improving educational opportunity. Many have given up more conventional (and high paying) careers and taken the… Read more »

Valuing the vocational

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Conor Ryan asks can we ever get vocational education right in England This week, the Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee called for apprenticeships to be seen as equal to study at university. As the Committee noted in a hard-hitting report, the problem under successive governments has been a focus on the quantity of qualifications rather… Read more »

The year of the socially mobile popstar

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Lee Elliot Major asks could number ones reflect generational trends in social mobility “We don’t need no education,” proclaimed Pink Floyd’s Number One single Another Brick in the Wall in December 1979. Ironically, they were one of the few privately schooled bands among the best selling musical acts that year. Most musicians had come from… Read more »

A British Take on the American Dream

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James Turner reflects on the experience of the first US Sutton Trust summer school As well as contending with the early UCAS deadline and the stresses and strains of A levels, hundreds of British youngsters are currently navigating the US university application process – particularly those hoping to make the 1st November early decision deadline…. Read more »

Making the Pupil Premium go Further

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Conor Ryan asks whether the Government is making the most of the pupil premium Most schools face standstill budgets, or real terms cuts.  But some of the school budget is growing, and will grow further. The pupil premium, worth £600 this year, rises to £900 next year and could reach £1200 per pupil by 2015…. Read more »

Debunking the Myths Around School Choice

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Lee Elliot Major on the difference a school really makes to academic grades “Stop looking around at everyone!” I  am back at school and being scolded again. But not by a teacher. It is my better-half who is telling me off, as I crank my neck around to see who else is present in the… Read more »

The Case for Fairer Fees

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Sir Peter Lampl makes the case for means-tested fees as new research suggests that fear of debt is a significant concern. Today, the Sutton Trust has published new evidence that the level of fees may be having a disproportionate deterrent effect on young people from low income homes. Research by Ipsos MORI for the Trust shows that… Read more »