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Studying cultures and languages at Nottingham

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Read about Han Thomas’ experience of the Sutton Trust Summer School at University of Nottingham. I’m from South Wales, so it was almost a three hour journey up to Nottingham to study the Cultures and Languages strand of the Summer School. I can’t deny that I spent a lot of the journey worrying, about anything from… Read more »

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Bacc to the future

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Conor Ryan sees good news – and big challenges – in new research on the EBacc. Next month, hundreds of thousands of young people will learn their GCSE results. Their schools will be judged for the first time not on the proportion gaining five good GCSEs, but on the more complex Progress 8 measure (as… Read more »

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Shining a light on outreach

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Lee Elliot Major welcomes moves to create a more evidence led approach to widening access. In the grand ancient dining hall of St John’s College, Oxford last week, I had the pleasure of talking with a host of teachers – heads of sixth forms, newly qualified trainees, senior leaders, and history, English and psychology specialists…. Read more »

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Academies: improving outcomes?

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Sir Peter Lampl explores the policy implications of our latest research on academies. Academies were started in 2000 to alter the fortunes of failing schools that disproportionately served students from some of the nation’s poorest communities. By helping these schools with the support of philanthropic, educational and business partners, the intention was to improve the… Read more »

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Brexit’s mobility challenge

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Conor Ryan reflects on how the referendum aftermath should impact on social mobility It is not as simple as saying – as many do – that we are heading out of the European Union thanks to the disaffected poor who felt their needs were overlooked by the distant metropolitan elite. As YouGov’s final polling showed,… Read more »

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Rethinking university access

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Lee Elliot Major on a graph that questions our assumptions on measuring academic potential Every now and then you see a graph that makes you sit up and think again. I came across one such graph this week. And it prompted me to think the unthinkable! It questions our assumptions over how we assess young… Read more »

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I had a dream

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Julie Randles remembers her 13 year old self when she believed in better Can you remember what you were doing when you were 13? Details are a bit hazy for me, but I know I was very into music (Meat Loaf and Abba at the time – I developed more musical taste later); I was… Read more »

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Scotland’s access challenge

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Conor Ryan on the implications of today’s report on Scottish higher education access Nicola Sturgeon has placed education at the top of the government’s agenda. By making her deputy John Swinney responsible for education in her cabinet, she has given a clear signal of how highly she prioritises the issue. And in looking again at… Read more »