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Corporate Portraiture of staff members of the Sutton Trust. London UK. 29th April 2015.

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Guest blog: Re-granting for larger trials

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Emily Yeomans and Stephen Tall from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), our sister organisation, look at what happens when one of their trials is given a successful report by the independent evaluator. At the beginning of this month, the EEF announced it has awarded almost £4m in grants to six projects, all of which had… Read more »

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Supporting STEM

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Our Director of Programmes, Julie Randles, on getting more young people into STEM-related careers. There’s a lot of buzz around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) at the moment, and rightly so. STEM skills are absolutely vital to the UK economy and are becoming relevant in more and more sectors, from retailers needing coders to develop… Read more »

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Oxbridge Admissions

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Sir Peter Lampl on the background to our Oxbridge Admissions report. Going to Oxford was a life-changing experience for me. I didn’t come from a wealthy family – my father was a Viennese émigré – but my chemistry degree at Corpus Christi opened doors for me that led me to become a successful entrepreneur and ultimately… Read more »

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Better Statements

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Dr Michael Englard, Sam Holmes and Helen Drummond discuss the implications of the evaluation of their Academic Apprenticeship programme. At the end of 2012, the Sutton Trust published research from Dr Steve Jones at Manchester University which showed that differences in university offer rates between independent and state school pupils with the same A level grades could… Read more »

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Losing focus

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Conor Ryan warns that an over-complex accountability system could backfire All credit to Centreforum and Education Datalab for their detailed report this week showing the likely impact of the myriad changes to the exam accountability system planned over the next few years. They made a commendable effort to develop a new set of indicators that… Read more »

Employee portraits. The Sutton Trust.

20th January 2014.

Picture by Zute Lightfoot

Out of character

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Dr Robert de Vries on the background to his new research on character traits and social mobility. The link between academic attainment and subsequent career success is pretty clear-cut. If you get good grades at school, you’ll be able to get a place at a top university. If you get a good degree, you’re more… Read more »

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Success in the States

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Julie Randles celebrates the early successes of the students taking part in our US Programme this year. December is always full of anticipation – for Christmas, for the end of term, and for the nights finally starting to get a bit shorter. For the students taking part in our US Programme this year, they had the added… Read more »

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Shining a light on university access

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Lee Elliot Major and Sophie Maddocks on the background to today’s Evaluating Access report. The Government’s call to double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolling onto degrees by 2020 has put further pressure on universities to show that their efforts to widen access are paying off. The latest UCAS figures today reveal… Read more »

Is social mobility improving?

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Sir Peter Lampl reflects on the past decade and asks if social mobility is improving. In 2005, we published one of the most widely quoted and influential studies in the Sutton Trust’s history. In a comparison of eight European and North American countries, researchers from the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of… Read more »

OECD at a glance

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Lee Elliot Major on ten take-home messages from the latest global education comparisons I managed to catch Andreas Schleicher in London yesterday on the latest stop of his whirlwind world tour presenting the latest OECD international comparisons of education. This is now a truly global event. Andreas had just flown in from a trip that… Read more »