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Best in Class: afternoon report

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Matt Rodda, summit rapporteur, reports from the afternoon session at Best in Class. The challenge of improving leadership, together with how to learn from international best practice was raised as Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw and the OECD’s Andreas Schleicher made their contributions to Best in Class, a social mobility summit organised by the Sutton Trust in partnership… Read more »

Best in Class: morning report

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Matt Rodda, summit rapporteur, reports from the morning session at Best in Class. Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, reiterated the Government’s commitment to improving opportunities for disadvantaged pupils and challenged local councils to do more to improve schools, at a joint Sutton Trust and Carnegie social mobility summit, Best in Class, which was held today. He… Read more »

Access to the top

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Justin Madders MP, Chair of the Social Mobility APPG, Co-Chair Baroness Tyler, and Flick Drummond MP, discuss their prospective inquiry with the Sutton Trust into access into leading professions We know from the Sutton Trust’s research that almost a third of MPs in the House of Commons are privately educated, about half of the Cabinet,… Read more »

John Claughton responds to the findings of our recent Leading People report. Last month’s Leading People 2016 report showed the dominance still exerted over the commanding heights of our society by pupils from independent schools. So, for example, 74% of High Court judges, 51% of print journalists, 61% of doctors attended independent schools. These figures… Read more »

Lee Elliot Major and Philip Kirby on what our Leading People 2016 report means for access to top professions. Britain’s got talent: that’s the powerful message the privately-educated pop mogul Simon Cowell has cleverly embraced to produce the successful television show that plucks unknown talents and thrusts them into the limelight. But what exactly is… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »