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Accessing Accountancy

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Julie Randles on why getting more state school kids into accountancy matters Getting into the top professions is a really competitive process, and your odds are a lot better if you’ve been to private school or to Oxbridge. Redressing that balance is a challenge. But once you see the talent of those in state schools… Read more »

Higher earnings

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Philip Kirby and Conor Ryan on today’s report on apprenticeships. Since the 1980s, mass higher education has brought with it many benefits. But its growth also saw a fall-off in traditional apprenticeships that has only recently started to reverse. And with the rising debts facing students – even higher in the wake of the 2015… Read more »

Letter to Maddy

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Lee Elliot Major warns his daughter of the many impending changes in education Dear Maddy, I know how excited you were completing your online application for a place at secondary school. It was so good to get this done well ahead of the deadline at the end of this month. A lot of families may have bought expensive houses to get… Read more »

Unfair Deal

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John Thompson on the disguised extra costs in the July budget for students taking out loans.  What makes for a fair deal? We need to know what we’re getting and what it costs; we don’t want hidden extras The Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, has ideas for higher education that follow from this… Read more »

Tackling the home advantage

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It was easier for graduates when I left university in the 1960s. You could afford to rent a flat close to the centre of London. There was no expectation that you had to have several internships under your belt before starting a professional or City job. Now those with a family home in the capital… Read more »

First Impressions

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Our new Director of Programmes Julie Randles gives her first impressions of her new role. It’s nearly the end of my first month at the Sutton Trust, and chance for me to look back at what I’ve learnt so far.  It’s been a whirlwind of meetings, programme visits, data sets and more PowerPoint presentations than… Read more »

Cambridge Calling

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Sutton Trust UK Summer School student Izzy Parkin reflects on her experience in Cambridge last month. Monday came and I was incredibly nervous about the summer school. Would I make friends? Would Cambridge live up to my stereotypical view of it being snobby? And most importantly, would I actually manage to navigate the trains and… Read more »

Summer Stateside

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Sutton Trust US Programme Student Olimata Taal reflects on her experience in America For me, the 2015 Sutton Trust summer school trip to the States, to say the least, was surreal. When I think back to this time last year and the hours I spent hauling over essays, survey monkeys and feeling like the next YouTube vlogger… Read more »

So long, farewell….

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James Turner says goodbye after a decade at the Trust After eleven years I am in my last couple of days at the Sutton Trust. From working on its research, policy and latterly programme work, I am moving over to the Education Endowment Foundation and the new challenges there. In my valedictory blog I wanted‎… Read more »