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Leading legals

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Justice is blind. But is it education blind? Kathryn Davies and Philip Kirby on social mobility in the UK legal profession. Several years ago, the Sutton Trust analysed the educational backgrounds of the UK’s top judges. In 1989, three quarters (76%) of them had gone to private schools. By 2004, this figure had lowered –… Read more »

Access in Alba

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Julie Randles sees access in action on visits to St Andrews and Durham. I’ve spent the past week visiting our partner universities in Scotland. It was great to go back to St Andrews, where I was an undergraduate more years ago than I care to mention; certainly the university and the town have changed a… Read more »

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Student architecture

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Conor Ryan asks whether the HE green paper plans really will empower disadvantaged students. Green and white papers are published for a variety of reasons, aside from the need to ‘consult’ prior to legislation. A new minister wants to make his or her mark. The government needs to save money. A department wants to show… Read more »

Investing in Literacy

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Sir Kevan Collins on the Education Endowment Foundation’s new campaign to improve literacy levels in the North East.  Much has been made of the transformation of inner-London schools into an education powerhouse; their achievements are certainly one of the success stories of recent times. But as schools in the capital consistently produce great results, particularly… Read more »

Too many children left behind

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Lee Elliot Major on more startling evidence on widening attainment gaps as children get older. I had the privilege of speaking to a packed lecture theatre at the London School of Economics last week. I was asked to respond to the findings of the most powerful international study yet on education inequality in the early… Read more »

A test of character

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Sir Peter Lampl on why today’s new EEF trials of character education could help improve vital social skills for disadvantaged young people. The debate on school standards too often comes up against a false dichotomy. We can either teach knowledge or skills, we are told. Yet powerful new Harvard research suggests that picking one without… Read more »

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 »