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In the Times, Sathnam Sanghera says our Leading People report reinforces the fact that Eton old-boys’ networks are still strong. It’s hard to know where to start with Bear Grylls’ complaint this week that his schooling at Eton had failed to teach him key life skills such as keeping fit, eating healthily and navigating the tax… Read more »

Best schools add £18,600 to average house price

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The BBC cites our Selective Comprehensives report in a story on the house price premium near top comprehensive schools. Being near a good primary school adds £18,600 to the average house price in England, government research has found. A study by the Department for Education (DfE) has found prices are 8% higher near the best-performing… Read more »

Charlotte Santry at the TES covers the Sutton Trust’s response to proposals for the new National Funding Formula. The government’s proposed national funding formula for schools fails to recognise the “double disadvantage” faced by pupils from poor homes in deprived neighbourhoods, according to the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation. In a joint submission to… Read more »

Rachel Roberts of the Independent quotes our chairman Peter Lampl on fairer admissions to grammar schools. Grammar schools could be forced to lower the 11-plus pass mark for children from lower-income families in order to end the stranglehold middle-class pupils have on places, Government sources have said. The proposed reforms, to be announced next month,… Read more »

Richard Vaughan at the I covers our polling on access to the financial services industries. Financial executives are failing to hire young people from poor backgrounds because of their choice of clothes and accents in job interviews, according to a survey. Four-fifths of senior decision makers from the banking and accounting sectors listed the way… Read more »

Nicola Woolcock of the Times covers our polling on access to the financial services industries. Young people are being locked out of top jobs because they unwittingly breach dress codes or have the wrong accent, polling has found. A survey of senior figures in financial services confirmed suspicions that candidates from poorer backgrounds are being… Read more »

Editorial: Scotland has to learn vital lesson

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An editorial in the Scotsman discusses the attainment gap in Scotland, referring to our Global Gaps report. Ruth Davidson also mentions the report in her speech to Scottish Conservative conference, garnering coverage across Scottish media. There has been much talk about closing the attainment gap in Scottish education – put more plainly, that means getting… Read more »

Dan Whitehead of Sky News cites findings from our newly published report on selective comprehensives. The story was also broadcast on Sky TV News. Top-rated schools in England are pushing up house prices in local catchment areas, making them more “socially selective”, according to a new report. Hundreds of thousands of children will today learn… Read more »