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The Sutton Trust, in its response to the second stage National Funding Formula consultation, raises concerns regarding overall funding cuts to school budgets, and urges the government to address the issue of ‘double disadvantage’ experienced by those pupils who come from both a disadvantaged background and live in poorer neighbourhoods.

The Education Committee today published a report investigating the effectiveness of multi-academy trusts. The Committee found that evidence for the effectiveness of multi-academy trusts (MATs) is limited and varied, cautioning that there is significant work to be done before large-scale expansion of MATs is justified. The Sutton Trust’s Chain Effects report shows that several academy chains… Read more »

Baroness Tyler of Enfield today tabled an oral question in the House of Lords on the barriers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face in accessing elite universities and top professions. Baroness Tyler drew the Lords’ attention to the final report from the APPG on Social Mobility, and highlighted the recommendations in the report to address… Read more »

Ruth Davidson MSP (Leader of the Conservative Party) opened First Minister’s Questions with a question on our Global Gaps report. The report discussion lasted for the first 10 minutes with Kezia Dugdale MSP (Leader of the Scottish Labour Party) then also using her opening question to ask the First Minister about our report. Davidson used the report… Read more »

The Sutton Trust has responded to the Government’s education green paper, ‘Schools that work for everyone’, drawing on our new research ‘Gaps in Grammar’ which addresses the Government’s argument that grammar schools benefit disadvantaged and highly able students and improve the whole education system overall. The key points in our submission are below (the full response… Read more »

November was a busy month for the Sutton Trust with lots of parliamentary activities centered on education and social mobility. As well as the scheduled Education Oral Questions, the second reading of the Technical and Further Education Bill and several Westminster Hall debates on schools admissions, schools funding and apprenticeships funding, there was also the… Read more »

Sutton Trust influences grammar schools debate

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The Sutton Trust has been mentioned throughout the debates in parliament on the government’s grammar schools policy and proposals for “schools that work for everyone”. The Education Secretary Justine Greening said that the government are looking at whether they want to allow grammar schools to expand in order to spread choice and encourage grammar schools… Read more »

The Prime Minister Theresa May gave her first major domestic policy speech on Friday 9th September, mentioning the Sutton Trust’s pioneering work through the Open Access scheme with Belvedere College as an example of a good independent school sector initiative. The speech was most notable for an intention to expand grammar schools as part of… Read more »

The Committee Stage of the Higher Education Bill began in the House of Commons this month, scrutinising the Bill clause by clause. The Sutton Trust was mentioned by Conservative MP Ben Howlett who brought up the Scottish research to infer that tuition fees increase access into higher education by removing a cap on places. Shadow… Read more »

During the Education Committee’s inquiry into MATS , the Sutton Trust’s Chain Effects lead author Professor Merryn Hutchings gave evidence to the committee alongside the Education Policy Institute’s Natalie Perrera, the NFER’s Karen Wespieser, and Dr Melanie Ehren from UCL. Professor Hutchings said that while “some chains do appear to have transformed the chances of their… Read more »