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The Daily Mail’s Eleanor Harding cites findings from our Global Gaps report. Bright disadvantaged teenagers in England lag more than two-and-a-half years behind their affluent classmates in core academic subjects, according to new research. The gap is worst among girls, with clever pupils from poorer backgrounds around three years behind in reading and science. The… Read more »

Eleanor Harding quoted our chairman in her Daily Mail coverage of the primary school tests The number of pupils hitting targets for reading, writing and maths is down nearly a third, results from this year’s tougher SATs tests show. Almost 200,000 children are in under-performing primary schools, the data reveals. In total, 665 mainstream English… Read more »

The Daily Mail’s Eleanor Harding cites findings from our Class Differences: Ethnicity and disadvantage report. Pupils of Chinese descent from disadvantaged homes are almost three times as likely as white working class pupils to get five good GCSEs, a study shows. The analysis suggests a poor child’s chances of achieving at school depends heavily on… Read more »

Eleanor Harding reported on our Oxbridge teachers’ polling for the Daily Mail State school teachers refuse to encourage bright, disadvantaged pupils to apply to Oxford and Cambridge because they assume most ‘won’t be happy there’. Four in ten teachers said they would rarely or never advise their cleverest children to apply – despite the opportunities… Read more »

March of the meritocrats

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James Slack, Jason Groves and Eleanor Harding comment on the Sutton Trust’s analysis of Theresa May’s new cabinet on page 1 of the Daily Mail. Theresa May was hailed last night after appointing a Cabinet containing more State-educated ministers than at any time in Tory Party history. The new Prime Minister brushed aside the David… Read more »

Faith schools ‘shunning poor pupils’

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Eleanor Harding reported on our Caught Out research brief for the Daily Mail Church schools are shunning the poorest children as the middle classes tighten their grip on the best school places, according to a new report. Educational charity the Sutton Trust found there are 1,576 primary schools in England which are ‘highly socially selective’…. Read more »

‘Appeaser’ heads who tolerate bad behaviour

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Eleanor Harding reported from the Sutton Trust/Carnegie summit for the Daily Mail Too many senior teachers in Britain’s schools are ‘appeasers’ who are prepared to put up with appalling behaviour, Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned. In a stinging attack on poorly-performing secondary schools yesterday, the head of Ofsted said pupils were being failed by weak… Read more »

Deloitte’s chief executive David Sproul responded to our Leading People research in the Daily Mail Research by the Sutton Trust has found that the UK’s leading professions are still dominated by people who were educated at private schools. It focused on those in prominent positions in their professions and found that 71 per cent of… Read more »