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Methodology matters

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Kathy Sylva on how different methods in early years education research can draw different conclusions.  We know that educational inequalities set in before children start school. At age five, there is already a 19-month difference in school readiness between the very richest and the poorest children, a gap that only widens and becomes more entrenched… Read more »

Pathways opened my eyes to law

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Kelvin Ma reflects on his experiences as a Pathways to Law alumnus and offers tips for pursuing a legal career. Pursuing a legal career did not come naturally to me. My family lacked any legal professionals and few of those who attended my local comprehensive became lawyers. In fact only two out of 180 plus… Read more »

BENEFICIARY TO BENEFACTOR

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Lindsey Naylor on how our summer schools helped her become partner at a leading financial services firm. When I first heard about the Sutton Trust summer schools, I jumped at the chance to apply. As an A-level student, I knew I wanted to study economics at university but I didn’t think studying at Cambridge was… Read more »

Realising my dreams

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Bonnie MacRae, studying at Harris Academy, Dundee, reflects on her US Summer School experience. It’s truly remarkable to see how much can change on the basis of one impromptu decision. Exams were on the horizon, and I was supposed to be researching for my upcoming biology assignment. Instead, I found myself trawling the internet for information… Read more »

Pursuing a liberal arts education

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Grace Richardson, who is studying at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form, reflects on her summer school experience at MIT. Nearly four years ago, I attended a week long coding summer school in which I chatted casually with Harry Rickards, a programme participant. He was weeks away from enrolling at MIT and, as a normal… Read more »

My university learning curve

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Omolade Onabule, from Glasgow, shares her experiences during the University of Edinburgh Summer School. My week at Edinburgh University with the Sutton Trust was an incredible experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I made and kept in touch with friends living at opposite ends of the country. I learned more… Read more »

Would-be vets visit prestigious animal hospital

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Amber Cordice shares her experiences during the Royal Veterinary College Summer School. “Congratulations, you are a successful applicant to the Sutton Trust Summer School at the Royal Veterinary College! At this stage, please could you reply to this email to confirm you are able to attend.” This was the opening sentence that I laid my eyes… Read more »

Mind the Gap

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Summit Rapporteur Matt Rodda reports from today’s Sutton Trust/EEF pupil premium summit. Delegates attending the Sutton Trust and the EEF’s Pupil Premium Summit today who came by tube will have heard the familiar phrase “mind the gap” which is so often announced at underground stations. The summit addressed the equally well known attainment gap that… Read more »

Fairness for interns

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Sutton Trust Intern Jonathan Canty reflects on our new research about unpaid internships. Over the last fifty years, there has been an inexorable rise in the number of young people going on to university in the UK, with the proportion of working age people with university degrees reaching 38 per cent in 2013, compared to… Read more »