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UK state pupils rush to Ivy League

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Sian Griffiths interviewed the Sutton Trust Class of 2017 for a Sunday Times news piece on our US Programme A growing number of Britain’s brightest students are leaving to study at America’s top universities, in some cases after being turned down by Oxford and Cambridge. Last year, more than 11,600 British students were enrolled at… Read more »

Dreaming spires don’t mean a dream job

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The Sunday Times’ Leaf Arbuthnot cites findings from our Earning by Degrees report. Cambridge occupies an exalted place in the national imagination. For many now studying for their A-levels, getting into Britain’s top university is held up as the ultimate goal — a golden ticket to a better life. *** According to a report last… Read more »

Your future is on the money

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The Sunday Times’ Sue Leonard cites findings from our Degrees of Debt report. It’s all change for new students heading off to university next year, not least on the financial front with tuition fees due to rise for the first time since 2012. *** According to the Sutton Trust, a social mobility charity, English students… Read more »

Parents pay private tutors £24 an hour

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The Sunday Times cites findings from our Shadow Schooling report in its Money section. The average cost of a private tutor to help your child, usually to pass an exam, is £24 an hour, according to a report from the Sutton Trust, which aims to improve social mobility through education. One in four children aged… Read more »

How to save thousands on the cost of a degree

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Ali Hussain quoted Sir Peter Lampl in a Sunday Times Money lead story on student debt. Freshers starting university this autumn face eye-watering interest of 4.6% on their student loans — meaning it will take many years for them to pay off their debts. The interest rate, which rises from 3.9% next month, comes at… Read more »

Graduates in England top debt league

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The Sunday Times reported in its Money pages on Degrees of Debt University tuition fees of up to £9,000 a year mean graduates in England face higher debts than their peers in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, according to the Sutton Trust, a social mobility think tank. The average debt of a graduate in… Read more »

Britain’s 500 most influential

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Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust and EEF, and Sir Kevan Collins, EEF chief executive among most influential in education, says Sunday Times/Debretts report Who is shaping our national life in 2016? This list of the 500 most influential people in Britain today, compiled by Debrett’s, presents a fascinating kaleidescope of the individuals… Read more »

The trouble with boys

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Lee Elliot Major was quoted in the Sunday Times by Martin Daubney on boys’ educational issues As the mother of a boy and a girl, Helen Trussler has seen a stark contrast in their fortunes at school. While her 18-year-old daughter Beth has thrived, she feels that her once-confident son Harry, 12, has been crushed… Read more »

Graduates face steeper bill to clear student debt

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Sutton Trust Chairman, Sir Peter Lampl, was quoted by Mary O’Connor in the Sunday Times in an article on student loan repayments. George Osborne promised last week that the government would leave behind for the next generation “a stronger country than the one we inherited”. Yet that generation will inherit something else from the chancellor too:… Read more »