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The data deficit effect

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Conor Ryan on how a dearth of data helped the Sutton Trust make news in Scotland. A funny thing happened with our Global Gaps report a couple of weeks ago. John Jerrim’s excellent look at the different performance of highly able 15 year-olds from different social backgrounds gained some good – but not spectacular –… Read more »

Commenting on today’s report on grammar schools from the Education Select Committee, Sir Peter Lampl, Founder and Chairman of the Sutton Trust and Chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:  “The Education Select Committee is right to urge better evidence that new grammar schools can close the attainment gap. Our research has shown that less… Read more »

Commenting on today’s report on grammar schools from the Education Select Committee, Sir Peter Lampl, Founder and Chairman of the Sutton Trust and Chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation, said: “The Education Select Committee is right to urge better evidence that new grammar schools can close the attainment gap. Our research has shown that less… 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 »

Bright but poor pupils lag behind their bright but better-off classmates by around two years and eight months in maths, science and reading, according to new Sutton Trust research published today. The attainment gaps within the most able 10% of pupils are even bigger for girls than they are for boys, standing at about three… Read more »

Teaching is failing to attract enough specialist science graduates – particularly physics teachers – to meet the needs of the growing UK science-based industries, according to new research published today by the Sutton Trust. The report warns of a ‘science shortfall’ caused by the low numbers of biology, chemistry and physics graduates entering teacher training… Read more »

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Commenting on the Social Mobility Commission’s research into the class pay gap, Dr Lee Elliot Major, Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, said: “We know too well that graduates from less privileged backgrounds are under-represented in the top professions. But today’s report is a stark warning that disadvantage does not end on a graduate’s first… Read more »

REPORT FROM THE APPG ON SOCIAL MOBILITY ALSO URGES BAN ON UNPAID INTERNSHIPS Thousands of talented young people face a “lost opportunity” because they can’t access top jobs, unless employers take into account factors like whether a potential employee grew up in a poor neighbourhood, according to the report of a cross party MPs and… Read more »

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The Sutton Trust comments on new data from HESA

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HESA’s student statistics for 2015 / 16 show a 47% fall over four years in the number of part-time students enrolling in higher education; from 278k in 2011/12 to 148k in 2015/16. Dr Lee Elliot Major, Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, said: “While it is good to see that more and more people are… Read more »