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What do think tanks do?

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The Economist referenced the Sutton Trust’s ‘do-tank’ model in their explainer on think-tanks.  ‘Yet the world may have reached peak tank. The Pennsylvanian researchers found that in 2014 the number of new tanks declined for the first time in 30 years. One reason is that donors nowadays prefer to make project-specific grants, rather than funnelling… Read more »

The road to London

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The Sutton Trust is mentioned in an Economist article about the London Challenge model The Blue School, a state secondary in Somerset, does not have much in common with its counterparts in London. It is set in immaculate playing fields, a ten minute stroll from the centre of Wells, the smallest city in the country…. Read more »

A new syllabus

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The Economist cites our Poor Grammar research. THERESA MAY clearly wants to be remembered for more than overseeing Brexit. On September 9th the new prime minister set out plans to build a “truly meritocratic Britain” that stretched “the most academically able, regardless of their background.” The details, presented in Parliament three days later, included some… Read more »

Starbucksification of schools

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The Economist cites the Sutton Trust in an article on academies in its 26 March edition Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, was billed as a steady hand when she took office in 2014. Her predecessor, Michael Gove, had enraged teachers and their unions (which he christened the “blob”, after a monster from a 1958 science-fiction… Read more »

Posh professions

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The Economist reported on our Leading People research “Education should not be about wealth,” boomed Tony Blair in 1996. Two decades later, it still is. Private schools teach 7% of Britain’s pupils, but account for half the country’s senior civil servants, cabinet ministers and leading journalists. Seven in ten generals and judges went to independent… Read more »

Hiding in plain sight

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The Economist mentioned the Sutton Trust on apprenticeships in a report on Britain’s underclass. NOT much happens in South Shields at nine o’clock on a weekday morning. The high street is mostly empty, with just a handful of commuters at the metro station. The exception is the job centre, bustling with men and women searching for… Read more »

Learning the hard way

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The Economist reports on the Sutton Trust candidates’s research. The opposition Labour Party, which champions equality in education, has long struggled with the notion of private schooling. Its politicians often attack the Eton toffs of the ruling Conservatives in Parliament because of their privileged background. But some Labour cabinet ministers in the past have put… Read more »

The new school rules

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Anne McElvoy cites the Sutton Trust Chain Effects report in an Economist article on academies. THE King Solomon Academy, a squat modern building overshadowed by social-housing tower blocks in central London, feels like the kind of inner-city school that reformers dream of creating. The mood is attentive, the walls festooned with quotes enjoining pupils to… Read more »

Keeping up with the Schmidts

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Lee Elliot Major is quoted in the Economist presenting Sutton Trust’s line on apprenticeships. As the football World Cup approaches, so too does the prospect of another drubbing by Germany. The England team crashed out of the last tournament, in 2010, in a humiliating defeat to its old rival. Sports fans, however, are not the… Read more »