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The Guardian’s Helena Pozniak cites findings from our Leading People 2016 report. Jeremy Irons never went to university but he rather wishes he had. As one of the UK’s most distinguished actors, he’s forever associated with academia – a legacy of his breakthrough role as the Oxford student Charles Ryder in the acclaimed 1981 ITV… Read more »

The Guardian’s Jessica Elgot’s cites findings from the Class ceiling report, the APPG on Social Mobility report. MPs have called for a ban on unpaid internships, which they say unfairly penalise working-class young people who cannot spend long periods of time working for free to get into their chosen career. More employers should also consider… Read more »

Emine Saner highlighted Sutton Trust research on private tuition in a Guardian piece on the North-South education divide Blame the parents. According to Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner, one reason that there is a gap in educational attainment between teenagers in the north and the south is because northern parents are not as pushy as… Read more »

Guardian columnist Tim Lott cites findings from our Class Differences report. There has been another report – this time from the Sutton Trust – showing that white working-class children are underperforming in schools. This is a long-established tendency. Nearly all ethnic minority groups do better. This includes black African, Chinese and Bangladeshi children. We are… Read more »

Richard Adams reported on our Oxbridge teachers’ polling for The Guardian Oxbridge is struggling to overcome stereotypes of elitism and private school dominance even after a decade of well-funded outreach to state schools, according to a survey of schoolteachers. The Sutton Trust found that more than 40% of state secondary school teachers rarely or never… Read more »

Sharp rise in children receiving private tuition

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The Guardian’s Sally Weale cites findings from our Shadow Schooling report. The private tuition industry is booming, with the proportion of pupils paying for a tutor to help with school work or grammar school entrance exams up by a third, according to new research. More than 40% of pupils in London have a private tutor… Read more »

Sally Weale reported for the Guardian on Sutton Trust analysis of the schooling of Team GB Olympic athletes Private schools remain over-represented among Team GB Olympic medal winners, with about a third of medallists in Rio educated at fee-paying schools, according to the Sutton Trust. Although six out of 10 of this year’s British medallists… Read more »

Guardian columnist Owen Jones cites Sutton Trust Leading People research in an article on class British society hands out golden tickets to the privileged. These tickets secure the lucky few, born into certain select families, disproportionate power and influence for the rest of their lives. Growing up in a comfortable home with space to study;… Read more »