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Sir Peter Lampl argues for means-tested fees in The Times. As the country basks in Olympic success, a few voices have raised concerns about the entry barriers faced by the non-privileged to participate in the elite Olympic sports the country has excelled in. But the spectre of an even more ominous barrier to opportunity is… Read more »

Merit, not money, has to prevail

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Sir Peter Lampl writes on Open Access for The Times. What is the one fact that best defines the educational divide between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more privileged peers? I am often asked this question when talking about the Sutton Trust’s work to improve social mobility through education. The Trust has produced over… Read more »

Should teachers be paid by results?

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Sir Peter Lampl debates performance related pay with the NUT’s Christine Blower in The Times. Like many people in business, I used to have a negative view of teachers. The commonly held assumption in the business community is that teachers have a soft job with long holidays, are heavily unionised and retire early. But after… Read more »

Sir Peter Lampl writes in The Times on plans for Sutton Trust US summer schools. A few years ago I visited the admissions offices of most Ivy League universities in the US. At the world’s top-ranked university, Harvard, I sat in on an admissions committee meeting at which the personal and school background of almost… Read more »

Ability to think must trump ability to pay

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Sir Peter Lampl makes the case for the Sutton Trust Open Access scheme in The Times. Imagine a world where children’s chances of getting into the best schools did not depend on the wealth of their parents, but their talents; where brains, not bank balances, mattered most. In such a world, independent schools would not… Read more »

Sir Peter Lampl writes in The Times on the need for improved social mobility in the legal profession. Three tribunal judges have made a ruling that ensures the apartheid between independent and state schools will stay alive and well in the UK. The detailed judgment made this month stretches to well over 100 pages. But… Read more »

Sir Peter Lampl writes on the bursaries available at leading US universities in The Times. he Government will today try to reassure us that social mobility will not be the victim of its market reforms in higher education. It will announce targets for attracting poorer students and the expansion of the Office for Fair Access… Read more »

Sir Peter Lampl makes the case for Open Access to independent day schools in The Times. We need all schools to provide an education which matches the best in the independent sector.” This seemingly uncontroversial statement, buried in the Government’s social mobility strategy, went unnoticed in the reports last week. Sympathetic as I am to… Read more »

High fees and deep cuts are a toxic mixture

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Sir Peter Lampl wrote for the Times on the dangers of excessive student debt. Education is one generation’s gift to the next. And that is why many of us whose lives have been transformed by a free but priceless university education will feel some pangs of sympathy for the peaceful student protesters as they take… Read more »

How we fail our students

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Sir Peter Lampl wrote for The Times on new university access benchmarks. TODAY’S news that the number of students from state schools going to 13 leading universities has increased by 35 per cent in five years — almost all the growth in undergraduate numbers at these institutions — is a tribute to the universities, the… Read more »