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MP blames private schools for England football failure

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The Times’ Martyn Ziegler cites comments from Lee Elliot Major’s blog article ‘England’s level playing field‘ and our research on the educational background of Olympic medallists. England’s footballing humiliation at the feet of Iceland this summer and the team’s failure to win a trophy in 50 years has been blamed on the elitism of private… Read more »

Our Chairman writes to The Times regarding the spiralling costs of student living. Sir, Students from working class homes are still not fairly represented at university, particularly at Russell Group institutions, in relation to their academic ability. We should be doing all we can to widen participation. Yet, as Emma Duncan points out (Universities are… Read more »

Libby Purves highlights Sutton Trust Oxbridge teacher polling in her regular Times column. Talking to some sixth-formers about journalism back in 2001, the topic turned to degree choices. They were a bright bunch, and in the time-honoured manner of media Eeyores I cautioned against certain shiny-but-shallow courses because most editors and employers seemed to prefer… Read more »

The Times’ Nicola Woolcock cites findings from our teachers’ Oxbridge perception polling. More than two fifths of state secondary school teachers say they would rarely, or never, advise their bright pupils to apply to Oxbridge. *** Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “We know how important teachers are in shaping young people’s… Read more »

The Times’s Rachel Carlyle speakers to our Chief Executive, Dr Lee Eliot Major. Parents of the 600,000 children (in England) who will change schools next September have until October 31 to make their choice. *** Parents agonise most when faced with a fair-to-middling school on paper because it feels like you’re taking a leap, says… Read more »

Greg Hurst: Terms of debate have changed

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The Times’ Greg Hurst cites findings from our Poor Grammar report and earlier Sutton Trust research. As Theresa May noted, people tend to “get lost in the argument” about whether grammar schools improved social mobility in their heyday of the 1950s and 1960s (Greg Hurst writes). ….. Some Conservative counties such as Kent and Buckinghamshire… Read more »

Grammar schools plan and social mobility

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Sir Peter Lampl wrote to The Times about grammar schools. Sir, Further to Tim Montgomerie’s article, there is no question that grammar schools are socially selective. The average proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals in grammar schools is 3 per cent compared with 18 per cent in the boroughs they serve. As things… Read more »

Tim Montgomerie cites findings from our Leading People 2016 report. If it’s the last thing I do, I’m going to destroy every f***ing grammar school in England. And Wales. And Northern Ireland.” The authenticity of the quotation, attributed to Tony Crosland by his wife Susan, is contested but there is no doubting the determination that… Read more »

The Times’ Nicola Woolcock cites findings from our Shadow Schooling report. A quarter of children are being privately taught outside school as middle-class parents engage in a “tutoring arms race”, according to analysis. The report by the Sutton Trust think tank suggests that children at independent schools are twice as likely to have private tutors… Read more »