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Sir Peter Lampl looked to the continent in a comment piece for The Times’ ‘Elite Apprenticeships’ supplement. Working for Siemens in Germany in the late Seventies I was struck by one stark difference with Britain: apprentices were as valued and valuable as university graduates. Culturally, they enjoyed the respect not only of employers, but of parents,… Read more »

US PRGRAMME

Nicola Woolcock reported for The Times on the early successes of this year’s US programme Dozens of bright British teenagers from modest backgrounds have won places at top US universities thanks to a pioneering scheme run by a charity. A teenage carer and a Butlin’s lifeguard are among the sixth-formers to be accepted by American… Read more »

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Sir Peter Lampl letter on Oxbridge Admissions

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Sir Peter Lampl wrote to the Times about Oxbridge Admissions. Your leader “Admissions Omissions” rightly recognises the role that state schools must play in encouraging able students to apply to Oxford and Cambridge. Our research has shown that a third of bright but disadvantaged students fall back significantly between the ages of 11 and 16…. Read more »

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Admissions Omissions

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The Times leader cites the Sutton Trust’s polling of teachers, in an article regarding Oxbridge admissions. In the name of social mobility, a commission chaired by Alan Milburn is to recommend that Oxford and Cambridge pay less attention to academic ability and more to social background when admitting students. This is an assault on the… Read more »

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Educating Rons and Ritas

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The Sutton Trust was mentioned in a Times leading article. The precise source of the maxim that not everything that counts can be counted is disputed. It is sometimes attributed to Albert Einstein but that doesn’t need to be the case to make it true. So much that counts as education arises out of school…. Read more »

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Greg Hurst quoted Sir Peter Lampl in his Times report on the OECD’s findings on fees Britain has the highest tuition fees at publicly funded universities in the developed world, including the United States, according to a new study. However, the institutions spent more per head on each student than any country, the analysis by… Read more »

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Private schools still rule the legal world

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Frances Gibb reported for The Times on our research with Prime on leading lawyers Three quarters of senior judges and 71 per cent of top QCs are still privately educated, making them ten times more likely than the general population to have been to an independent school, a survey shows today. Despite efforts to improve… Read more »

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Poor white boys are bottom of the class

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Rosemary Bennett mentioned the Sutton Trust in her Times coverage of a new EHRC report on disadvantage White working-class boys have slipped farther down the educational ladder, according to the equalities watchdog. Their achievements at GCSE fall short of every ethnic group, with Pakistani and Bangladeshi children making particular strides in education in the past… Read more »

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David Jesson: Schools of thought

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Prof David Jesson cited Sutton Trust research in a letter to The Times. Sir, Your leader (Oct 15) raises issues that go far beyond a decision to allow the Weald of Kent Grammar School to expand. Much of the emphasis of government policy has been on narrowing the gap between disadvantaged and other pupils. Many… Read more »

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Kevin Maher: Hitting the Oxbridge jackpot

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Times columnist Kevin Maher reflected on the Sutton Trust Levels of Success report. You probably knew this anyway, but figures collected for the education charity The Sutton Trust have revealed that graduates from Oxford and Cambridge can expect to earn, in the course of their professional lifetimes, up to £400,000 more than graduates from so-called… Read more »