Nearly a third of MPs and almost two thirds of members of the House of Lords were educated privately, compared to 7% in the wider population, according to a report published today by the Sutton Trust. It also found that 27% of the Commons and 42% of the Lords were educated at Oxford or Cambridge universities.
Pupils from less well-off backgrounds are significantly underrepresented at the country's top 200 state secondary schools (6% of schools) according to a study by the Sutton Trust based on data provided by the National Foundation for Educational Research.
The first group of Open Access Students at the GDST's Belvedere School in Liverpool to take their GCSEs has delivered the best results the School has ever had with 63.2% of all examinations passed with A*/A grades and 88.1% at A*-B.
A record number of nearly 2,700 sixth formers from state schools and colleges from across Britain have applied this year for 644 places at five free week-long summer schools which the Sutton Trust sponsors for students from non traditional backgrounds at top universities.
A new report, published today, urges the Government to include plans for a national network of dedicated school buses in its forthcoming Education Bill, to address a range of pressing social, environmental and economic challenges.
A five year study into the validity of the use of a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in university entrance is launched today by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). The study will examine how far the SAT might help admissions officers deal with the thousands of applications they receive each year.
Greater access to the legal profession is called for by Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, after the publication of a disturbing report which reveals the narrow educational backgrounds of the country's top lawyers.
Disturbing finding from LSE study – social mobility in Britain lower than other advanced countries and declining
In a study sponsored by the Sutton Trust, researchers from Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics1 have compared the life chances of British children with those in other advanced countries, and the results are disturbing.
The Oxford Access Scheme, based at the University of Oxford, is to encourage 100 children aged 13 and 14 from schools all over the country to become its ambassadors. They will follow a four-year programme of activities in a bid to raise the aspirations of talented students from schools which do not send children to top universities.
The Sutton Trust announces two summer school programmes.