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Evidence of intent

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Conor Ryan on the evidence behind the parties’ election proposals for education The manifestos have been published. And while much of the policy noise of the election campaign has focused on social care and the winter heating allowance, there is quite a lot of educational policy in the parties’ statements of intent. Despite the mid-campaign… Read more »

Who makes the cut?

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Ellie Decamp on access to medicine Before I joined the Sutton Trust I was a doctoral student researching the links between Literature and Medical History in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – blood, guts, gore and all! My interest in the field hasn’t dried up and I was happily lecturing on bleeding basins and surgical… Read more »

Young votes matter

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Development intern, Ben Roberts on why young people should vote in the forthcoming election ‘Not another one!’ With the United Kingdom’s second general election in just two years around the corner, it’s easy to understand the British people’s faint annoyance at having to go out and vote again. Election fatigue does pose a real danger… Read more »

Mobility in the manifestos

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Javneet Ghuman, Parliamentary and Public Affairs Officer, on why today’s Mobility Manifesto matters Two years may have passed since the last general election, but it doesn’t feel that long ago. I vividly remember knocking on hundreds of doors, making countless phone calls, and my living room being buried under piles of leaflets. By the time… Read more »

Sticky politics

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Real-politic will trump social mobility in the 2017 General Election argues Lee Elliot Major One consequence of Britain’s low social mobility is an increasingly detached political elite unable to deliver on their promises to improve opportunities for the rest of the nation. Over the coming weeks we will hear much rhetoric about improving social mobility… Read more »

Money Matters

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Sir Peter Lampl on the lessons from our latest teacher polling A few weeks ago, we published our submission to the government’s consultation on the National Funding Formula. We highlighted concerns that the current plans do not do enough to address ‘double disadvantage’ ie poor pupils living in deprived areas. Our response warned that real-term… Read more »

Support to support

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Laura Bruce, Programmes Manager at the Trust, explores what we’re doing to support teachers to support their pupils.  We know how important teachers are in shaping the route that young people take after school. Last year our summer school students said that, when it comes to making decisions about universities, the opinions of their teachers… Read more »

Nine to one – not as easy as ABC

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Conor Ryan on the dangers of an increasingly complex accountability system Back in 1995, I helped David Blunkett commit a heretical act – at least in the eyes of the teaching unions. With the help of the late David Frost and a closely argued column in The Times, we embraced the need for school performance… Read more »

Where are they now?

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Ellie Decamp on the socially mobile Sutton Trust alumni who are bucking the trends. An MP, a barrister and a physician walked into a bar and…discovered they had all been on a Sutton Trust programme. I like bragging about our alumni. There are 25,000 of them now, and with 4,500 young people joining a Sutton… Read more »

Is the Bananarama Principle Dead?

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Lee Elliot Major asks whether schools are now ‘livin on a prayer’ In the earliest days of presenting the then pupil premium toolkit, I would entertain audiences of teachers by playing a famous song by a 1980’s girl band. “It Ain’t What You Do (It’s The Way That You Do It)” may seem an odd… Read more »