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How good is a teacher? Check the exam results

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Conor Ryan on why improved test scores are a far better measure of success than student surveys Good teaching is at the heart of good schools. We have done a lot to improve the quality of new teachers, but there has been much less focus on the quality of the existing workforce. Yet, while 35,000… Read more »

Hollywood prizes won on the playing-fields of Eton

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Lee Elliot Major asks whether the acting profession could do more to develop talent from all backgrounds Daniel Day-Lewis’s unprecedented third Oscar for Best Actor topped a successful night for Brits at the 85th Academy Awards this week. Day-Lewis famously holds dual British and Irish citizenship. But his background is that of the quintessential English actor. Day-Lewis… Read more »

Increasing social mobility in UK financial services

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Lee Elliott Major on why the City needs to improve social mobility for economic as well as social reasons. Thomas Wood is what the Sutton Trust is all about. A bright state school boy whose parents had never experienced higher education, he wasn’t sure whether study, let alone at a prestigious university, was for him. One week… Read more »

Two countries united by a common access problem

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James Turner considers access issues State-side I had some respite from the London cold last week, when I was invited to speak at aBritish Council event at the University of California, Los Angeles, on widening access to university. It was a fascinating session and underlined that – while our weather may be quite different – our… Read more »

Can we reach consensus on secondary reform?

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Conor Ryan considers the implications of last week’s announcements by Michael Gove. Last Thursday’s unexpected U-turn by Education Secretary Michael Gove over his plans to replace GCSEs was presented by some as a sign that the most sure-footed cabinet minister in the coalition had come unstuck. Yet a closer look at what actually happened suggests that though… Read more »

We need the best postgrads, not just the richest

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Peter Lampl on a worrying divide in postgraduate studies Today’s new Sutton Trust report on the Postgraduate Premium highlights what is becoming a new frontier in the battle to improve social mobility. In the 15 years since I established the Sutton Trust, we have started to make inroads into the state/private school balance at Oxford and Cambridge,… Read more »

Why teachers can’t call themselves a profession

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Lee Elliot Major on the need for an evidence-based approach in the classroom I have often thought that commentators who want to criticise teachers should first pass the ‘teacher test’ to earn the right to do so. Having spent time in front of an inner-city classroom (with a teacher beside me) I can tell you… Read more »

Too Young To Count?

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James Turner examines the challenges of working with younger pupils Last week, the OFFA chief Les Ebdon said that universities should look to work more with younger age groups. We couldn’t agree more. The Sutton Trust has always believed at intervention at every phase of education, and we have a proud history of supporting initiatives reaching younger… Read more »

Lucinda Denney: My Welcome to Yale

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18 year-old Lucinda Denney, an A-level student from Blackpool, is one of 12 students already offered places at leading US universities, thanks to the Sutton Trust summer school. As our guest blogger today, she reflects on going to Yale. When I was accepted to the Sutton Trust’s US Summer School Programme, I could never have even… Read more »

The Trouble With Boys

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Conor Ryan reflects on David Willetts’ latest initiative to persuade more white working class boys to study at university Universities minister David Willetts was quick off the blocks for 2013 with his ideas on how to encourage white working class boys to go to university. Young women are now a third more likely than young men to… Read more »