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Mind your grammars

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Carl Cullinane on the background to today’s grammar schools research. The months since Theresa May announced her plans to scrap the 1998 legislation banning the establishment of new grammar schools have seen a renewed and impassioned debate on academic selection in England. Sutton Trust research has been at the heart of this debate, both in… Read more »

Don’t be trumped

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Sir Peter Lampl urges bright students to still consider US study despite President Trump’s election. Like many, I woke up on November 10th concerned for the future of the world. I was extremely worried that an America under Donald Trump would lose its progressive and tolerant values. The anti-immigration tone of Trump’s campaign has caused… Read more »

Pathways opened my eyes to law

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Kelvin Ma reflects on his experiences as a Pathways to Law alumnus and offers tips for pursuing a legal career. Pursuing a legal career did not come naturally to me. My family lacked any legal professionals and few of those who attended my local comprehensive became lawyers. In fact only two out of 180 plus… Read more »

Evaluating EasyPeasy

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Last year, EasyPeasy joined the Sutton Trust and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation’s Parental Engagement Fund, designed to increase our knowledge of what works to improve parental engagement in the early years. The programme’s mission is remarkably similar to our own at EasyPeasy. Only a year before that, when EasyPeasy was just a twinkle in our eye,… Read more »

Mind the Gap

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Sir Peter Lampl reflects on attainment gaps as the EEF celebrates its 5th birthday. On Tuesday, we celebrated five years of the Education Endowment Foundation. In that time, the EEF has become a watchword for evidence-based education, helping move research onto the teachers’ agenda in ways not previously seen in this country. The Teaching and… Read more »

From Cheltenham to Durham

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Lee Elliot Major shares perspectives from recent visits to the Cheltenham Literature Festival and Durham University. “Fortunately in England…education produces no effect whatsoever.” Oscar Wilde once said. “If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence.” A century on and the education system still… Read more »

Drama in Crisis

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Hilary Cornwell reports on the final session of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on social mobility’s inquiry into access to leading professions.  Swapping Hollywood for Westminster, Michael Sheen addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on social mobility at the Houses of Parliament last night. The actor, best-known for his portrayals of Tony Blair and Brian Clough, spoke about the… Read more »

BENEFICIARY TO BENEFACTOR

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Lindsey Naylor on how our summer schools helped her become partner at a leading financial services firm. When I first heard about the Sutton Trust summer schools, I jumped at the chance to apply. As an A-level student, I knew I wanted to study economics at university but I didn’t think studying at Cambridge was… Read more »

Under advisement

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Conor Ryan on the implications of today’s teacher polling. What are we to make of the idea that some four in ten teachers rarely or never advise bright students to apply to Oxford and Cambridge? This finding in an NFER poll for the Sutton Trust published today has remained stubbornly unchanged since 2007. And perhaps more… Read more »

Able to succeed

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Sir Peter Lampl suggests a way forward for Theresa May as she faces Commons opposition to her grammar school plans. Theresa May’s plans to expand grammar schools have run into a spot of bother in the Commons. Some of her MPs are reluctant to support a policy they see running counter to the academies, free… Read more »