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Top ten Oxbridge tips for teachers

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Lee Elliot Major revisits his popular top ten tips for teachers on enabling their students to apply to Oxford and Cambridge. Sutton Trust surveys have suggested that less than half of secondary state school teachers would advise their highest pupils to apply to Oxford and Cambridge universities. I’ve always thought that it is one of… Read more »

Lost in the grammars debate

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Conor Ryan reflects on the grammar schools debate It was just three months before Tony Blair’s historic victory in 1997. Ben Chapman was fighting as the Labour candidate in the Wirral South by-election. And David Blunkett, the shadow education secretary, was visiting the Wirral County Grammar School. While he had a cup of tea with… Read more »

In the shadows

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Dr Philip Kirby on his report into private tuition, the hidden secret of British education ‘Shadow education’ is the academic term – and it captures well what we know, or rather don’t know about the world of private tuition. There’s little regulation of the industry, which means there’s very little data. That’s why I was… Read more »

Realising my dreams

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Bonnie MacRae, studying at Harris Academy, Dundee, reflects on her US Summer School experience. It’s truly remarkable to see how much can change on the basis of one impromptu decision. Exams were on the horizon, and I was supposed to be researching for my upcoming biology assignment. Instead, I found myself trawling the internet for information… Read more »

Pursuing a liberal arts education

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Grace Richardson, who is studying at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form, reflects on her summer school experience at MIT. Nearly four years ago, I attended a week long coding summer school in which I chatted casually with Harry Rickards, a programme participant. He was weeks away from enrolling at MIT and, as a normal… Read more »

My university learning curve

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Omolade Onabule, from Glasgow, shares her experiences during the University of Edinburgh Summer School. My week at Edinburgh University with the Sutton Trust was an incredible experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I made and kept in touch with friends living at opposite ends of the country. I learned more… Read more »

Would-be vets visit prestigious animal hospital

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Amber Cordice shares her experiences during the Royal Veterinary College Summer School. “Congratulations, you are a successful applicant to the Sutton Trust Summer School at the Royal Veterinary College! At this stage, please could you reply to this email to confirm you are able to attend.” This was the opening sentence that I laid my eyes… Read more »

Studying cultures and languages at Nottingham

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Read about Han Thomas’ experience of the Sutton Trust Summer School at University of Nottingham. I’m from South Wales, so it was almost a three hour journey up to Nottingham to study the Cultures and Languages strand of the Summer School. I can’t deny that I spent a lot of the journey worrying, about anything from… Read more »

Bacc to the future

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Conor Ryan sees good news – and big challenges – in new research on the EBacc. Next month, hundreds of thousands of young people will learn their GCSE results. Their schools will be judged for the first time not on the proportion gaining five good GCSEs, but on the more complex Progress 8 measure (as… Read more »