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Shining a light on outreach

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Lee Elliot Major welcomes moves to create a more evidence led approach to widening access. In the grand ancient dining hall of St John’s College, Oxford last week, I had the pleasure of talking with a host of teachers – heads of sixth forms, newly qualified trainees, senior leaders, and history, English and psychology specialists…. Read more »

Academies: improving outcomes?

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Sir Peter Lampl explores the policy implications of our latest research on academies. Academies were started in 2000 to alter the fortunes of failing schools that disproportionately served students from some of the nation’s poorest communities. By helping these schools with the support of philanthropic, educational and business partners, the intention was to improve the… Read more »

Brexit’s mobility challenge

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Conor Ryan reflects on how the referendum aftermath should impact on social mobility It is not as simple as saying – as many do – that we are heading out of the European Union thanks to the disaffected poor who felt their needs were overlooked by the distant metropolitan elite. As YouGov’s final polling showed,… Read more »

Rethinking university access

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Lee Elliot Major on a graph that questions our assumptions on measuring academic potential Every now and then you see a graph that makes you sit up and think again. I came across one such graph this week. And it prompted me to think the unthinkable! It questions our assumptions over how we assess young… Read more »

I had a dream

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Julie Randles remembers her 13 year old self when she believed in better Can you remember what you were doing when you were 13? Details are a bit hazy for me, but I know I was very into music (Meat Loaf and Abba at the time – I developed more musical taste later); I was… Read more »

Scotland’s access challenge

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Conor Ryan on the implications of today’s report on Scottish higher education access Nicola Sturgeon has placed education at the top of the government’s agenda. By making her deputy John Swinney responsible for education in her cabinet, she has given a clear signal of how highly she prioritises the issue. And in looking again at… Read more »

It was unveiled exactly five years ago today. Nine months in gestation, costing only £14,000 to produce, the Pupil Premium Toolkit started life as a 20-page report published by the Sutton Trust. There had been summaries of education research before. But what made our Toolkit different was its accessible ‘Which guide’ format designed specifically with… Read more »

Higher ambitions

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Sir Peter Lampl offers his perspective on this week’s higher education white paper Jo Johnson, the higher education minister, published his education White Paper Success as a Knowledge Economy this week. Its strapline promises reform to enhance teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice. The focus on social mobility is welcome, but action must accompany… Read more »

Changing the law

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Kathryn Davies on the background to today’s Pathways to Law expansion. ‘The law is the bedrock of a nation’. It’s a quote I’ve seen many times in applications from Law students over the years. It is exactly the sort of vague quotation (used to indicate an interest in law because of its vast, all incorporating… Read more »