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The Sutton Trust’s Degrees of Debt report is cited in the Daily Mail’s coverage of UCAS comments on graduate employment. Students should not worry about getting a job until six months after graduating, the outgoing head of UCAS has said. Universities and parents have become ‘too fixated’ with degrees as the start of a career, according… Read more »

The Daily Mail quotes our Chairman, Sir Peter Lampl, in response to new proposals to improve access to grammar schools for ‘ordinary working families’. Quotas could be introduced for new grammar schools to prioritise pupils from families earning around £33,000 or less. Education Secretary Justine Greening said these ‘ordinary working families’ had previously ‘fallen under… Read more »

The Daily Mail’s Eleanor Harding cites findings from our Global Gaps report. Bright disadvantaged teenagers in England lag more than two-and-a-half years behind their affluent classmates in core academic subjects, according to new research. The gap is worst among girls, with clever pupils from poorer backgrounds around three years behind in reading and science. The… Read more »

Eleanor Harding quoted our chairman in her Daily Mail coverage of the primary school tests The number of pupils hitting targets for reading, writing and maths is down nearly a third, results from this year’s tougher SATs tests show. Almost 200,000 children are in under-performing primary schools, the data reveals. In total, 665 mainstream English… Read more »

The Daily Mail’s Eleanor Harding cites findings from our Class Differences: Ethnicity and disadvantage report. Pupils of Chinese descent from disadvantaged homes are almost three times as likely as white working class pupils to get five good GCSEs, a study shows. The analysis suggests a poor child’s chances of achieving at school depends heavily on… Read more »

Eleanor Harding reported on our Oxbridge teachers’ polling for the Daily Mail State school teachers refuse to encourage bright, disadvantaged pupils to apply to Oxford and Cambridge because they assume most ‘won’t be happy there’. Four in ten teachers said they would rarely or never advise their cleverest children to apply – despite the opportunities… Read more »

March of the meritocrats

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James Slack, Jason Groves and Eleanor Harding comment on the Sutton Trust’s analysis of Theresa May’s new cabinet on page 1 of the Daily Mail. Theresa May was hailed last night after appointing a Cabinet containing more State-educated ministers than at any time in Tory Party history. The new Prime Minister brushed aside the David… Read more »

Faith schools ‘shunning poor pupils’

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Eleanor Harding reported on our Caught Out research brief for the Daily Mail Church schools are shunning the poorest children as the middle classes tighten their grip on the best school places, according to a new report. Educational charity the Sutton Trust found there are 1,576 primary schools in England which are ‘highly socially selective’…. Read more »