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Sticky politics

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Real-politic will trump social mobility in the 2017 General Election argues Lee Elliot Major One consequence of Britain’s low social mobility is an increasingly detached political elite unable to deliver on their promises to improve opportunities for the rest of the nation. Over the coming weeks we will hear much rhetoric about improving social mobility… Read more »

Is the Bananarama Principle Dead?

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Lee Elliot Major asks whether schools are now ‘livin on a prayer’ In the earliest days of presenting the then pupil premium toolkit, I would entertain audiences of teachers by playing a famous song by a 1980’s girl band. “It Ain’t What You Do (It’s The Way That You Do It)” may seem an odd… Read more »

Comic Strip Presents

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Lee Elliot Major on a tale of privilege to coincide with our new Global Gaps report For many it’s the perfect portrayal of the cumulative impact that privilege can have on someone’s life. Two weeks ago I posted a link to a simple cartoon strip created by an illustrator in New Zealand. It sums up… Read more »

Insights from the Anglosphere

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Lee Elliot Major contrasts England’s education performance with other English speaking countries. “England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” Was this famous phrase uttered by George Bernard Shaw or Oscar Wilde? Either way, it was pertinent that the remark came from an Irishman: the same claim could now be made about… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Britain’s self-perpetuating elite

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Lee Elliot Major says that an increasingly exclusive rich is bad news for social mobility. The tell-tale signs of our self-perpetuating elite can be seen in recent apparently unconnected news stories. Figures from the Human Mortality Database (sadly a data resource to which we will all one day contribute) found that the gap between the… Read more »

Graphic Inequality

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Lee Elliot Major and John Jerrim look at international social mobility, education and income inequality through five key graphs. The study of education inequality and social mobility increasingly feels like a small world. The British Prime Minister David Cameron hopes for improved educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. President Barack Obama has put the issue of… Read more »