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Rachel Roberts of the Independent quotes our chairman Peter Lampl on fairer admissions to grammar schools. Grammar schools could be forced to lower the 11-plus pass mark for children from lower-income families in order to end the stranglehold middle-class pupils have on places, Government sources have said. The proposed reforms, to be announced next month,… Read more »

Aftab Ali citing the Sutton Trust’s analysis of Prime Minister Theresa May’s new cabinet. Theresa May has been praised for having the lowest number of privately-educated ministers in a new Prime Minister’s Cabinet in over 70 years. Social mobility charity, the Sutton Trust, analysed the backgrounds of her new Cabinet to find only 30 per… Read more »

The Independent’s Aftab Ali reporting on Sir Peter Lampl’s comments on new report by National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) and University and College Union (UCU). Non-white young people and those from the poorest backgrounds will be put off going to university if the Government follows through with plans to further raise tuition fees, warns a new report. Non-whites and those… Read more »

Aftab Ali referencing our Believing in Better report that shows students’ aspirations are shaped from an early age by background, neighbourhood and educational influences. As the gender divide debate in both the education system and workplace rages on, a new survey has revealed discrimination is being witnessed by schoolgirls as young as 16. Over a… Read more »

Sarah Cassidy cites Sutton Trust research reporting on a new access scheme for The Independent  One of Cambridge University’s oldest colleges has launched a scheme to encourage sixth-formers from state schools to apply to study medicine by letting them experience undergraduate life. The project was the brainchild of two medical students at Gonville and Caius… Read more »

Alice Jones: Our shameful lack of social mobility

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Independent columnist Alice Jones reflected on our Leading People research Social mobility is dead, or resting at the very least. The Sutton Trust’s “Leading People 2016” survey has found – to the surprise of none – that the UK’s leading professions, including law, politics, medicine and journalism, are dominated by a privately educated elite. Only… Read more »

Lee Elliot-Major is quoted by The Independent in their report of new Ucas data highlighting the growing gender divide in university admissions. The head of Ucas has expressed concern for the low number of boys securing places in education compared with girls on the day the organsation published data on admissions to full-time undergraduate higher education. In… Read more »

Sarah Cassidy cited Sutton Trust research in an Independent debate on grammar schools. Research has repeatedly concluded that grammar schools do not boost social mobility. Advocates cite the bright working-class pupils of the 1950s who went on to careers that would previously not have been open to them. …… A social divide is still seen… Read more »

The Independent reported on the Sutton Trust Levels of Success report. Top apprentices can expect to earn tens of thousands of pounds more during their lifetime than many university graduates, according to research. But those who gain a degree from a top institution – including Oxford and Cambridge – are still likely to have the… Read more »

Richard Garner wrote a two page feature on our summer schools for the Independent In 1998, a small group of teenagers gathered at Cambridge University to find out whether the university was for them. The group had all been recruited from schools in disadvantaged areas, and they were there as the result of a campaign… Read more »