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Elite degree is springboard to success

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Our Chief Executive, Lee Elliot Major, is quoted in the Times on the over-representation of Oxbridge graduates in elite professions. A degree, and preferably a good one from an elite university, is a crucial ingredient for doing well in life, say academics in America and Germany who studied almost 12,000 leaders in the United States,… Read more »

Sir Peter Lampl wrote to the Times on the unfair impact of the student debt burden. Sir, The government has passed a shameful rise in tuition fees that will add to debts that we have shown to be by far the highest in the English-speaking world and more than double those of an American university… Read more »

Cash for poor pupils used to fill budget gap

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Rosemary Bennett at The Times covers our newly released teacher polling. The pupil premium designed to help children from poor backgrounds is being used by almost a third of head teachers to plug gaps in their budgets, according to a think tank. A survey of 1,361 teaching professionals also found that two thirds of schools… Read more »

In the Times, Sathnam Sanghera says our Leading People report reinforces the fact that Eton old-boys’ networks are still strong. It’s hard to know where to start with Bear Grylls’ complaint this week that his schooling at Eton had failed to teach him key life skills such as keeping fit, eating healthily and navigating the tax… Read more »

Our Chairman writes to The Times regarding proposals for contextualised admissions in grammar schools. Sir, Peter Hitchens highlights our research on social selection in comprehensives (letter, Mar 13). However, other Sutton Trust research has shown that today’s grammar schools are highly socially selective, with only 3 per cent of pupils eligible for free school meals…. Read more »

Nicola Woolcock of the Times covers our polling on access to the financial services industries. Young people are being locked out of top jobs because they unwittingly breach dress codes or have the wrong accent, polling has found. A survey of senior figures in financial services confirmed suspicions that candidates from poorer backgrounds are being… Read more »

Secondary schools fail to push poorer pupils

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Greg Hurst of the Times quotes our Chairman, Sir Peter Lampl, in an article on the new Social Mobility Commission report. Poor children fall behind pupils from better-off families when they are at secondary school, even if they have out-performed their classmates at primary school, a study has shown. Pupils from low-income families achieve an… Read more »

Schools failing clever but poorer girls

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The Times Nicola Woolcock cites findings from our Global Gaps report. Bright but poor girls are three years behind their better-off peers by the age of 15, a charity suggested yesterday. The Sutton Trust said schools should be held accountable in league tables if they fail clever children from poorer homes after a study looked… Read more »

Drive to bring in foreign science teachers

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The Times’ Nicola Woolcock cites findings from our Science shortfall report. Only half of physics teachers at state schools have relevant degrees, a report has said, as the government announces a drive to recruit science and maths teachers from abroad. The report, published today by the Sutton Trust, a charity that tackles social inequality, criticises… Read more »

Sir Peter Lampl: Grading up

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Sir Peter Lampl wrote to The Times letters page on Bristol’s university access plans Tom Bennett (Thunderer, Dec 17) criticises Bristol University for accepting poorer students on lower grades. While he is right not to want to patronise students, he is wrong to assume that without such radical measures we can address an access gap… Read more »