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Sir Peter Lampl wrote to the Times (Scotland) on university access It is worrying that it is becoming harder for Scottish students to gain a university place because of the cap on student places. This is particularly important if Scotland is to improve access for disadvantaged students. Our recent Access in Scotland report showed that… Read more »

Greg Hurst quoted Sir Peter Lampl in his Times report of this year’s PISA results Britain’s schools have failed to improve their performance in international tests over the past three years, raising concern that structural reforms are not improving teaching in the classroom. Results of tests sat by thousands of British teenagers in science, maths… Read more »

Rosemary Bennett cites Sutton Trust research on private tuition in a Times news article. Laid-back northern mothers should follow the example of their pushy southern sisters if they want their children to get top grades and into the best universities, according to the Children’s Commissioner. Anne Longfield said that the “tiger” mums of London and… Read more »

MP blames private schools for England football failure

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The Times’ Martyn Ziegler cites comments from Lee Elliot Major’s blog article ‘England’s level playing field‘ and our research on the educational background of Olympic medallists. England’s footballing humiliation at the feet of Iceland this summer and the team’s failure to win a trophy in 50 years has been blamed on the elitism of private… Read more »

Our Chairman writes to The Times regarding the spiralling costs of student living. Sir, Students from working class homes are still not fairly represented at university, particularly at Russell Group institutions, in relation to their academic ability. We should be doing all we can to widen participation. Yet, as Emma Duncan points out (Universities are… Read more »

Libby Purves highlights Sutton Trust Oxbridge teacher polling in her regular Times column. Talking to some sixth-formers about journalism back in 2001, the topic turned to degree choices. They were a bright bunch, and in the time-honoured manner of media Eeyores I cautioned against certain shiny-but-shallow courses because most editors and employers seemed to prefer… Read more »

The Times’ Nicola Woolcock cites findings from our teachers’ Oxbridge perception polling. More than two fifths of state secondary school teachers say they would rarely, or never, advise their bright pupils to apply to Oxbridge. *** Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “We know how important teachers are in shaping young people’s… Read more »

The Times’s Rachel Carlyle speakers to our Chief Executive, Dr Lee Eliot Major. Parents of the 600,000 children (in England) who will change schools next September have until October 31 to make their choice. *** Parents agonise most when faced with a fair-to-middling school on paper because it feels like you’re taking a leap, says… Read more »

Greg Hurst: Terms of debate have changed

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The Times’ Greg Hurst cites findings from our Poor Grammar report and earlier Sutton Trust research. As Theresa May noted, people tend to “get lost in the argument” about whether grammar schools improved social mobility in their heyday of the 1950s and 1960s (Greg Hurst writes). ….. Some Conservative counties such as Kent and Buckinghamshire… Read more »