Authored by Research Fellow Dr Rebecca Montacute, this brief analyses the latest data to examine at what cost a young person is taking an unpaid internship in 2018 and how we can ensure the best internships are open to all young people.
A small-scale randomised controlled trial was carried out in the Manchester area to evaluate the effects of the PEN Home Learning Project on children’s development during their time in nursery. Researchers found that taking part in the intervention had a significant effect on the child’s home learning environment, measured by learning activities the parents reported they do at home with their children.
Fairer Fees assesses reforms to student finance that would introduce lower fees for less well-off students and reintroduce maintenance grants, and analyses how this could increase fairness and widen access to higher education.
This report provides new evidence on the use of contextualised admissions amongst a group of highly selective universities in the UK today, and offers some insights into the difference that greater use of contextual data might make to the numbers of disadvantaged students at these universities.
This report, by Carl Cullinane and Rebecca Montacute, brings together new polling from Ipsos–Mori, NFER and YouGov to highlight the recognition among teachers, employers and young people of how important life skills are to the success of young people, as well as exploring current provision for life skills development in state schools and the level of demand for improvement.
This report gives a comprehensive overview of the current state of early years policy in light of evidence about what works. It assesses the strengths and limitations of where we are today, and identifies priority areas and key next steps for policy attention.
Our annual polling with Ipsos MORI on the aspirations of young people aged 11-16 looks at the likelihood they will go to university and their views on tuition fees and debt, showing an increase in financial worries.
This report summarises the educational backgrounds of MPs after the June 2017 election, looking at trends in independent school and comprehensive attendance, along with the university backgrounds of the new parliament.
The Sutton Trust surveyed 1,361 teachers in its annual teacher polling through the National Foundation for Educational Research Teacher Voice Omnibus survey, highlighting how budget cuts are affecting schools.
This study compares tuition funding arrangements, debt at graduation and earnings outcomes for full-time domestic undergraduates in eight Anglophone countries, finding that average debts are the highest for English students.
The research brief looks at undergraduate admissions to Oxford and Cambridge from a widening participation perspective, finding that the application processes differ significantly from college to college.
This report reviews national and international research on widening participation and access programmes to find out which methods are most likely to help disadvantaged pupils get into higher education.
Levels of Success looks at the earning potential of apprenticeships versus degrees, finding that the very best apprenticeships result in greater lifetime earnings than degrees from non-Russell Group universities.
Subject to Background looks at children’s education by identifying a group of disadvantaged children, establishing what predicted their academic success at the age of 11 and following them up to age 18.
The report follows on from our 2014 report, What Makes Great Teaching, and argues that improved teacher development will positively impact on pupil attainment, particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
This report reviews over 200 pieces of research to identify the elements of teaching with the strongest evidence of improving attainment. It finds some common practices can be harmful to learning and have no grounding in research.
The Sutton Trust is urging fairer admissions to comprehensives, grammar schools and independent schools as part of a 10-point Mobility Manifesto setting out ten practical policy steps designed to put social mobility at the heart of the 2015 election campaign.
England needs an apprenticeship revolution, with 150-300,000 extra three-year apprenticeship starts each year for young people, according to a major new analysis by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for the Sutton Trust.
This study looks at publicly available data on the proportion of pupils eligible and claiming for free school meals (FSM) in the top 500 comprehensive state schools and at how representative they are of their localities and of their school type.
The increasing flexibility enjoyed by academies and other schools over teachers’ pay and changes in the appraisal regulations in 2012 give schools in England a real opportunity to shape teacher evaluation and development.
It is important to understand how well English education performs in comparison to other countries. In the most recent international league tables (PISA 2009), pupil performance differs considerably, and Alan Smithers explains the differences and highlights some underlying consistencies.
A major survey of teachers has found widespread support for a link between teachers’ pay and their performance, with three-quarters of teachers believing that annual salary increases should be linked to performance.
80 top independent day schools have called on the Government to support the Sutton Trust’s Open Access scheme, which would enable talented pupils from all backgrounds to enter the country’s highest performing independent day schools.
This paper summarises the Sutton Trust’s position on the Coalition Government’s approach to university access. With concerns that the increases in tuition fees will deter future students from low and middle income backgrounds, the report looks at reforms to university outreach work in England.
A report produced by the University of Buckingham comparing the admissions systems of schools in different countries. The report looks at the structures and admissions policies in lower and upper education across a variety of schools in 30 OECD countries.
This report, produced by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, addresses what has happened to unregulated fees for overseas and postgraduate students in 20 universities.
The Sutton Trust believes that there needs to be a series of checks, balances and incentives in the school system to ensure that the current reforms benefit all pupils, not just those from privileged homes. This note details some initial proposals for what these essential components of a ‘high autonomy high equity’ school system should be.
A report from the University of Nottingham documenting the impact funding from the Sutton Trust has had on widening participation at the university. The report, which looks at progress from 1998-2010, speaks to past participants, Nottingham University staff and the structure of the programme.
A study by Staffordshire University’s Institute for Education Policy Research which analysed the websites and financial accounts of 348 schools to examine the allocation of fee remissions and bursaries.
Ipsos MORI conducted a research study among 11-16 year olds on behalf of the Sutton Trust between January-April 2010. The survey explored the likelihood of young people going into higher education, reasons for not doing so, the impact of increased tuition fees and private tuition.
A report and discussion based on research by John Ermisch and Emilia Del Bono from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Essex University. The report looks at the link between education levels of parents and the educational outcomes of teenagers.
Social mobility in the UK remains at the low level it was for those born in 1970, with recent generations of children’s educational outcomes still overwhelmingly tied to their parents’ income, according to the latest Sutton Trust research written by Jo Blanden, Stephen Machin and partner universities.
Research by the Institute of Education which shows that students of similar intelligence and background in private schools achieve better grades, and earn more in adulthood, than their peers in state schools.
An extensive evaluation of five years of Open Access at The Belvedere School, Liverpool, which shows that under the scheme the school has not only achieved its best ever results at GCSE, but has also become more representative of its local area, with the social mix of the intake now reflecting the Merseyside population.
This document contains the summary report, computer tabulations and topline results (in the form of a ‘marked-up’ questionnaire) from the 2005 Teachers’ Omnibus, carried out by Market & Opinion Research International (MORI).
This study looks at the educational profile of members of the Houses of Lord and Commons. It finds that almost one third of MPs and two-thirds of the Lords have been to independent schools, compared to 7% in the wider population, and that 27% of the Commons and 42% of the Lords were educated at Oxbridge.
A report based on an analysis of the school run by the Boston Consulting Group, which argues for the radical expansion of home-to-school transport, to address a range of environmental, economic and social issues.
This study looks at the proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) at the top 200 secondary state schools (6% of schools), and the levels of FSM eligibility in the postcode sectors in which the schools are sited.
A survey undertaken by MORI of pupils in 300 state secondary schools, which found that around one in six pupils had received private tuition at some point in their school career, rising to almost one quarter in year 11.
A study of eight European and North American countries comparing the life chances of children born in the 1950s, 1970s and 1980s, carried out by researchers from the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Updated with addendum June 2005.
A report undertaken by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) on behalf of the Sutton Trust, looking at ways to increase private giving to UK universities through a state matched funding scheme.
This survey by MORI was carried out between April 29th and May 4th 2004 among a nationally representative quota sample of 644 parents throughout Great Britain who were interviewed in more than 200 areas.
Most young people aged 11-16 still say that they are likely to go into higher education according to a poll of more than 2000 state school students carried out by MORI commissioned by the Sutton Trust.
An analysis of where Nobel Prize winners were based, showing the increasing dominance of American universities. The research by the Sutton Trust reveals that the number of British citizens receiving a prize has fallen in the past 25 years.
In spring 2001, the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) carried out a survey, commissioned jointly by The Sutton Trust and the National Association of Head Teachers, of teachers/lecturers in schools and colleges in England seeking information on the support and advice provided for students who may wish to apply to higher education.
No other country has a two-nation education system, where the most powerful people in society opt out of the state sector. This report analyses the problem, and proposes Open Access as a practical and effective way of healing the divide.