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High-quality apprenticeships key to improving social mobility in the UK, says new report

LONDON REMAINS THE ELITE EPICENTRE OF THE UK AND IS BECOMING HARDER TO ACCESS FOR LESS ADVANTAGED YOUNG PEOPLE Becoming socially mobile – moving into a higher professional or managerial job from a working-class background – doesn’t necessarily mean moving away from where you grew up, according to new research published by the Sutton Trust today (21 Jan).

Parents and teachers agree that school admissions need to be fairer

Half of secondary school heads (50%) say that social segregation is a problem in state schools, but many (43%) don’t consider the socio-economic make-up of their community when designing their own admissions policies. This is according to new research, published by the Sutton Trust ahead of school offer day, that includes polling of parents and teachers on their views on school admissions. 

Does teaching GCSEs over three years boost grades?

A new research project will examine how the decisions that schools make impact on pupil outcomes, @EducEndowFoundn (EEF)  announced today (24 Feb). The study is part of a new programme of work that aims to give schools more evidence of the impact of their decisions.

Cabinet #Reshuffle - Education Secretary Gavin Wiliamson among minority educated at state schools

Sutton Trust analysis of the education background of the new cabinet finds 62% went to independent schools, BUT VERY SMALL INCREASE IN PROPORTION EDUCATED AT COMPREHENSIVES.

Newly elected MPs now more likely to have been educated at state schools


GCSE reforms have led to slight widening of attainment gap, but overall impact is small

New research by the Sutton Trust looks at the impact of Michael Gove’s GCSE reforms.


A quarter (24%) of secondary school teachers have taken on private tuition outside school in the past two years, according to new polling published today (26 Sept).

#SpendingReview2019 - Treasury should prioritise social mobility by better funding further education

CO-CHAIRS OF APPG ON SOCIAL MOBILITY SET OUT KEY SPENDING PRIORITIES  The Treasury should prioritise social mobility in next week’s Spending Review – including by increasing spending on the further education sector - according to the Chair and Co-chair of the APPG on Social Mobility, Justin Madders MP and Baroness Tyler of Enfield.

Predicted grades and overused unconditional offers threaten our universities

KNOWING THE RIGHT PEOPLE MORE IMPORTANT FOR GETTING ON IN LIFE THAN A UNIVERSITY DEGREE, ACCORDING TO YOUNG PEOPLE As thousands of students receive their A Level results across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, it’s time the Government ensured that the university admissions process is as fair and transparent as possible to safeguard the integrity of the higher education system.

For too long professions like law, politics and journalism have been dominated by independently schooled people

Elitist Britain – Sutton Trust & Social Mobility Commission report Commenting on Elitist Britain 2019, a report from the Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission which looks at the educational background of over 5,000 of Britain’s leading and “influential” people, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:


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