Category: Social Mobility

Why we must start getting children back to school

Why we must start getting children back to school

The longer children are not in school, the more they will suffer through their educational journey and beyond into the workplace. The government was correct to identify that children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 are being particularly hit by the school closures. Reception and Year 1 children are learning basic numeracy and literacy…

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Grammar schools can be a beacon of education excellence – but we need more of them

Grammar schools can be a beacon of education excellence – but we need more of them

A study last week has claimed that social background has more bearing on whether you go to an elite university than which school you go to – especially when comparing state schools. The research from the 1970 British Cohort Study found that when you compare pupils from similar social backgrounds grammar schools offered no advantage…

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Skill-up the workforce of the future

Skill-up the workforce of the future

In its annual report, published this week, Ofsted said more apprenticeships are urgently needed to meet the needs of the economy. This is something I have been calling on for years. Apprenticeships are vital for the economy and also better fit the vast majority of students. We have become degree obsessed when most young people do…

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Exit the Brexit then focus on education

Exit the Brexit then focus on education

In a few weeks’ time we will have another Prime Minister and just like the last three years the entire focus of the Conservative leadership campaign has been centred on Brexit. I appreciate that whoever takes up the mantle will urgently need to look at resolving the Brexit issue but it would also be nice…

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