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Opinion: fix our school system and stop uni-bashing

As a former constituent and activist in Bermondsey and Old Southwark I greatly enjoyed campaigning on behalf of Simon Hughes and have a lot of respect for his approach to policy and the hard work he puts in, especially meeting face to face with local voters and community groups. I was shocked, however, to read quotes from Simon on the front page of Saturday’s Guardian calling on universities to ‘cut intake’ from independent schools in order to match nationally ‘representative’ proportions: 7.2% was his quoted figure for the proportion of students we ought to aim at coming from an …

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Opinion: In pursuit of excellence

Earlier this month David Lammy MP highlighted the problem of the low number of black students admitted to Oxford and Cambridge Universities and called it the ‘Oxbridge Whitewash’. He wrote in the Guardian (6 Dec):

“Just one British black Caribbean student was admitted to Oxford last year. That is not a misprint: one student. Merton College, Oxford, has not admitted a single black student for five years. At Robinson College, Cambridge, a white applicant is four times more likely to be successful than a black applicant. Last year, 292 black students achieved three A grades at A-level and 475 black

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  • User AvatarNeil Sandison 4th Jul - 9:10am
    Good article by Paul .I think we have a strong argument for PR in local government .every vote should count and it will improve turnout....
  • User AvatarGreenfield 4th Jul - 8:56am
    I have always been against 'quota' systems, believing that the best person should get the position/job. BUT I now support a temporary measure (unless anyone...
  • User AvatarZack Polanski 4th Jul - 8:56am
    Thanks, Jayne. And naturally, agree entirely.
  • User AvatarNeil Sandison 4th Jul - 8:41am
    I agree with George Potter a lack of political nous on tuition fees was our undoing where we kept on apologising for a policy we...
  • User AvatarPat 4th Jul - 8:14am
    TonyJ "Only in this party could such a fantastic, spectacular piece of news degenerate within 3 comments to a semantic discussion about spelling! " Thoroughly...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 4th Jul - 2:42am
    Thanks for asking these questions. It's just scratching the surface, but very welcome nonetheless. I think on balance I find Norman's answer more impressive -...
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