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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 AvatarMatthew Huntbach 17th Apr - 4:25pm
    Denis This is far from the “divisive schooling, segregating children along religious grounds” feared by Graham Martin-Royle above. If tempted by the quite different approach...
  • User AvatarMatt (Bristol) 17th Apr - 4:01pm
    Hmm, maybe we could learn from this, start a separatist movement for SouthWest England and threaten to secede from the UK, we too will get...
  • User AvatarPaul in Twickenham 17th Apr - 3:52pm
    I always liked the story about how Clement Attlee was approached by a BBC reporter who said "Prime minister, do you have anything to say...
  • User AvatarChris Manners 17th Apr - 3:36pm
    ", why should I tell people what they can spend their money on? That’s an important issue that’s been highlighted" Right, so no other economic...
  • User AvatarChris Manners 17th Apr - 3:28pm
    This clown is on the left of your party?
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 17th Apr - 3:18pm
    @John Leech I stalled at the first sentence. What exactly do you mean by "the rebirth of localism in 2010"?