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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 AvatarPalehorse 22nd Oct - 9:31pm
    Caron, But what if the result of #referendum 2 is only very slightly remain? Say 1%?
  • User AvatarMike MacSween 22nd Oct - 9:30pm
    Tony Greaves is right, except the 'when' should be replaced with 'if'.
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    "If the referendum on the deal produces an accept the deal vote, that’s how it will have to be. But we should give the people...
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    If the referendum on the deal produces an accept the deal vote, that's how it will have to be. But we should give the people...
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    expats: "democracy" is that you can dissent from the "will of the people".
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