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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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  • Sadhbh
    Sorry, but the A Level pass rate was 68.2% in 1982 and is now around 98%. The proportion of A/A* was around 8% 40 years ago and now sits at around 3 times that ...
  • Tony Vickers
    Andy Daer. You say "most of us want to give our own kids advantages if we can." Sure - but what "advantages"? We are ruining our economy, our society and our en...
  • Chris Moore
    Charley, you've got this the wrong way round: the obvious reason why there are much much better GCSE and A level results now than three decades ago and indeed t...
  • Kevin Hawkins
    @Sadhbh I think your definition of working class is a bit simplistic. Are members of the royal family working class? They presumably earn most of their incom...
  • Tony Vickers
    I second the Motion of President Mark re Returning Officers. Our region (South Central) has never had enough and we are full of Blue Walls needing to be demolis...