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Sutton Trust, 2019
The attainment gap, the gap in school exam results between pupils from different social backgrounds, is one of the key challenges in the education system. Differences in school achievement act as a block on social mobility and have real consequences for the life chances of those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Children with poor vocabulary age…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Social Influences, Socioeconomic Status, Foreign Countries
Van den Brande, Jens; Hillary, Jude; Cullinane, Carl – Sutton Trust, 2019
Comprehensive schools offer a platform to foster educational equity by educating and improving the skills of pupils across the whole socio-economic spectrum. However, consistency and equal access to high quality education is key for a comprehensive system to provide a platform for upward social mobility. Measuring school quality is a complex…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Disadvantaged Youth, At Risk Students, Institutional Characteristics
Allen, Becky; McInerney, Laura – Sutton Trust, 2019
It has long been recognised that schools serving disadvantaged communities are more likely to be staffed by teachers without qualified teacher status, with fewer years of experience and by non-specialist science and maths teachers. Inequality in access to suitably qualified, high quality teachers is likely to be an important contributor to the…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, Disadvantaged Youth, Teacher Qualifications, Educational Quality
Burgess, Simon; Thomson, Dave – Sutton Trust, 2019
Reforms to GCSEs were introduced in 2015. The major changes were a move from modules to a focus on final exams, and a change in the grading system from letters (A*, A…G etc), to numbers (9, 8…1 etc). The aims of the reforms were to improve standards overall by making courses harder and increase differentiation at the top of the grade range. This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Exit Examinations, Educational Change
Smith, George; Sylva, Kathy; Smith, Teresa; Sammons, Pam; Omonigho, Aghogho – Sutton Trust, 2018
Latest research from the authors and their team at the University of Oxford has used administrative data, a survey of local authorities, and a series of case studies to paint a picture of what has happened to children's centres across England. The six case studies include Londonborough, Portcity, Shipcity, Rivershire, Midshire, and Northport.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Care Centers, Disadvantaged Environment, Young Children
Montacute, Rebecca – Sutton Trust, 2018
The United Kingdom has a considerable attainment gap between students from the most and the least advantaged backgrounds. This gap opens up in the early years, with disadvantaged pupils already over four months behind their more advantaged peers by the time they start at primary school. The gap then continues to widen as students progress through…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Academically Gifted, Identification
Cullinane, Carl; Montacute, Rebecca – Sutton Trust, 2018
Earlier this year, the Sutton Trust released "Internships -- unpaid, unadvertised, unfair"; which examined current available evidence on internships in the UK. Following increased attention to the topic in the period since the Sutton Trust first looked at this issue in 2014, there appears to have been some progress on the lack of pay for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internship Programs, Income, Access to Education
Montacute, Rebecca; Cullinane, Carl – Sutton Trust, 2018
Parents from all backgrounds and walks of life want to do the best for their children. Unfortunately, for many reasons, this is easier for some more than others. Those with more money, education and confidence are more able to give their children the best possible chance of succeeding in the educational system and beyond. This is a key challenge…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Parent Financial Contribution, Parent School Relationship, School Choice
Montacute, Rebecca; Cullinane, Carl – Sutton Trust, 2018
In 2011, the Sutton Trust published "Degrees of Success," which looked at university acceptance rates and how they differ by school type and area, finding state school pupils were considerably less likely to go to top universities than independent or grammar school pupils. "Access to Advantage" returns to the issues raised in…
Descriptors: Advantaged, Influences, Universities, Access to Education
Callender, Claire; Thompson, John – Sutton Trust, 2018
Part-time undergraduate study is an important vehicle for social mobility, offering an opportunity for those whose work or family responsibilities make full-time study impractical and providing a 'second chance' for mature students who may not have followed the traditional route in school. This report investigates the dramatic decline in part-time…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Part Time Students, Educational Finance
Donnelly, Michael; Gamsu, Sol – Sutton Trust, 2018
The research reported here is part of a larger programme of work addressing the spatial and social mobilities of higher education students in the UK, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (award no. ES/N002121/1). In this report, the authors present new findings on the extent and nature of student mobility in the UK, examining who…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Mobility, College Students, Student Mobility
Montacute, Rebecca – Sutton Trust, 2018
Internships are the new rung on the professional ladder. For the most sought after professions especially, they are increasingly seen as a requirement before a young person is offered their first job. However, too often internships are unpaid and not openly advertised. For young people who cannot afford to work for free, and for those who do not…
Descriptors: Internship Programs, Minimum Wage, Advertising, Barriers
Hutchings, Merryn; Francis, Becky – Sutton Trust, 2018
Successive governments have promoted academy sponsorship as a way to improve the educational achievement of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. As the academies programme has developed, policymakers have increasingly seen academy chains, and especially multi-academy trusts (MATs) as the best way of working to improve the performance of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Charter Schools, Low Income Students, School Effectiveness
Hutchings, Merryn; Francis, Becky – Sutton Trust, 2017
Successive governments have promoted academy sponsorship as a way to improve the educational achievement of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. As the academies programme has developed, policymakers have increasingly seen academy chains, and especially multi-academy trusts (MATs) as the best way of working to improve the performance of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Low Income Students, Charter Schools, Secondary Schools
Wyness, Gill – Sutton Trust, 2017
This report reviews literature on both sides of the Atlantic to study the admissions process, specifically focusing on elements of the process which may prove to be particular barriers to disadvantaged students--including the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) form, course choices, predicted grades, and personal statements--and looks…
Descriptors: College Admission, Disadvantaged Youth, Barriers, Access to Education
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