Do Schools Help Social Mobility and Fairness?

A BBC news article reports on a major study from the oecd economics think tank, carried out since 1995 across more than 60 countries.  It finds that, although some countries have school systems where more disadvantaged children do well, the average difference between the richest and poorest is the equivalent to three years of schooling by the age of 15.  On average, about 13% of this variation is determined by social background.

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Val Bunker
Mentor Development Day

We recently ran a Mentor Development Day, hosted by our fantastic corporate partner Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The focus of the day was to enrich the mentor experience, which we achieved by inviting experts from outside Bridge Builders to address topics related to mentoring work. Existing Bridge Builders mentors and schools shared their experiences.

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Helen Robinson
Fewer poorer pupils go to grammar schools

Senior academic, Professor Alice Sullivan is a professor of sociology at the University College London, says that the main reason grammar schools were an “unlikely tool for promoting social mobility”is that working class children were far less likely than richer children to attend them.

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Helen Robinson
Poorer students lagging behind at secondary school

Poorer pupils are making less and less progress in secondary school than children from higher economic backgrounds, according to the Social Mobility Commission. This even applies to children who did well in primary school; highlighting the importance of continued support at secondary school.

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Helen Robinson
Concerns About Fake Apprenticeships

Concern is increasing over the number of “fake apprenticeships” being offered by companies.  Young people often undergo what they believe to be genuine apprenticeships only to find out at a later date that they are not properly qualified within their trade.

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Helen Robinson
Privately Educated Graduates Earn More

Research released by The Sutton Trust in August 2015 found that the salaries received by university graduates who were educated at private schools increase more quickly than university graduates who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Helen Robinson
How To Maximise Impact Of Pupil Premium Spending

In a blog released yesterday for the TES Sir John Dunford has identified 12 key ways for schools to maximise return for pupil premium funding.  Sir John has spent the last two years as a “national pupil premium champion” acting as a facilitator between government and schools for pupil premium; feeding back information to the government from schools about pupil premium, and addressing school leaders at conferences about how to maximise the impact of pupil premium spending.

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Helen Robinson
Bridge Builders ‘Breakthrough Report’

‘Breakthrough: A Report on Creating a Better Path for Boys from Disadvantaged Backgrounds’

Today, Bridge Builders Mentoring launched its report examining the underachievement of males in the UK as well as its own recommendations for change. It discusses this issue within the context  of a changing job market which by 2022 will see a huge decrease in ‘blue-collar’ jobs. This is a fact the report predicts will further add to the gap between disadvantaged boys and their peers.

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Helen Robinson
Tackling Barriers in Recruitment

It was reported yesterday, 3rd August 2015, that leading accountancy firm Ernst and Young are going to remove all academic and education details from its trainee recruitment process in an attempt to breakdown the barriers for graduates applying for a trainee position.

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Helen Robinson
Concerns over student debt for poorest students

The Sutton Trust’s Independent Commission on Fees have recently produced a report exploring the upcoming changes to university funding and found that poorest students will be left with higher debts than students from better off families which are partly financially supported by their families.

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Helen Robinson