Breaking Down Barriers to Oxbridge: Can Secondary Teachers Inspire Their Pupils?

The universities of Oxford and Cambridge may be the most celebrated and prestigious in the UK, but new research suggests that their intake is less than representative of the country as a whole. Figures released by the Sutton Trust charity show that just eight leading schools sent more students to Oxbridge between 2015 and 2017 than 2,900 other schools put together. The imbalance in admissions is stark: while just 7% of pupils attend private schools, they take up 42% of Oxbridge places. Westminster School in London saw an average of 70-80 students per year offered places at Oxbridge; meanwhile, entire … Continue reading Breaking Down Barriers to Oxbridge: Can Secondary Teachers Inspire Their Pupils?

Post-GCSE Education: What Are T Levels?

In today’s blog, we take a brief look at the newly formulated T Levels for post-GCSE education and break down what T Levels are, what they offer and how they fit in with other existing post-16 and post-GCSE offerings. What are T Levels? T Levels are an overhaul of the technical education system in the UK. Philip Hammond announced £500m of extra funding for T Levels, calling the plans ‘radical’ as they aim to put technical education on the same footing as academic studies. The T Level is short for ‘Technical Level’ and they are new technical qualifications for people … Continue reading Post-GCSE Education: What Are T Levels?