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University admissions and messy exits | Letters | Education

Bernie Evans asks a critical question about pupils from underprivileged backgrounds and suggests a more generous route into university (Letters, 29 June). We have been in this situation before, decades ago, in the context of adult education. By focusing on women’s return to learning and then access to higher education, we discovered that their children followed them. The answer seemed to lie in the home as much as school. None of my parents or grandparents went to university. After leaving…

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Sonita Alleyne to be first black leader of an Oxbridge college | Education

A businesswoman is to become the first black leader of an Oxbridge college after she was elected master of Jesus College, Cambridge. Sonita Alleyne will also be the first female head in the history of the college, which was founded in 1496, when she takes up the role from 1 October. The 51-year-old entrepreneur, who has previously served as a BBC trustee and chairs the British Board of Film Classification, described her election as an honour. Alleyne was brought up…

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Calls for private school head’s sacking for ‘tasteless Holocaust analogy’ | Education

It was Stowe’s first headmaster, JF Roxburgh, who suggested the school should aspire to produce students who would prove “acceptable at a dance and invaluable at a shipwreck”. On Saturday, though, the current head expressed fears that these days, his charges were more likely to find themselves victims of social engineering, which he equated with antisemitism. In explosive comments about attempts by Oxbridge to raise admissions from state schools, Anthony Wallersteiner likened the treatment of private school pupils to the…

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London state school says 41 students offered Oxbridge place | Education – Education Article

A state school in east London is celebrating after 41 of its students – almost all of them from minority ethnic backgrounds – secured offers to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge later this year. Brampton Manor academy in Newham opened its sixth form in September 2012 with the objective of increasing progression rates to Oxbridge and other elite Russell Group universities among students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2014, one student received an offer; in 2018 it was…

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