Why everyone* should go to university

Why everyone* should go to university

Coaching, University
The college where I work is well known throughout the region for its high standards. Progress and results are great, most of our students are successful at university and we’re one of the biggest state providers of entrants to Oxford and Cambridge. Not bad for a non-selective city sixth form, and I’m proud to have played a part in that success. It annoys the hell out of me though! In the UK, there is such a cultural emphasis on elitism: according to social mobility charity the Sutton Trust, 24% of MPs are Oxbridge educated and two-thirds of Boris Johnson’s cabinet went to private schools, compared to 7% of the general population. It’s as if we’ve become blinkered, believing that privilege is the only measure of someone’s worth. Old-fashioned deference is…
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Starting College Successfully – tips for parents

Starting College Successfully – tips for parents

Parents, Transitions
Sunday Dreads on a Wednesday? Last Thursday was the first day back at College after a long summer holiday working on my business. Like many educators approaching the start of term, I had a sleepless night, full of racing thoughts about things not done, liberty lost and exciting ideas for the new year. In an effort to download it all, I grabbed my notebook and frantically scribbled down everything that was on my mind. It got me thinking though: if the anticipation is this intense for me, what must it be like for a student starting college, full of trepidation about this new stage with its exhilarating freedoms and terrifying responsibilities, let alone the all-important social aspects of being in a new environment filled with thousands of teenagers? How can…
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