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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Don't lump "Oxbridge" in with fee-paying schools

Re:- Alan Milburn's report on social mobility (http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/education-28953881;) can we please not lump "Oxbridge" in with fee-paying schools? Private schools are institutions at which parents buy places for their offspring; Oxford and Cambridge aren't. I have blogged on this previously at http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/894432 and http://matthewfharris.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/ending-futures-market-in-education.html.

Oh, and if only 24% of MPs went to Oxbridge, then I have to say that that means that not enough of the UK's most academically able graduates are going into politics and that is a problem; I'd like to see comparable figures for other good universities and a report on how to persuade more of the brightest and the best to consider a career in politics. And I'd seriously like to know what percentage of MPs tried for Oxbridge, but didn't get in...

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