Private school monopoly on Russell Group Univesities

A study carried out by the London School of Economics on behalf of the Sutton Trust charity has suggested that pupils from independent schools are more likely to get into institutions rated among the best in Britain

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The Sutton Trust highlights that more privately educated students go onto postgraduate courses, providing them with an increased chance of getting a highly paid job.

Statistics show that 30 per cent of privately educated students go onto a postgraduate course within six months of finishing their degrees, compared with 23 per cent of state school pupils.

The report has shown that more privately educated students graduate from elite institutions, with three quarters of independently educated students between 2004-2008 having graduated from universities within the Russell Group.

Some privately educated pupils with lower A-level grades have been seen to be accepted rather than pupils from state schools, due to successful interviews.

Head of Dulwich College, Mr Able, argues that getting a place at University requires interviewing as well as A-levels:
“You can spot people who are extremely talented who may miss out on a grade - we would not in any way criticise any university for accepting those, Oxford and Cambridge have done it very well for some years."

The report also suggests that the interview process - with the inclusion of aptitude tests - scares off some clever pupils who have not been trained on how to cope with it.

Conservatives' education spokesman, Damian Green, has argued that academic merit and potential should be the only factors in deciding university admissions.

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