Schools

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Time to get rid of pointless qualifications

Mickey Mouse Degrees

Mickey Mouse Degrees

There is a proliferation of strange courses offered to students that do little to further their career prospects. With tuition fees set to rise threefold it is now urgent that universities offer educations that return that value. Ben Wood reports.

Last year 300,000 students sat their A-Levels at colleges and sixth forms across the country. Among the most popular subjects were the traditionally favourable maths, English and sciences, and of course the more excusable lessons which contribute to the Mickey Mouse choices:

Film studies, photography and physical education are all courses that Continue reading

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Cameron wipes the slate clean: Fixing Broken Britain?

David Cameron at a youth centre

David Cameron at a youth centre

Following a troubled week of riots across London and other major cities in England the Prime Minister has announced that every government policy will be under review to make sure that they can fix a “broken society.” But how will these changes in Government policy actually be implemented? William Sharman investigates.

David Cameron has promised today that tackling the “broken society,” will be top of the agenda and that he will speed up plans to improve Continue reading

Degree Debt: Is £60K too much?

university cuts

university cuts: like them or lump them

With university fees set to rise to unprecedented amounts, opponents of the fees rise predict unfavourable consequences. However, universities are oversubscribed and many university courses are unnecessary. Could the fees hike see the return of a more concentrated, academic higher education system with dedicated students? Claire Porthouse enquires. 

Reports have emerged in the media stating that university students now face debts of up to £60,000 after the tuition fee hikes. It is hardly news that the debts would rise, nor, really, should it be news that the rise is a Continue reading

Oxbridge admissions: it’s a game of numbers, not class warfare

Oxford University

State schools are failing to get their children into Oxbridge. The Left, incorrectly but unsurprisingly, blame this on the class-system. Could it be that state schools are failing their children because they do not have the same culture of success & aspiration? Asks David Vaiani

Recently, the Sutton Trust published a report in which it demonstrated that a total of five schools have, of late, dominated the annual Oxbridge intake. According to the Trust’s figures, Eton, Westminster, St Paul’s Boys & Girls and, perhaps somewhat incongruously, Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, sent more of their pupils to Oxbridge than 2,000 other schools combined between 2007 and 2009. Continue reading

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