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October 30th

Higher earnings for public school graduates

Graduates who went to private schools earn substantially more than those who went to state schools. Part of that difference is explained by the fact that, on average, they attend more prestigious universities and study subjects which tend to be more highly rewarded.

October 28th

Rise and demise of the National Scholarship Programme

The increase of tuition fees to £9,000 in 2012 was accompanied by a major change to the support for disadvantaged students. Universities were required to provide details of their proposed financial support schemes and access programmes before they were allowed to charge higher fees, and the government introduced a National Scholarship Programme (NSP), designed to offer additional financial support to students via their universities. 

October 22nd

Free childcare for 3-year-olds: no long term benefits for child development

A report presented to the House of Lords today reveals that free part-time nursery places for three-year-olds enabled some children to do better in assessments at the end of Reception, but overall educational benefits are small and do not last.