Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Data to End Quota Debate

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Data to End Quota Debate

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There is an easy way to answer the objection raised by Toby Young in his debate with Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws at the Oxford Union recently that capping the proportion of privately educated students admitted to Oxbridge would lead to a fall in the standard of entry at the two institutions ("Oxford admissions rouse passion as two tribes war over 'unfairness'", 1 November). All we need to do is to look at the finals performance of all students admitted to those universities over the past five to 10 years to see whether the achievement of privately educated students has been so much greater than those who are state educated.

To make this more precise, I would introduce further distinctions between those who are privately educated, those who attend highly selective state schools (private in all but name) and those who go to comprehensives or further education colleges.

Did the privately educated students really do so much better - or even better at all - than those who were selectively educated or went to non- selective state schools and/or further education colleges? …

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