Teachers at worst schools ‘put best pupils off university’

“Bright children in the lowest performing schools are being failed by teachers who are actively putting them off applying to the top universities for fear they ‘won’t fit’, according to the higher education minister, David Lammy. Some teachers’ attitudes are hampering efforts to increase the proportion of children from the poorest homes going to university, he said. One school rejected an offer from Cambridge to introduce its pupils to life at the university because they didn’t think it was relevant, he said. The minister will unveil plans today under which schools will be asked to identify high achieving pupils and provide them with intensive advice on higher education. The £1m package will support more than 700 schools identified as underperforming …” (more)

[Polly Curtis, Guardian, 2 February]

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