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The Educational Backgrounds of Scientists and Scholars
This report by the Sutton Trust suggests that 42% of the UK's top scientists and scholars were privately educated. It also found 51% of medics, 70% of judges, 54% of leading journalists and 32% of MPs went to independent schools. The report suggests that it should be a priority to provide bright students from poorer homes the same opportunities as more privileged young people, by giving them the opportunity to study core academic subjects at GCSE and A-level, as well as raising their aspirations towards the most highly-selective university courses. It also suggests inspirational teachers in shortage subjects like physics, maths and foreign languages must be encouraged to teach in schools serving less well off communities.
Leadership Briefings Issue 4.06 (42)