Many Headteachers, teachers, local authorities and MPs remain frustrated with the Government’s refusal to increase real-terms funding in state-sponsored education. But they remain hopeful that their cross-party co-operation and lobbying might reverse their fortunes in the next Comprehensive Spending Review. Only time will tell if this becomes reality, or if pressing domestic issues continue to be overshadowed by Brexit.
Cambridge’s ‘most unequal’ title will not vanish with the announcement of an access scheme that offers initially-rejected, ‘disadvantaged’ students a ‘second chance’ to get into Cambridge if their A-Level grades were better than predicted. This is a lazy measure: true endeavours to diversify Cambridge’s homogeneous student body would involve reducing offer grades for the poorest students.
Regional neglect benefits nobody: it only furthers political and economic division. Top universities must implement clear targets to recruit students from Low Participation Neighbourhoods outside of London and the South-East before it’s too late.