Private or Comprehensive education; not either/or thanks to CL


From The Independent.

Their grip on power is most noticeable in the judiciary, where 74 per cent of leading judges (those in the High Court or Court of Appeal) were privately educated.

Research findings by the Sutton Trust, which campaigns for equal access to education for all, has been extensively quoted on this blog.

Figures in the report also show that one in three MPs (32 per cent) was privately educated – as were half the members of the Conservative Cabinet, and 71 per cent of senior Army officers – two-star generals and above – went to private schools.

The list goes on – in medicine, 61 per cent of doctors were privately educated while 22 per cent went to selective state grammar schools and just 16 per cent to comprehensives. 48 per cent of civil servants were educated  privately, 29 per cent went to selective grammar schools and 23 per cent to comprehensives.

“Our research shows that your chances of reaching the top in so many areas of British life are so much better if you went to an independent school,” said Sir Peter Lampl, the chairman of the Sutton Trust. “As well as academic achievement, an independent education tends to develop the essential skills such as confidence, articulacy and teamwork, which are vital to career success.”
This comment hits the nail on the head. The EEF Toolkit promotes Cooperative Learning because of the impact on results, but the real power of Cooperative Learning is not in mere academic achievement. Rather, the results are an ancillary effect of these crucial lifeskills, outlined by Mr Lampl.
And this holds true for Tertiary as well, as Professor Lee Marsden attests in this video, discussing the impact of Cooperative Learning at the University of East Anglia. Read more on UK Tertiary in the 21st century; a Cooperative Learning toolkit.

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