The most recent gaffe by the Conservative education minister Theodore Agnew when again demonstrates how tone-deaf the fortunate are to the truth of those who deal with a bumpier trip. His attack on the policy of broadening involvement at universities (It’s lunacy to let students into universities with E grades, says minister, 4 May) efficiently totals up to a crossing out of countless individuals at 18.
There is lots of proof about how well trainees from state schools do at university compared to their independently informed peers: last month it was exposed that a quarter of trainees with A-level grades listed below 3 Ds attained a very first at university. This must be commemorated, not denigrated.
We must be motivating trainees to desire university and taking their specific scenarios into account, not diminishing their accomplishments or turning away those who possibly might benefit most from college.
Head of policy and projects, University and College Union
• As somebody who attained a D and an E at A-level and is now a university speaker, I need to disagree with Theodore Agnew’s remarks to the independent schools’ conference. I went to among the independent schools Agnew applauds. It was educationally bad, a lot of the instructors were not certified, and it was swarming with snobbery and bullying. I stopped attempting academically since barely anybody was motivating me. I scraped into what was then Christchurch College Canterbury and emerged after 3 pleased years with a 2:1.
My enthusiasm for mentor has actually been driven in part by my experience of the demoralising impacts of bad mentor. A number of my trainees have actually refrained from doing well at school; numerous have actually gone back to education in their 20 s. They are typically the very best trainees, determined and eager to add to society in helpful methods– not to end up being lenders or to operate in the City like numerous who emerge from independent schools.
Dr Hugh Dunkerley
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