Independent school pupils more likely to be in top jobs.

‘The stranglehold former public-school pupils have on the UK’s top jobs has laid bare in a hard-hitting report out today.

The study, by the Sutton Trust education charity, shows that virtually every key profession is dominated by privately educated pupils snaffling the senior jobs.

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.’ - Independent

‘In medicine, meanwhile, Sutton Trust research says 61% of the country’s top doctors were educated at independent schools; nearly a quarter (22%) went to grammar school and the remainder to comprehensives.

In politics, the picture is a little better, with under a third (32%) of MPs having been privately educated, though that figure goes up to half of the cabinet, compared with 13% of the shadow cabinet.

Graduates of Oxford and Cambridge universities also continue to dominate the field, though they educate less than 1% of the population. In law, nearly three quarters (74%) of the top judiciary went to Oxbridge; 54% of the country’s leading journalists went to Oxbridge, and just under half (47%) of the cabinet attended Oxbridge, compared with 32% of the shadow cabinet.’ - Guardian

‘Overall, in 2014, Department for Education figures for Oxbridge acceptance from all A-level student entries show that those from independent schools have a five times greater chance of admission than all state pupils. More shocking, Oxford accepted four times as many private independent students (1,194) as comprehensive school students (299).’ – Times Higher Education

‘Only in business [is] more tangible progress detectable. The proportion of FTSE 100 chief executives educated at independent schools has fallen from 70 per cent in the late 1980s, to 34 per cent today. But that figure is deceptive, because the number of foreign chief executives has risen significantly: only a third of FTSE 100 chief executives educated in the UK came from comprehensive schools.

Addressing private schools’ stranglehold on British life requires fighting a war on many fronts: ending unpaid internships over four weeks, as the Sutton Trust advocate; pressurising businesses to produce more information on who they employ; and getting everyone to apply to university after receiving their grades, not before.’ – New Statesman

‘Report author Dr Philip Kirby, a Sutton Trust research fellow, also points out that over-representation of the privately educated is even more stark in acting, with 42 per cent of Bafta winners educated in independent schools.

In the report, he notes that one reason why pop music may be one of the most accessible high-profile careers for those who have been to state schools is the success of the state-funded Brit school in Croydon, which educated Adele, Imogen Heap and Jessie J, amongst many other famous artists.’ - TES

‘Dame Helen Mirren has recently stated that, “Only kids who have got wealthy parents can go into the acting profession.

“It’s very difficult for working class kids to get into the theatre”.

But the report says there are many notable exceptions – Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters and Idris Elba.

An analysis of data from the Great British Class Survey shows that the majority of British actors come from middle-class backgrounds, with 73% having parents who did professional or managerial jobs and only 10% from manual working-class backgrounds.’ - Mirror

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