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What would happen if the top 10% of state school pupils were automatically offered places at the top universities, rather than having to compete for university places with candidates from better-performing schools?
They have been doing this in the USA for 10 years, and the evidence is that students from poorly-performing schools admitted under this “10% rule” are doing better at university (in terms of grades and retention) than other students.
Sounds like an obvious solution to the problem that Oxford & Cambridge admit over 40% of their students from private schools, which teach only 7% of the UK’s children.
From the Guardian Education Supplement: