Can we level the playing field? (Part Five)


Last year I wrote a series of posts about a ‘Critical Thinking’ programme I set up with Debbie for Year 12 students. This post revisits the progress of this programme but also, following some recent conversations with students, asks some broader questions about the quality of education that universities provide.

The aim of the programme was to prepare students for Oxbridge interviews by encouraging them to think in different ways and be better equipped to articulate their opinions. I didn’t revisit these posts, partly because I was a bit reluctant to share the success figures as I was hoping that I could bask in the glory of ‘ten out of eleven of the students being given offers’ or something similar.


So, I need to be honest on numbers. Three from our group of eleven ‘made it’ by getting their Oxbridge offers. One of those, ‘The Scientist’ as I referred to…

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