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Forget the glamour of Oxbridge, it’s time to accept the British education system is fundamentally broken

10 20 459

It’s that time of year again when our education system is under scrutiny, as bright-eyed, hopeful young people all over the country open up their GCSE and A-level results on breakfast television.

I am sure you can picture the scenes of congratulatory teenagers hugging each other and crying. They have won. They got the grades required to continue their educational journey. They get to live away from their families for the first time and have that all-important ‘university experience’.

They are understandably excited about the new friends they will make, the parties, the freedom of living like an adult… some of them are even excited about their studies and the promise of an education which challenges and opens their minds to new ways of thinking and understanding the world.

However, this is only a very small part of what should be known as the Great British Education Scam.

Because we have to address the big elephant in the room that every individual and group with an interest in our education system is aware of but afraid to address – the influence of fee-paying schools and the tutoring industry.

Over the last two decades, the British system of providing top-class education with a high price tag has grown massively, attracting a growing international student body, because of independent schools’ huge success in getting pupils into the top universities. In addition, this creates strong social capital – the networks you (and your parents) can later draw upon for internships, jobs, references and, of course, access to even more elite networking at the top universities.

This is why, for the middle class, the education system is about so much more than what a student actually learns – it becomes the key to........

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