8th May 2017
Pupils from ten private and grammar schools dominate applications for top graduate schemes
Pupils from ten private and grammar schools are 100 times more likely to apply for the most prestigious graduate schemes than their peers who were educated at the bottom ten per cent of schools, regardless of which universities they went on to, new analysis has revealed.
Jobs at the most sought after law firms, management consultancies, banks and FTSE 100 companies - which offer starting salaries to graduates of around £45,000 - are dominated by applications from an elite set of schools.
According to research carried out by Rare, a recruitment company which specialises in encouraging diversity in the workplace, 30 per cent of sixth form students at the top ten schools had applied for the most prestigious graduate schemes.
The ten schools represent 0.3 per cent of the school population yet produce three per cent of all applications to the top firms.
The data has become available for the first time after applications to 28 prestigious city graduate schemes - including Boston Consultancy Group, Baker McKenzie, Barclays, Deloitte and Clifford Chance - were analysed using a Contextual Recruitment System (CRS).
See also: Top Schools / Colleges League Tables
Brexit will be ‘top challenge’ for schools in coming years
Brexit will be one of the “top challenges” for schools in the next few years, hitting recruitment, funding and costs, says the head of policy at exam board Pearson.
Steve Besley says that leaving the EU will mean fewer languages teachers, the end of European funding for local projects, and rising prices for resources and utilities.
Eighty-five per cent of modern foreign languages (MFL) assistants, and 30 per cent of MFL teachers, are European nationals, Besley told delegates at the National Association of Secondary Moderns’ annual conference in London last week.
Not having easy access to more teachers from Europe, plus some of those already in England considering a return to their home country, would place pressure on headteachers already struggling to find languages staff, he said.
The removal of £3 billion of European Structural Funding (ESF), which funds local projects with young people, as well libraries and adult learning, would also affect schools when its three-year period “dries up” in 2019.
“It is unlikely the government will plug that hole.”
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