Zahawi says Oxbridge colleges should give place to state school pupils

Oxbridge colleges are right to give place to pupil from state school over one from independent sector with same grades, Dice il segretario all'Istruzione

  • Nadhim Zahawi argued that disadvantaged students should be given a leg up
  • The Education Secretary said Oxbridge should give pupils from state schools a place over ones from the independent sector if they are getting the same grades
  • Says state school pupils have ‘greater challengesto overcome for same results
  • Oxford and Cambridge should give a university place to a pupil from a state school over one from the independent sector if they get the same grades, the Education Secretary has said.

    Nadhim Zahawi argued that there were times when someone from a disadvantaged background should be given a leg up to help them succeed.

    ‘If there are two students, one has gone to my brilliant state schools, and they are getting better every day, and one has gone to an independent school and they get the same set of results at A-levels, then actually the university should take the boy from the state school,’ he told Sky News.

    'Perché? Because he’s had greater challenges to overcome to get the same results.’ But he added: ‘What I don’t think we do; we don’t level up by dragging people down.

    ‘I don’t want to attack independent schools, they do a great job, they are joining us on this journey.’

    Oxford and Cambridge should give a university place to a pupil from a state school over one from the independent sector if they get the same grades, the Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi (pictured on BBC's Sunday Morning programme last week) ha detto

    Oxford and Cambridge should give a university place to a pupil from a state school over one from the independent sector if they get the same grades, the Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi (pictured on BBC’s Sunday Morning programme last week) ha detto

    Ha aggiunto: ‘Our independent sector, look at what King Edward Schools Foundation is doing in Birmingham where they actually run independent schools and state schools in the one foundation.

    ‘What Eton are planning to do with the Star Academies where they are going to build three six form colleges in places like Oldham, in areas that need that investment in education.

    ‘I want to bring everybody together; you don’t succeed in getting a great outcome for every child by actually attacking a part of the system.