Cambridge News is reporting that state school teachers regularly fail to advise their brightest pupils to apply to Oxbridge – with many underestimating their chances of success, according to a new study.
The research shows 43 per cent rarely or never recommend that their star students apply to Cambridge or Oxford University – with 13 per cent of those believing their pupils would not fit in.
The majority of teachers underestimate the proportion of state-educated students at the prestigious institutes, according to the poll published ahead of the Oxbridge applications deadline on Saturday.
More than a fifth of state teachers thought fewer than 20 per cent of students come from publicly funded schools – when the actual figure is three times that, the research for the Sutton Trust shows.
Sutton Trust chairman Sir Peter Lampl said: “Today’s polling tells us that many state school teachers don’t see Oxbridge as a realistic goal for their brightest pupils.
“It is vital that the universities step up their outreach activities to address teachers’ and students’ misconceptions.”
Do you think that teachers should be pushing Oxbridge, or should they be advising their students to go to the best University for their course? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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