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Today we welcomed 70 of the very best Year 10 scientists from across to a Genetics Masterclass Day as part of their Harris Experience programme. 🧪 🧫 🧬 The day was delivered by our talented science teachers, and speakers from . Thank you to all involved. https://t.co/glJzYsaZEZ

22/01/20

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Always happy to speak people who want to become teachers. https://t.co/TEq92MwQtC

22/01/20

Tune into BBC London news at 6.30 tonight to see how Harris St John’s Wood is tackling this crucial issue https://t.co/l73ymUy3vk

21/01/20

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Morden headteacher to skydive and complete Ironman to raise money for Cancer Research https://t.co/rKA42TgA52

21/01/20

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👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 ... We are still prepared to take applications for our OUTSTANDING sixth form for September 2020. Progress amongst the best in the UK! https://t.co/WfZnP6wBeR https://t.co/xJEEgryfm3

20/01/20

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Our next Friends at Beckenham meeting is tomorrow Tuesday 21st January 2020 6:30-7:30, all Parents and Carers welcome.

20/01/20

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Well done to sixth formers Jona, Elizabeth and Korede, who have all received offers from Oxford or Cambridge universities. "It’s been a dream of mine since Yr 10 and I have worked so hard, alongside the support from the school,” says Jona, who has an offer from https://t.co/Q5aqa1HE0l

20/01/20

There's just 24hrs left to watch champion pupils at win the title of the 'UK's smartest school' in CBBC's Top Class. Here's their specialist round on Martin Luther King Jr from the live grand final which they won 38-18! Well done Sid, Aadam, Nagu and Anya 🌟🏆 https://t.co/VXIc380rWX

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17/01/20

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Applications NOW open! National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML), the qualification that provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a Middle Leader. Request your application pack today!

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We are thrilled at Brasenose to be making offers to Elizabeth, Kane and Yusriya from . Look forward to seeing you all in October 🎊🎊🎉🎉😃🎆 - and congratulations to everyone else too! https://t.co/1ZV7ak2g1r

17/01/20

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Thrilled that three of our "outstanding" sixth form students have had offers from Universities this week. https://t.co/AOgScria7t

16/01/20

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16/01/20

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⭐️He has done it!⭐️ Congratulations to Basit who has tonight been presented with an award for his Musicianship by the Mayor of Bexley 🥁 What a proud moment for Basit, his family and his HGA family. Well done! 👍🏽⭐️ https://t.co/2RNUFQG9Jc

16/01/20

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Excellent day with the trainees considering how to teach controversial issues in Geography https://t.co/ftJIJY6Chi

16/01/20

We've had a record-breaking 61 offers at the Harris Federation so far, including 43 from . Well done to every single one of these amazing students. Read about how last year's cohort from Harris is getting on at Oxbridge in this fantastic interview. https://t.co/zGDZ5pcwrg

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16/01/20

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Posted on: July 3rd 2019

Britain is less elitist than it was but there is still a long way to go

The Sutton Trust’s recent report – on the privately-educated dominating prestigious jobs by a scale of five to one – is an important read. The study highlights how critical an independent school education was twenty years ago, especially for those now at the top of their chosen career paths.

This isn’t, however, particularly surprising. Back then, education in this country was in a rut; a tired out, laurel-resting, old boys’ club at one end of the spectrum; and the dregs of a union-dominated, ‘bog-standard comprehensive’ state sector at the other. Both ends of the spectrum were equally complacent, equally dominated by the past, equally lazy in their approach and equally unwilling or unable to contemplate change or improvement.

The revolution in education started by Andrew Adonis and then taken forward by Michael Gove has succeeded in changing all that. But not enough. It is a disgrace that in our country, one of the most advanced in the world, if your parents did not go to university there is an 80 per cent chance you will never go yourself.

But thanks to the shake-up of the education system over the past twenty years, there is a new cohort of state schools supporting children who past generations would have left behind. In the Harris Federation chain of academy schools which I manage, there are 51 students with Oxbridge offers this year. All of these sixth formers have faced disadvantage and are a truly diverse group of teenagers from all over London.

We have helped them beat the odds because we have disrupted the system – creating a highly academic – but free of charge – sixth form in partnership with the independent Westminster School. We have developed sixth forms in schools that didn’t have them, and not been scared to insist that our students work hard, learn the basics and then excel in their subjects.

But we also have to fight the system. For every open door at an Oxbridge college, there are five that need to be kicked down. For every employer that wants to engage with work experience, there are hundreds that won’t or are scared to do so. And for every complacent, jobsworth headteacher who has spent decades telling pupils there’s no point trying for the best universities because they’ll never get in, we have recruited a generation of teachers – many of whom are from equally diverse backgrounds – to tell our students that the system can be beaten.

There is still a long way to go. But the changing needs of society may be on our side.

One would hope that the world of newspaper columnists, public body chairs and even diplomats and politicians (four of the careers highlighted in the Sutton Trust report) will become more open to the next generation. But what this country needs more than anything is a brilliant generation of private sector entrepreneurs: educated, creative, open-minded and forward thinking. Those who will build on the UK’s new corporate strengths in AI, pharma, online retail, tech, new agriculture, the environment, science and the arts.

So yes, we should be concerned by the predominance of the independently-educated in the so-called elite professions. As a nation we need to do everything we can to help students like ours infiltrate and become established in these careers. But we should also be giving our children and teenagers the incentives and help they need to make the most of their talents and give Britain the creative and entrepreneurial shot in the arm it needs at this time.

Sir Dan Moynihan, Chief Executive

 

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