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Reform Media Statement: Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission Report

On Monday 24 June, The Sutton Trust published a report in partnership with the Social Mobility Commission, addressing the dominance of privately-educated individuals in top professions. Dr. Luke Heselwood, Senior Researcher at Reform, said:

“These scandalous figures show that the UK is far from being a meritocracy. Fixing this will require serious reform to the education system as, despite improvements, the most advantaged are nearly 10 times more likely to attend elite universities than the most disadvantaged. If candidates vying to become Prime Minster are serious about giving equal opportunity to all, they must focus on raising the attainment of disadvantaged school pupils so they can apply to elite universities. Top universities must also embrace contextualised admissions and offer more support to students to help them to succeed.”

This statement was covered by The Guardian, The SunHuffington Post, ITV and Indy 100.

Reform Media Statement: London Rough Sleeping Statistics

On 19 June 2019, new data from St. Mungo's Combined Homelessness and Information Network (Chain) showed an all-time high in rough sleeping in London. Commenting on the new data, Dr. Luke Heselwood, Senior Researcher at Reform and co-author of 'Preventing Youth Homelessness', said:

“The Government’s flagship homelessness legislation is failing the most vulnerable in society. Rather than waiting until people are on the streets, a preventative approach is needed. This will require a multi-agency response and long-term funding to support London boroughs facing increasing pressures."

This statement was covered by The Big Issue.

TalkRadio, 18 June 2019

On 18 June 2019, Reform Director Charlotte Pickles appeared on TalkRadio to speak with Mike Graham about the complex and changing face of disadvantage in the UK, following a speech for Reform on the same topic by Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education.

She addressed the lag in educational outcomes for white, working-class children in Britain, linking this phenomenon to the educational difficulties experienced in the rural and coastal areas where the white working-class population tends to be concentrated. She also emphasised that the issue goes far beyond a lack of good schools, pointing out that even in areas with a high concentration of 'outstanding' schools, other factors (such as lack of cultural exposure and poor home life) can negatively influence outcomes.

You can listen back to the full interview here.

Reform Media Statement: Knife Crime Statistics

On 13 June 2019, the Ministry of Justice released statistics showing that knife crime has reached a nine-year high. Commenting on the figures, Reform Director Charlotte Pickles said:


“The tragic rise in knife crime requires urgent action. But, as these figures show, tougher sentences are not the answer. Politicians focusing on law enforcement are mistaken; you cannot arrest your way out of this. Instead of pledging thousands more police offices, if candidates vying to become Prime Minster really want to stem this violence they must also focus on the root causes - poverty, school exclusion, poor mental health and drugs."


This was covered on the BBCThe Times and Police Professional among other publications. 

Politics Live, 4 June 2019

Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform, appeared on Politics Live to discuss the latest policy news including Trump's state visit to the UK and dealing with the past in Northern Ireland.  

Time Education Supplement, 4 June 2019

Dr Luke Heselwood, Senior Researcher at Reform, wrote a piece for the Times Education Supplement, on the different education spending pledges being made by Conservative leadership candidates. 

"In the latest instalment of the "I can outspend you" campaigning, Boris Johnson,Michael Gove and Matt Hancock have pledged to stump up more cash for schools." 

Read the full piece here

Reform Media Statement: Augar Review

On Thursday 30 May, The Augar Review into post-18 education published its findings; among its recommendations was a call for tuition fees to be capped at £7500. Dr. Luke Heselwood, Senior Researcher at Reform, said: 

"Slashing tuition fees is a red herring and the taxpayer will ultimately pay the cost. It will not result in better quality courses, improved access for disadvantaged students or stop students leaving university with large levels of debt. Universities need to stop pushing poor-quality courses and start delivering value for the money students pay.”

This statement was covered in FE News.