Gaining the advantage

Patrick Derham, Head Master of Rugby School writes in The Times, 13/01/13 following recent articles about the under-representation of white working class boys at university.

I hope David Willetts and Les Ebdon will embrace Little’s efforts to offer working-class boys the most appropriate form of education, but intervention from an early age is needed if more are to make it to university. The independent charity Eastside Young Leaders Academy has helped many young males — including some who have come through Rugby — keep up with their studies and dream big.

It is now expanding this work as a partner of the SpringBoard Bursary Foundation, which aims to place those from deprived backgrounds at independent and state boarding schools.

Disadvantaged young men deserve academic support in their formative years — not long after the horse has bolted.
Patrick Derham, Head Master, Rugby School

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