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12th July 2017
Over half of the UK's doctors, barristers, and journalists went to private schools
According to a recent report by the government’s Social Mobility Commission, in 2016 over half of the UK's journalists, doctors, and barristers were educated at private schools.
Out of those studying medicine, 51% came from a private education in 1987, and this has jumped to 61% in 2016.
Journalists just overstepped the half way point, with 49% coming from a private education in 1987, rising to 51% in 2016. Those in judiciary positions remained mostly from a private education, at 74% down from 76% in 1987, and barristers also still mostly come from private schools at 71% down from 73%.
A private school education arguably sets people up with certain privileges. Directly, you're supposedly provided with a better quality education, and indirectly, you can make useful and powerful connections.
The majority of students that attend private schools come from well-off backgrounds, which is also an important advantage when it comes to finding a job.
See also: Applying to a UK Private School
Summer holidays 'bad for child health'
The summer holidays are bad for children’s health, with youths being “plonked in front of screens” and losing most of the fitness they gain at school, new research reveals.
A study found that, on average, British school children lose 80 per cent of the fitness they build up during term time through “lazy” time off, with activities such as summer camps and sports clubs out of financial reach for many parents.
The study by UK Active measured 400 pupils before and after the summer holidays, and found they were able to run significantly less distance before stopping with exhaustion after the summer break.
The results were most pronounced among children from the poorest 25 per cent of families, whose deterioration was 18 times greater than those from the richest 25 per cent.
The not-for-profit organisation is calling on the Government to divert some of the £415 million expected revenue from the sugar tax promised for school sport to better holiday activities.
Dr Steven Mann, UK Active Research Director, who led the study, said the research “suggests deprived children are being plonked in front of screens for hours on end”.
See also: Summer Schools
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