Commenting on the Department for Education consultation, ‘Schools that work for everyone’, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:
“Alliance universities strongly support government aims to improve attainment in schools. Many Alliance universities already sponsor schools and can demonstrate positive outcomes for their students.
“The consultation places particular value on universities setting up new schools to create more good and outstanding places. Some universities are well-placed to do this and should be encouraged to do so. Others can make as important a contribution – and at a greater scale – through other kinds of support.
“Our universities’ success arises from engaging in a wide range of different activities with schools – as well as providing support to students once they arrive at university. The new policy should incentivise, recognise and reward a range of activities – taking into account the university’s specific circumstances, location and strengths – as long as the university can demonstrate that it is making a real impact towards improving attainment.”
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