School ties

October 27, 2016

The headline for the article on universities sponsoring schools overstates the difference between the vice-chancellors from the University of Oxford and Nottingham Trent University (“Oxford’s vice-chancellor is wrong: universities should not see running schools as ‘a distraction’”, 20 October).

Both have explained how universities can help with attainment; both universities have strong ties to local schools. What is at dispute is whether a third of university tuition funding should be tied to a university sponsoring a “successful” school. There is no evidence that university sponsorship is a golden bullet for school improvement; universities have sponsored some converter academies that remain inadequate or requiring improvement. It might work for universities in large cities to sponsor a school; there are particular issues for Oxford such that it would be mad to take on a school.

Mike Ratcliffe
Via timeshighereducation.com


Send to

Letters should be sent to: THE.Letters@tesglobal.com
Letters for publication in Times Higher Education should arrive by 9am Monday.
View terms and conditions.

Please login or register to read this article.

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most commented

Sponsored

Featured jobs

Receptionist, Sport St Mary's

St Marys University, Twickenham

SharePoint Administrator

University Of Bristol

Data Analyst

Leeds Arts University

International Operations Administrator

Edinburgh Napier University

Head of Web Development

Queen Mary University Of London