September 2016 Press Coverage
A high level of media coverage was recorded in September, with the main focus on GCSE examination results as well as interest in the government’s Green Paper consultation.
September saw a large amount of coverage and opinion following the Prime Minister’s policy speech on education and social mobility and, consequently, the publication of the Green Paper.
2016 GCSE results received very good coverage with articles reporting on the strong results of the independent sector, which bucked the national trend.
Over the course of the month there were a variety of topics discussed, mentioning or facilitated by ISC. Schools Week based an article around the government’s Social Mobility Commission which recommended that employers collect data on an applicant’s school background. Charitable status was reported on, following the publication of the Green Paper. St Paul’s School’s bursaries policy received much attention in the press and was reported on widely. There was also some coverage discussing the success of the independent sector in the Rio Olympic games, as well as a piece in Schools Week, quoting Julie Robinson, which discussed where the Paralympic gold medallists went to school.
Mentions of ISC also extended across the globe, with references in two Chinese outlets as well as featuring in the French weekly paper, Courrier International.