The Sutton Trust (2005) Key Study

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  • Elite theorists argue that power in any society is concentrated in the hands of a minority or elite. 
  • In modern British society these elites and others certainly exist but it is not clear to what extent they are closed or open.
  • Various studies in Britain have suggested that private schools and the top universities act as recruiting grounds for elite positions. 
  • This study is part of a series by the Sutton Trust analysing the educational backgrounds of those in positions of power and influence in British society. 
  • The aims are to find out what opportunities exist for young people today to enter elite professions and to consider whether the higher…


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