It’s difficult to think of a female Tory MP whose gender politics wouldn’t make them more at home in the Labour Party. I cannot think of one standing female Tory MP who’s publicly made critical comments about feminism or feminists. The Eton College website is here. A piece at the top of the front page in today’s Times, by Rosemary Bennett, Education Editor:
Companies should discriminate against job applicants from Eton because their grades are “not as impressive” as those achieved by candidates from struggling state schools, a former Conservative education secretary has said.
Justine Greening urged employers to take a candidate’s background into account during recruitment to boost social mobility. At a meeting in New York, she said that applying “contextual recruitment” was a far better predictor of potential than grades alone.
“Contextual recruitment [J4MB: A new term for discriminating against males, along with “positive action” in the Equality Act] basically says when you’re looking at someone’s grades who’s applied for a job . . . look at them in the context of the school they went to. You can easily do this, there’s software to help you as a company,” Ms Greening said. “So if you get three Bs from Eton, you’re probably not as impressive as somebody [J4MB: You sense that the “someone” will ideally be a woman] who gets three Bs from the school in a part of the country where the school [wasn’t] doing well.”
She added that contextual recruitment would allow employers to “stop fishing in a talent puddle and start fishing in a talent pool”, according to TES. Eton College, which charges fees of more than £40,000 a year, sends dozens of pupils to top universities and has educated 19 British prime ministers, most recently David Cameron. Ms Greening went to a comprehensive in Yorkshire.
She quit the cabinet in January after clashing with Theresa May over a review into university tuition fees and support for grammar schools. Research showed that disadvantaged applicants were 50 per cent more likely to be hired after contextual recruitment than otherwise, Ms Greening added.
Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council, pointed out that going to a particular school type was not in itself an indicator of socio-economic advantage.
Eton declined to comment.
You can subscribe to The Times here.