Oxford trawling NI for top quality students…

We, eventually, had a reasonably erudite discussion on education yesterday on Slugger. The issue of Northern Ireland’s clearest educational virtue came up several times: its high scoring performance in A Level exam results. It coincides with an outreach from Oxford to draw in some of that considerable talent. Given that Queens recently joined the Russell Group of elite universities, is there a danger that, despite our many problems, we are taking some historical advantages for granted: ie, considerably higher levels of social mobility in its schools than those in Britain?

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