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Call for cut back on unconditional offers for Uni.

Call for cut back on unconditional offers for Uni.

Elite private schools have called for universities to cut back on the use of unconditional offers for undergraduate places over fears that pupils will not be motivated to strive for high A-level grades.

Mike Buchanan, the executive director of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), which represents many of the country’s most expensive independent schools, claimed that pupils “take their foot off the gas” after accepting offers that do not require specific A-level grades.

“These youngsters have to carry their results with them for their whole careers,” Buchanan, the former headteacher of Ashford School in Kent, told the Times newspaper.

“I am asking universities to stop using them unless they have interviewed the pupil and got some sense that it would be good for this pupil, or have consulted the school, which has given you the same information.”

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