OXFORD graduate Liz Truss has promised to reform admissions procedures at her former university.

Ms Truss, who is fighting for the leadership of the Tory party with Rishi Sunak, unveiled a six-point strategy on Saturday to ‘get Britain’s education system back on track’.

The 47-year-old read PPE at Merton College in the 1990s and was president of the university’s Liberal Democrat society.

After pitching herself as the ‘education prime minister’, Ms Truss has said students who get top grades in their A levels would be automatically invited to apply for Oxbridge and other top universities, under her promised reforms.

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She said: “My six-point plan will ensure our education system gets back on track by giving every child the tools they need to succeed.

“Through a laser-like focus on improving maths and literacy standards, we will make a real difference to children’s lives and by giving families greater choice and flexibility when it comes to childcare we will also save them money.”

Her plan also includes replacing failing academies with ‘a new wave of free schools’, while high-performing academies would be expanded.

Academies are state-funded schools, which are independent from local authorities.

The vast majority of Oxfordshire’s secondary schools are academies.

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This story was written by Liam Rice, he joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

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