Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Education Inequality Gap

The gap between poor students and their more affluent peers going to university is at its widest point for a decade despite government pressure to boost campus diversity, figures reveal. Better-off students are still significantly more likely to go to university than their poorer peers and the access gap has widened to its largest point since 2006-07. 

The proportion of black pupils entering higher education in Britain has also stagnated, Department for Education statistics show, with just a 0.1-percentage-point increase in the last year. 

It comes as elite universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, are in the spotlight for failing to admit sufficient numbers of students from ethnic minorities and poorer backgrounds
The proportion of poorer pupils entering university has stagnated – with just a 0.1-percentage-point rise in the past year.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said it was “worrying” to see that the university access gap has widened.

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