Education

Key to overcoming some of the biggest issues facing modern Britain, the education sector must continue to reform. From determining the right balance between school autonomy and central oversight, to finding ways that education can provide a pathway for all children to achieve their potential, informed research and discussions are needed to make headway.

Adult education and continuous skills development is also increasingly crucial as the labour market is transforming, meaning that education reform will be necessary across all age groups.

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Progress on improving access to university for the poorest is woefully inadequate, warns think tank

New figures published today by the Higher Education Statistics Authority show that no progress has been made in improving access to universities for students from low participation neighbourhoods since 2014/15.

Commenting, Reform Education Researcher, Imogen Farhan, said: 

“These dire statistics should be a serious cause of concern for the Government, which has made clear it wants to ‘level up’ across the country.

“Just 12 per cent of students came from low participation neighbourhoods in 2018/19 – the same proportion as in 2014/15.

“Throwing more money at the problem simply isn’t working - universities have spent millions trying to improve access in recent years. Urgent reform is required which mandates universities to publish how they spend their widening participation budgets and commitment to admissions which consider a student’s background."

Covered by BBC News, The Times, The Financial Times and TES.