New figures published today by the Department for Education show that the most advantaged pupils were five times more likely to progress to a top university than the most disadvantaged in 2017/18. This shows that minimal progress has been made over the past 8 years – the figure was six times more likely in 2009/10.
Commenting, Reform Education Researcher, Imogen Farhan, said:
“Top universities should be engines of social mobility, but today’s statistics show that this is far from a reality.
“£66 million was spent on access and participation last year. But throwing money at the problem isn’t working.
“Greater transparency about how universities are spending access budgets and admissions which consider a student’s background are required.
“If the Prime Minister is serious about closing the opportunity gap and ‘levelling up’ attainment in the country this must be a priority.”
Covered by The Times, BBC News and FE News.