‘Grindingly slow’ progress on disadvantaged uni access

According to TES, the gap between the proportion of disadvantaged pupils applying to university and their wealthier peers has narrowed to a record low, new Ucas data reveals.

The data from the universities admissions body shows that nearly a quarter – 24.6 per cent – of young people from the most disadvantaged areas have applied to be admitted to university this year, compared with 55 per cent of pupils from the most advantaged areas.

Headteachers say the progress is too slow, and that more needs to be done during early years education to address inequalities.

Pupils in London are now 1.54 times more likely to apply to university by the 15 January deadline than those in the North East – the region with the lowest application rate.

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