The Telegraph is reporting that poor students are now less likely to go to university than their wealthier peers than at any point in the last decade, new figures show.
Just over a quarter (26.3 per cent) of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) went on to university last year, compared to 44.9 per cent of those who were not, according to data published by the Department for Education.
Although the proportion of free school meal students going to university has increased over time, the proportion of their wealthier peers has increased at a faster rate, meaning the gap between the two has grown larger.
A DfE spokesperson urged universities to “take steps to level the playing field for those from disadvantaged backgrounds and other underrepresented groups”.
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