BBC News are reporting that government figures show 85% of private school pupils went to higher education, compared with 62% of those from state schools by the age of 19 in 2013-14.
But overall there were still many thousands more state school pupils going to university in 2013-14 at 212,065, than private school pupils at 24,990.
The report, Widening Participation in Higher Education: 2016, noted: “The 2013-14 cohort was the first cohort where all students were affected by the change in tuition fees in 2012-13.”
Sorana Vieru, vice president for higher education at the National Union of Students, said: “This government has continued with the coalition’s rhetoric that high fees and debt have not put students off going into higher education.
“Despite research showing that students from non-selective state schools being the most likely to succeed at university, their participation rates have been in decline since 2010.”
“For a government that talks the talk on social mobility, it needs to seriously consider the effect its market reforms are having on higher education participation.”
Should more be done to encourage state school pupils to go on to higher education? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Nellie
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