Set targets for white working-class access, MPs tell regulator

From Times Higher Education: ”England’s sector regulator should set specific targets to improve the entry rate of white working-class students to higher education, MPs say. The House of Commons Education Committee says in a report that white working-class students have been let down by ‘decades of neglect’ and that the large number of disadvantaged white British pupils who underachieve in education ‘remains a significant obstacle to closing the overall attainment gap’. In the report, the committee notes that the proportion of white British pupils who were eligible for free school meals who had entered higher education by the age of 19 in 2018-19 was 16 per cent, the lowest of any ethnic group other than Travellers of Irish heritage and Gypsy/Roma.”

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