Over 50% of universities admit less than 5% of white students from low participation neighbourhoods

NEON's 2019 ‘Working Class Heroes – Understanding access to higher education for white students from lower socio-economic backgrounds’ report.

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Some key points from the @NEONHE report (Feb 21): Over a quarter of students from LPNs, quarter of Asian students and a third of black students may not enter HE under the new system. Students may be less prepared for HE study or not supported to apply for HE #ProtectStudentChoice https://twitter.com/KateGreenSU/status/1448559341552996354

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The @Conservatives' move to defund BTECs will hold young people back and stop many reaching their potential.
T-levels are untested, BTECs work.
Govt must #ProtectStudentChoice