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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Wow. The Scottish Greens are saying that John Swinney will reinstate all Scottish exam grades which were marked down last week by going with teacher recoms. Major implications for Eng and Wales - not clear how GW or KW with withstand pressure.

@dkernohan @colin_mccaig @MaryCurnockCook @markcorver So, you *could* favour applicants from schools more likely to put in appeals for students. Wonder if there’s any type of school that disproportionately makes appeals on behalf of their students...

"Where you are aware that a student’s grade may
change as the result of an appeal, I would encourage you... to hold their place until they receive the result of that appeal". New letter from @michelledonelan to VCs on admissions & A-Level results👇

Minister for Education in #Scotland to make a statement this afternoon on how they will address the #SQAResultsFiasco later on this afternoon (expected to be at 2:50pm #ukedchat