Young People from Deprived Backgrounds: Access to Higher Education

Part of Education – in the House of Commons on 14th March 2022.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Education)

Whether we look at the national tutoring programme, which is failing to reach disadvantaged children; qualification changes that Ofqual admits will hamper progress to HE; the disparaging of university courses with higher numbers of deprived students on them; or the falling apprenticeship numbers, the truth is that this is a “Get back in your place” Government who stand as a barrier to aspiration for deprived students. Does the Minister not realise that the Government have not a shred of credibility on this subject? Their policies are the barrier to working-class aspiration, not the solution.