Higher Education: White State-Educated Children

Part of Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons at 11:34 am on 26 October 2022.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education 11:34, 26 October 2022

As a meritocrat, I believe not in positive discrimination, but in a society where people are judged on their character and ability. Access to HE should be based on a student’s attainment and their ability to succeed, rather than their background. As I said, 2021 saw a record high number of white students who receive free school meals progressing on to higher education, but since the publication of the report, “The forgotten: how White working-class pupils have been let down, and how to change it”, we have tasked the Office for Students with refreshing its entire access and participation work and with looking into that.