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Higher Education: Admissions

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Conservative, East Hampshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals from (a) London and (b) England excluding London progress to (i) any university and (ii) a Russell Group university.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The estimated proportions of maintained schools pupils with free school meals who progressed to higher education and to Russell Group institutions by age 19 are shown in the table:

Estimated proportions of maintained schools pupils with free school meals at age 15, who progressed to higher education and to Russell Group institutions by age 19 in 2009/10
  Percentage in HE(1) Percentage in Russell Group
London 33 4
England excluding London 14 1
England 18 2
(1) UK higher education institutions and English further education colleges Source: Matched data from the DFE National Pupil Database, the HESA Student Record and the SFA ILR

Information on progression of pupils to higher education is available from the BIS Widening Participation statistical release of August 2012:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/widening-participation-in-higher-education-august-2012

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