Henry Hepburn

The poor pupils ‘written off’ by HE access programmes

Targeting funding at schools with low progression rates leaves students missing out on vital help, report warns

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A “vast swathe” of Scottish pupils will have their chances of going into higher education “written off” unless widening-access schemes for schools are overhauled, a report has found.

Continuing with the existing approach would be “morally wrong”, according to the hard-hitting findings, seen by TESS. The conclusions are based on research that shows tens of thousands of pupils are at risk of missing out on university or college each year because their school receives no expert support on widening access.

The University of Glasgow report (bit.ly/AccessReport) also predicts the government is ...

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