University divide

3rd July 2009 at 01:00

Pupils from rich backgrounds are still twice as likely to go to university than those from the poorest homes, official figures showed today. Only 2.9 per cent more young people from poor backgrounds are going compared with five years ago, say figures from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis).

However, the gap has narrowed by seven percentage points since 2002-03, and 3.3 percentage points since 2005-06.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today