Data shows that the most disadvantaged young people in England are 4 times less likely to attend university than the least disadvantaged group. This difference increases to 11.4 times less likely for higher tariff institutions (UCAS End of Cycle Report, 2021). These students are less likely to have family members or other role models who have attended university and therefore may not see this as a potential pathway.
Data also shows that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are 50% more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training) than their similarly qualified but better-off peers, but that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with better qualifications are less likely to be NEET (Youth Jobs Gap: Establishing the Employment Gap, Impetus, 2019).
We believe that, with support, every young person can achieve their chosen aspiration, whether that is further or higher education, employment or training and we are committed to helping them on that journey.