Helping poorer pupils book their 'ticket to success'
ONLY one in 12 A-level students across Staffordshire and South Cheshire goes on to take a degree at a top university.
The figures – revealed by The Sentinelthis year – show some schools and colleges are not sending a single student to a Russell Group university.
This group is made up of the top 24 higher education institutions in the UK, including Oxford and Cambridge, and its degrees are widely seen as a ticket to success.
But while most experts agree more needs to be done to attract working class teenagers to aim higher, the issue has become hugely contentious.
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Former Labour cabinet minister Alan Milburn, the current Government's social mobility tsar, recently published a report on universities. His more controversial suggestions include offering lower grades to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
And he believes universities should also offer financial support to 16-year-olds to get them to stay in education and achieve good A-level grades.
This maintenance allowance could be funded by redirecting some of the money that universities currently spend on offering undergraduates fee waivers and bursaries.