Disadvantaged young pupils still win race to university
Disadvantaged young people in inner-London are more likely to go to university than wealthier youngsters outside the capital, according to official figures.
The Department for Education analysis reveals big regional differences across England in the likelihood of getting places in higher education.
Inner London’s entry rate is 48% for pupils eligible for free school meals.
This is higher than non-free school meals pupils anywhere outside London.
The figures show a widening gap in getting places in higher education between disadvantaged and better-off pupils – using eligibility for free school meals as a measure.
Regional and ethnic differences
Across England, 26% of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) go into higher education by the age of 19, compared with 45% of those not eligible for free meals (non-FSM).