Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Lost Generation: Thurrock pupils on free school meals least likely in UK to go to university

THURROCK students on free school meals (FSM) are the least likely in the whole of the country to go onto Higher Education.

The figures released by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) show that whilst some boroughs have seen student numbers blossom, Thurrock has remained anchored at the bottom of the table.

In 2010/11 only 5% of eligible students went onto higher education.

That compares to Essex:13%;Southend:17%;Barking and Dagenham:26%;Camden:40%;Tower Hamlets:37%.

Other poor performing authorities are: West Sussex on 9%; Norfolk on 8%; Lincolnshire on 9% and Southampton on 7%.

The statistics also show that Thurrock hasn’t improved over the last five years:
2006/7: 8%
2007/8: 6%
2008/9: 7%
2009/10: 11%
2010/11: 5%

The numbers of FSM pupils (overall) going to university has risen – in 2005/06 14 per cent went on to study for a degree In 2010/11 that figure had risen to 20%.

Universities are planning to spend more than £700 million in 2017/18 on recruiting poorer students and those less likely to apply – an increase of more than £100 million from 2012/13, a BIS spokeswoman said.

The statistics will come as another hammer blow to the education bosses in the borough who will feel hit by both sides. Thurrock also has one of the lowest entry rate to the Russell Group of universities in the country.

Over the coming week, YT will be gauging reaction from a number of organisations across the borough.

YT did attempt to contact council boss and portfolio holder for education, cllr John Kent but he is away until August 14th.


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