Thousands of state school pupils are not applying to the most selective university degree courses despite having the A-levels to secure a place, new research shows.
Young people's aspirations towards higher education are the highest ever, with 77 percent saying they are fairly likely or very likely to enter university.
A new 'percent' scheme to offer bright pupils in disadvantaged schools a pathway to their local elite university is unveiled today by the Sutton Trust after a review of innovative admissions systems in the UK and across the world. The programme includes an individual admissions route provided students meet minimum A-level grades.
Over two-fifths (43%) of young people in London reported having received private tuition in some form during their school years, an increase from 36% in 2005. The finding comes from a survey of 2,447 11-16 year old students in state schools by Ipsos MORI, which revealed that the proportions of students taking private tuition has increased in five years from 18% to 22% nationally.