Commenting on OFFA’s report calling for fundamental changes in widening participation, Sir Peter Lampl, Founder and Chairman of the Sutton Trust and of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:
“OFFA is right to call for fundamental changes to widening participation. While the number of disadvantaged pupils going to university has been increasing, the access gap at our most selective institutions remains stubborn and wide. We need radical change to shift this, including a greater and more transparent use of contextual admissions from universities.
“It’s important that we get a better idea of what works when it comes to widening participation and OFFA is right to stress this. We want to see much better evaluation of different programmes from universities and are working with OFFA to ensure that on an overall basis access initiatives are cost effective.”
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