Today the government has announced new measures to protect students and the higher education sector from the impacts of Covid-19.

James Turner, CEO of the the Sutton Trust, said of the news:

“It is right that the government looks to protect students’ interests at this difficult time. As always, it will be crucial to monitor the implications of the numbers cap on access, especially to the most selective universities.

“Especially welcome are the moves to prevent poor admissions practices, which may lead young people to make poor choices for their future.  This is particularly important at a time of uncertainty when schools are out, and the poorest students are less likely to have access to support from teachers and advisors. We also welcome the enhanced clearing process so that young people can make their final choices based on real grades and what is the best match for their talents and aspirations.”

 

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