Government will miss ‘ambitious’ 2020 higher education widening participation targets, report finds

Sean Gallup/Getty Images The Government is on course to miss its own “ambitious” targets for widening participation in higher education (HE) by 2020, according to a recent report. Independent think tank the Social Market Foundation’s (SMF) findings in Widening Participation has also highlighted “significant differences” between institutions’ intake of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Government has been aiming to double the proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds going into HE, and also to increase the numbers of students from BME backgrounds by 20 per cent. Despite there being some progress…

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