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Trends in young participation in higher education: core results for England
Article Type: Research news From: Education + Training, Volume 52, Issue 4
This publication from the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) reports on the trends in young participation from the mid-1990s to the present. HEFCE have an established programme of analysis tracking the proportion of young people from different backgrounds who enter higher education at age 18 or 19 (“young participation”). Recent development of this work, including introducing provisional results based on applications data, allowed them for the first time to report on a consistent basis trends in young participation for the cohorts of young people reaching 18/19 years of age between 1994/1995 and 2009/2010.
This publication focuses on a set of core results to allow rapid reporting of trends following the finalisation (in December 2009) of applications data for the 2009 entry cycle. These core results cover young people from England and describe trends in young participation for England as a whole, for each sex, and for area-based groups differentiated by educational, occupational and financial advantage.
Young participation has increased for England.
Large differences in participation rates by where young people live.
Young people from disadvantaged areas substantially more likely to enter higher education since the mid-2000s.
Young people from advantaged areas are also more likely to enter higher education.
Differences in participation rates between advantaged and disadvantaged neighbourhoods have reduced since the mid-2000s.
Participation rates higher for women, but recent substantial increases for men.
The full report can be downloaded at: www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2010/10_03/