Kind of puts paid to the lie that the most disadvantaged school leavers are missing out on University because of the SQA and SNP incompetence [Tusker reader]
Despite the media pile-on based on a misunderstanding of where the blame lies for unequal attainment in Scotland’s exam system – the wider social, cultural and economic inequalities built into Great Britain and tolerated over decades by the Labour party – evidence of reducing disadvantage for pupils from deprived areas emerged at the same time but was ignored by that same media.
From UCAS on 4th August:
The number of 18 year-olds from Scotland’s most deprived areas with a confirmed place has risen to a new high of 1,300 – meaning 11.9% of all young people belonging to this group have been accepted into university or college, and the gap to students from the least deprived areas has narrowed to its lowest ever point (a ratio of 3.29). The number of students (of all ages) accepted from the most deprived areas has also reached a new high of 4,360, with the gap to those accepted from the least deprived areas also reducing to the smallest ever ratio of 1.89.
Putting that last point into simpler words, applicants from the least deprived areas were less than twice [1.89 times] as likely to be accepted as those from the most deprived area.
Across the UK, applicants from the least deprived areas were more than three times [23.7% vs only 6.7%] as likely to be accepted as those from the most deprived area.