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Family background should not be a bar to the best education

Brett Wigdortz | evening standard | 22 august 2016

A report from PA Consulting and Teach First is profiled in the Evening Standard in an article about the choices on offer to GCSE pupils. In particular, the article focuses on those pupils from low-income backgrounds.

The PA and Teach First report looks at what options are available to young people after they leave school. It goes on to explain that, despite a government commitment to create 3 million more apprenticeships by 2020, a lack of information and financial barriers could continue to put those from low income backgrounds off the route. 

Commenting on the importance for all pupils, regardless of background, to be given a fair choice of whether to go to university, on to an apprenticeship or straight into a job, the article says: “For a growing number the choice is becoming an apprentice. But new analysis from Teach First and PA Consulting Group this week shows that young people from low-income backgrounds are less likely to be able to take up the best apprenticeships.”

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