The UCAS 2020 Entry ‘Where next?’ has just been published and it has raised some very interesting recommendations from some very concerning findings. The main evidence for this report has come from a survey of first and second year UK university and college students. More than 27,000 first and second year students, accepted at age 17-19 over the last two cycles, took the time to tell UCAS about their pathway(s) to Higher Education. Below we take a look at those concerning findings and the interesting recommendations.
Executive summary findings
‘We fully endorse and support the recommendations presented by UCAS. In particular, we are strong advocates for the embedding of careers education in Primary schools, the increase rigour within Ofsted inspections and better access to CIAG. Reference is made to UK government careers strategies within the recommendations, what is a concern is that those strategies have now expired and the recent White Paper made no mention of careers provision in Primary settings.
‘More needs to be done to improve and support vocational students to get into higher tariff institutions. The moral imperative to make the improvements needed to bridge the divide between disadvantaged students and those who are not is clear – this report highlights the inequality that remains in our educational system.’
You can read report below and download it from here