London’s colleges promoting social mobility

Inner London’s colleges are helping more disadvantaged students get to university than all its school sixth forms.

In 2010, Inner London’s 19 colleges and 16-19 schools helped more disadvantaged students to progress to university than all 81 of the area’s school sixth forms. The most recent national data on young people’s progression to university for 2010 show that of the 1,906 young people eligible for free school meals (FSM) who progressed to university from Inner London, over half came from sixth form colleges, further education or 16-19 schools. Inner London’s 5 sixth form colleges contributed 20% of the overall total.

 FSM students progressing to HE from inner London colleges in 2010

  FSM students progressing to HE % of inner London total
City & Islington college

168

Newham sixth form college (NewVIc)

156

St. Francis Xavier sixth form college

95

Tower Hamlets college

90

Christ the King sixth form college

77

Ealing Hammersmith & West London college

70

William Morris sixth form*

69

Westminster Kingsway college

57

St. Charles sixth form college

43

City of Westminster college

42

Crossways academy*

25

Haringey sixth form centre*

22

South Thames college

18

Shooters Hill post-16 campus*

16

Lambeth college

13

BSix Brooke House sixth form college

10

Hackney community college

9

Newham college of further education

7

Lewisham college

6

19 inner London colleges

993

52%

81 inner London school sixth forms

913

48%

Inner London as a whole

1,906

 

* 16-19 schools.

Some colleges not included due to small numbers.

Data in a previous post also showed that:

  • Just 10 London sixth forms accounted for over 10% of all young people eligible for free school meals in England progressing to university and 25% of the total in London. 5 of these 10 are sixth form colleges.
  • Just 5 inner London sixth forms accounted for over 30% of all young people eligible for free school meals in inner London progressing to university. 3 of these 5 are sixth form colleges.
  • A higher proportion of young people eligible for free school meals progressed to university from these sixth forms than across London which itself had a progression rate well above that for England as a whole.
  • These sixth forms are getting students into selective universities at a higher rate than across England as a whole.

Disadvantaged students are still under-represented in Higher Education and the evidence from inner London is that colleges or 16-19 schools have been the most effective at promoting social mobility. Any further drive to increase the progression of these students to university should therefore be based on learning from the good practice in these colleges rather than establishing more new school sixth forms.

Note: The data are drawn from gov.uk “Destinations of key stage 4 and key stage 5 pupils by characteristics: academic year 2010 to 2011. Students are those who entered advanced qualifications drawn from the National Pupil Database and matched to HESA higher education data.

 

About Eddie Playfair

Principal of Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) East London. Blogging about education, politics and culture in a personal capacity. I also tweet at @eddieplayfair
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