London’s engines of mobility

If we use the proportion of students eligible for free school meals (FSM) progressing to university as a measure of social mobility, it’s clear that the ‘London effect’ is very marked.

London’s FSM progression rate in 2012 was 58% compared to the national rate of 45% and it was the only English region with above average FSM university progression.

5,449 of the FSM students who progressed to university in 2012 are from London, this is 38% of England’s total.

30 of the 32 London boroughs have FSM progression rates above the national average. 20 of them are in the top 25 nationally for FSM progression.

Within this London effect, the college sector is playing a substantial role, accounting for all the top 10 providers in the city. Half of Inner London’s FSM university progressors come from the area’s 17 colleges with the other half coming from over 200 school sixth forms.

Sixth form % FSM students to HE FSM students to HE
Newham sixth form college (NewVIc) 63% 265
City & Islington college 60% 246
Leyton sixth form college 64% 179
Sir George Monoux sixth form college 60% 156
Richmond upon Thames college 57% 114
Westminster Kingsway college 61% 104
St. Francis Xavier sixth form college 74% 104
Tower Hamlets college 57% 97
Christ the King sixth form college 64% 96
Ealing, Hammersmith & W. London college 52% 94
London 58% 5,449
England 45% 14,252


See also:

England’s engines of mobility (October 2015)

NewVIc breaks all its university progression records (September 2015)

Russell group numbers soar in Newham (August 2015)

From Free School Meals to university (April 2015)

About Eddie Playfair

I am a Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC) having previously been a college principal for 16 years and a teacher before that. I live in East London and I blog in a personal capacity about education and culture. I also tweet at @eddieplayfair
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