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The variety of secondary faculty pupils in England and Wales anticipating to go on to college has fallen for the second yr in a row, a survey has discovered.

Whereas a excessive proportion of 11 to 16-year-olds (74%) do plan to check for a level, this determine is the bottom since 2009, the Sutton Belief survey suggests.

It’s down from 77% final yr and 79% in 2015, from a excessive of 81% in 2013.

The federal government stated the fact was that entry charges for 18-year-olds had been rising yearly since 2012.

Figures from the college admissions service, Ucas present that 32.5% of 18-year-olds in England and 29.5% in Wales went into larger schooling final yr – the very best recorded entry fee for each international locations.

‘Didn’t like the thought’

The Sutton Belief stated its findings had been an vital indicator of pupils’ plans earlier than they took their GCSEs.

The annual ballot, which this yr quizzed 2,612 kids in Years 7 to 11 throughout the 2 international locations, discovered:

  • one in seven (14%) stated they had been unlikely to go on to larger schooling, in contrast with 11% final yr and eight% in 2012
  • of those, seven in 10 stated they didn’t like the thought of going to college or didn’t get pleasure from learning
  • almost two-thirds (64%) of these unlikely to go cited monetary points, reminiscent of wanting to start out incomes as quickly as attainable and concern over debt
  • greater than two in 5 (44%) thought they weren’t intelligent sufficient, or wouldn’t get ok outcomes
  • an identical proportion (42%) didn’t assume they would want a level for the roles they wished to do

Of those that stated they had been prone to research for a level, round half (51%) stated they had been anxious about the price of larger schooling – up from 47% final yr.

The most important cash concern was tuition charges, adopted by having to repay scholar loans for as much as 30 years and the price of residing as a scholar.

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Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Belief, stated: “It’s no shock that there was a fall within the proportion of younger individuals hoping to enter larger schooling.

“With money owed as much as £57,000 for poorer graduates and hovering scholar mortgage rates of interest, the system is badly in want of reform.

“This reform ought to embrace means-testing tuition charges and restoring upkeep grants so poorer college students face decrease charges and decrease debt on commencement.”

‘Stark gaps’ between teams

The Sutton Belief survey information is printed because the director of the Workplace for Truthful Entry, Prof Les Ebdon, says there must be a lot better progress on bettering entry to larger schooling for individuals from under-represented teams in England.

Prof Ebdon stated: “Though a lot has been achieved, our larger schooling system doesn’t but supply true equality of alternative – there are nonetheless stark gaps between completely different teams.

“Additional, sooner change is crucial. Something much less will fail our college students, our financial system and our society.”

Universities Minister Jo Johnson stated the federal government’s scholar finance system ensured that prices of upper schooling had been break up pretty between graduates and the taxpayer.

“Nevertheless, there’s nonetheless extra to do to make sure that college students get worth for cash. That’s the reason now we have created a brand new regulator, the Workplace for College students, that can maintain universities to account for instructing high quality and scholar outcomes via the Instructing Excellence Framework.

“We additionally need technical schooling to face side-by-side with conventional tutorial routes. We’re reforming and investing in apprenticeships and technical to permit individuals to decide on a route that’s proper for them.”