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The variety of secondary faculty pupils in England and Wales anticipating to go on to school 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 review 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 mentioned the truth 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 nations.

‘Didn’t like the concept’

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

The annual ballot, which this yr quizzed 2,612 youngsters in Years 7 to 11 throughout the 2 nations, discovered:

  • one in seven (14%) mentioned 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 mentioned they didn’t like the concept of going to school or didn’t take pleasure in learning
  • almost two-thirds (64%) of these unlikely to go cited monetary points, reminiscent of wanting to begin incomes as quickly as doable and concern over debt
  • greater than two in 5 (44%) thought they weren’t intelligent sufficient, or wouldn’t get adequate outcomes
  • an identical proportion (42%) didn’t assume they would wish a level for the roles they wished to do

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

The largest cash concern was tuition charges, adopted by having to repay pupil loans for as much as 30 years and the price of dwelling as a pupil.

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Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Belief, mentioned: “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 pupil 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 knowledge is printed because the director of the Workplace for Honest Entry, Prof Les Ebdon, says there must be a lot better progress on enhancing entry to larger schooling for individuals from under-represented teams in England.

Prof Ebdon mentioned: “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 economic system and our society.”

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

“Nonetheless, there’s nonetheless extra to do to make sure that college students get worth for cash. That’s the reason we’ve created a brand new regulator, the Workplace for College students, that can maintain universities to account for educating high quality and pupil outcomes by means of 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.”