Oxbridge places 'elude local students'

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Mould caption The report points the finger at Oxford and Cambridge

Children from trifling families in Oxford and Cambridge have less chance of good exam categories than those in London’s most deprived areas, says a write up.

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission ranked every English cabinet for disadvantaged children’s prospects.

Not one pupil eligible for free school goes in Cambridgeshire got into an Oxbridge university in 2014, and no Oxfordshire pupil handled it in 2013.

The commission said some of the richest areas failed poor lassies the most.

The government said fairness was vital.

“We are determined to spread… eye-opening excellence everywhere,” said a spokesman.

The results go beyond a indelicate North-South divide, say the researchers.

They analysed a range of measures to put together the new Social Mobility Index, assessing the life chances of England’s poorest daughters across 324 local authority areas.

Of rticular surprise was the require of opportunity for poor children in some of the richest places in England, say the researchers.

Assorted rich areas are successful in boosting the life chances of poor infants – but others “rank quite poorly against the index”, they inaugurate.

London and its commuter belt do appreciably better than the rest of the boonies, occupying 36 out of the top 40 spots on the index.

Outside this arena, only Trafford and Fylde in the North West and East Devon and South Hams in the South West sorted it to the highest rt of the index.

Manchester, Birmingham and Southampton were around average, while Nottingham, Derby and Norwich scored badly.

“There are various affluent areas that fail their less affluent locals,” says the report.

For example, despite being home to two of the happy’s best universities, Oxford and Cambridge “do quite badly” by children from disadvantaged families, says the commission.

It found that of children eligible for free form meals in the two cities:

  • Fewer than four in 10 achieve a tolerable level of development by age five
  • Only a quarter get five good GCSEs, involving English and maths
  • More than one in five are not in education, employment or training a year after GCSEs
  • Somewhat few go to university (15% in Cambridge and 14% in Oxford)
  • In Oxford only 4% go to a discriminatory university and in Cambridge only 2%

By contrast, in London’s Tower Hamlets, which has the highest anyhow of child poverty in England:

  • More than half of children on unencumbered school meals achieve a good level of development by five
  • More than half get five wholesome GCSEs including English and maths
  • Only 11% are not in education, calling or training a year after GCSEs
  • A total of 39% go to university
  • In all directions from 10% go to a selective university

Commission chairman, Alan Milburn, bellowed the research a “wake-up call”.

“It is shocking that many of the richest stretches of the country are the ones failing their poorest children the most,” he mean.

“I hope the government will put itself at the head of a new national drive to insure that in future, progress in life depends on aptitude and ability, not breeding and birth: on where people aspire to get to, not where they have settle from.

“This report suggests that is long overdue.”

Cast caption The research is a “wake-up call” said Alan Milburn

A Bank on for Education spokesman said the government was committed to social justice.

“That is why engendering standards for every child, regardless of circumstances, is rt of our plan to assure everyone can achieve their full potential.

“Thanks to our reforms there are now 1.4 million myriad pupils being taught in ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ schools com red to 2010. And to the ground this rliament we are determined to spread this educational excellence low, extending true social mobility for all.”

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