Get the facts: Education

1 March 2018

Tuition fees and access to higher education

How have rising tuition fees affected the number of people going to university, and has it put off those from disadvantaged backgrounds?

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Tuition fees and access to higher education
23 February 2018

6% of young first-time students drop out of university after their first year

Mature students are more likely to drop out of full-time degrees than younger students. Disadvantaged students are also more likely to drop out.

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6% of young first-time students drop out of university after their first year
23 February 2018

About 17% of students are forecast to fully pay back their loans

About 83% of graduates will probably see some of their debt written off.

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About 17% of students are forecast to fully pay back their loans
16 February 2018

Spending for adult skills fell by 40% between 2010 and 2015

This funding pays for “further education” such as classroom and workplace learning for people aged 19 and over.

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Spending for adult skills fell by 40% between 2010 and 2015
16 February 2018

Exam stress for school children

Exam stress clearly affects children in the UK, and there’s some evidence from counselling services and school leaders that it’s a growing problem.

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Exam stress for school children
16 February 2018

Nearly 2 million more children are in good or outstanding schools since 2010

The progress is influenced by Ofsted’s changing inspection practices.

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Nearly 2 million more children are in good or outstanding schools since 2010
6 February 2018

Spending on schools in England

Real-terms per pupil funding for schools stayed at roughly the same level from 2010/11 to 2015/16, and fell after that. Since 2017/18 it has flattened out.

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Spending on schools in England
29 January 2018

Are parents paying for free nursery places?

28% of childcare providers responding to a survey said they don’t provide entirely free childcare to parents whose children have places under the 30 hours free childcare scheme. These parents …

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Are parents paying for free nursery places?
8 December 2017

Social mobility and universities

We looked at the proportion of private school pupils going to Oxford and getting top jobs and the proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds going to university.

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Social mobility and universities
1 December 2017

Is social mobility in England still all about the North/South divide?

A report by the Social Mobility Commission says there isn’t a simple north/south divide on social mobility.

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Is social mobility in England still all about the North/South divide?
1 December 2017

Has the number of people starting apprenticeships fallen?

Yes. Apprenticeship starts in May to July this year were 59% lower than in the same period last year.

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Has the number of people starting apprenticeships fallen?
22 November 2017

Childcare costs in England

How much is childcare costing families?

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Childcare costs in England

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