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Lib Dem MP calls for university scholarships in schools

Lib Dem MP calls for university scholarships in schools

Schools in England should have scholarships for UK university entry available to the poorest students, a Liberal Democrat MP has said.

Deputy leader of the party Simon Hughes told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that such a move would encourage children more than the current system where the schemes are linked to higher education institutions.

It is one of 30 recommendations made in a report focusing on how poorer school pupils can be helped when it comes to UK university entry.

He said that implementing such a measure would help battle the present situation where some schools do not send any of their students into higher education.

Other suggestions made in Mr Hughes' report include offering teenagers better guidance and beginning careers advice in primary schools.

According to recent data from Ucas, the number of people looking to secure UK university entry this year has risen by 1.4 per cent compared with 2010.

Posted by Keith Broomer

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