“Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are 2.5 times less likely to enter higher education than those from the most advantaged backgrounds. This ratio jumps at highly selective universities – with the most disadvantaged 6.8 times less likely to enter these institutions. It is crucial that closing these gaps remains a priority.” Professor Les Ebdon, Director, Office of Fair Access, August 2015
“It’s a social scandal that all too often demography is still destiny in Britain.” Rt. Hon. Alan Milburn, Chair, Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, June 2015
These are just two examples demonstrating that in the 21st century the futures of our young people are still influenced by their family background and not by their ability.
We developed the Scholars Programme to tackle the problem of substantial underachievement by many able young people from less advantaged backgrounds. By addressing the problem head on our Scholars Programme is making a real difference to social mobility in the UK.
Benefiting from our long-standing experience and expertise we set out to address all the obstacles that prevent success. By success we mean achieving the confidence, key skills and examination results needed to gain access to a top university, to thrive once there and to embark on a successful career.
Over the last six years our two initial programmes have been enormously successful and we are delighted that we now have partners on board for an additional five programmes.