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Aimhigher summer schools: Participants and progression to higher education

Higher Education Funding Council for England
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Circular HEFCE 2010 December 2010/32 Issues paper This analysis develops understanding of those who participate in Aimhigher-funded summer schools, to indicate: how well the programme has been targeted at the people for whom it is intended; and whether it has widened participation in higher education (HE) among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and groups that are under-represented in HE. This report is for information only Aimhigher summer schools Participants and progression to higher education 1 Foreword Summer schools are an important part of the Aimhigher offer and are often perceived to be one of the most significant outreach activities undertaken. We have heard from Aimhigher practitioners, teachers and young people themselves that summer schools have had an impact on learner progression and attainment. The analysis in this report helps build evidence for this impact. By innovatively linking the data collected with both the National Pupil Database and UCAS applications data, we can, for the first time, see summer school participants’ attainment outcomes and patterns of progression into higher education. Our original analysis of the summer school data, published last year (‘Aimhigher summer schools: Analysis of provision and participation 2004 to 2008’, HEFCE 2009/11) demonstrated that Aimhigher partnerships had become increasingly successful at targeting their summer school activity at young learners from groups under-represented in higher education. This report extends that earlier analysis by introducing previously unconsidered measures of disadvantage, and confirms that the targeting has been effective. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly those with the potential to benefit from higher education, are substantially more likely to participate in a summer school than those from more adv

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