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Education department announces access and participation shake-up

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Higher education minister promises “tough targets” on dropout rates and course provision

Universities in England will be required to “drive up standards in local schools and colleges” in order to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children under plans announced by the Department for Education.

On 24 November, the department said it was setting “tough, ambitious targets” for higher education institutions. These will urge universities to tackle dropout rates and increase the proportion of students who study degree apprenticeships, higher technical qualifications and part-time courses.

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