The number of students who received free school meals progressing into higher education is on the rise, according to a new estimate. The benefit is often used as an indicator of deprivation.
In 2005-06, just 13 per cent of students from state schools who received free school meals at the age of 15 entered higher education by the age of 19. But by 2012-13 this had risen to 23 per cent, says the report by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Over the same period the progression rate for state-school pupils who did not receive free school meals increased by 7 percentage points, according to the report, Widening Participation in Higher Education, published in July.