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    Interesting article in the press yesterday that middle-class families are being priced out of private education. Does that explain why the "state" percentage is creeping up?
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    (Original post by Pars12)
    Interesting article in the press yesterday that middle-class families are being priced out of private education. Does that explain why the "state" percentage is creeping up?
    We've found that the number of applications from independents has flat-lined whereas the number of UK applications from other schools has grown. There is no single cause but contributory factors are the efforts the colleges have made to conduct regional schools outreach and a rise in KS5 attainment in particular areas, notably Greater London schools. Admissions tests, contextual information, interview training, and the ease with which advice/guidance can be accessed electronically (including TSR!) are also worth mentioning.

    So in short, UK applications have risen driven primarily by state schools, the overall success rate has therefore fallen slightly (because the number of places available has stayed the same), but the odds a state school candidate will be successful has not fallen relative to independents and has probably improved a bit.
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    (Original post by BrasenoseAdm)
    We've found that the number of applications from independents has flat-lined whereas the number of UK applications from other schools has grown. There is no single cause but contributory factors are the efforts the colleges have made to conduct regional schools outreach and a rise in KS5 attainment in particular areas, notably Greater London schools. Admissions tests, contextual information, interview training, and the ease with which advice/guidance can be accessed electronically (including TSR!) are also worth mentioning.

    So in short, UK applications have risen driven primarily by state schools, the overall success rate has therefore fallen slightly (because the number of places available has stayed the same), but the odds a state school candidate will be successful has not fallen relative to independents and has probably improved a bit.
    Assuming that middle class families provide the bulk of Oxford students you would expect a change in middle class demographics to have a geared impact on admissions. If the middle classes are transferring back to the state sector this will improve both attainment and expectations in the sector. The result would be more applications and more offers.

    But yes, I agree with you there must be other factors. It’s also conceivable that the press has simply got its facts wrong. But if it hasn’t I would definitely expect an impact.
 
 
 
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