Consultation outcome

Higher education statistics: children from disadvantaged backgrounds

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

The statistics will be changed to include:

  • greater clarity that the free school meals (FSM) and school type/selective university measures aim to contribute to the understanding of widening participation issues as part of a range of measures
  • a detailed explanation of measures, including their limitations
  • a table available in Excel format with time series of the FSM measure by local authority

Original consultation


We’re asking for views on statistics that measure the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

We are monitoring the educational achievement of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds so we can find out how we can narrow the gap in achievement between disadvantaged youngsters and their peers.

We want to know if the Full-time young participation by socio-economic class (FYPSEC) statistics is the best method for measuring widening participation. It looks at whether a better alternative exists, such as the free school meals (FSM) measure. We also welcome any general comments about the scope and layout of the publication.


Published 8 June 2011