Wednesday 29 January 2020 / 3:56 PM Angela Rayner / Education

Elitist private schools oppose plans to widen access to universities unacceptable – Angela Rayner

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, responding to the news that private schools have criticised plans for selective universities taking on more poorer students, said:

“It is simply unacceptable for the most expensive and elitist private schools to oppose plans to widen access to our universities. Access to education is a right for all, not a privilege to be purchased, and our higher education system must reflect that.

“Radical reform is needed to make higher education genuinely accessible to all students, regardless of their background.

“The government should take this action urgently, including the use of contextual, post-qualification admissions, and the reintroduction of maintenance grants.”