At half of England’s universities, fewer than 5% of students are classified as being from disadvantaged white backgrounds, according to a new report from the National Education Opportunities Network (Neon). This fact is bluntly stated as being a problem in the introduction of the report rather than the conclusion, but it is worth looking beyond these headline figures. What do reports like this really tell us?
Actually, the number tells us nothing at all without one more such number. What’s the portion of the age cohort that is disadvantaged white?
Guess what’s the one number we’re not told?