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49% of young people now go on to Higher Education by age 30.

49% of young people now go on to Higher Education by age 30.

Tony Blairs pledge that half of all young people should go on to higher education is within a whisker of becoming true as official figures revealed that 49% of those in England are expected to have entered advanced studies by the age of 30.

The government’s measure of higher education participation has reached its highest level since the introduction of £9,000 tuition fees in 2012, equalling the previous record of 49% since the annual estimates were first produced in 2006.

The figures show that the participation rate rose by 1.4 percentage points last year, thanks to a 10,000 rise in the number of those aged 17-30 going to university for the first time in 2015-16, including full-time and part-time learners.

The participation rate among people entering higher education immediately after leaving school also reached a record level last year, with more than 27% of all 18-year-olds going into higher education and growing at a faster rate than the increase in the population.

 

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