Subject choice in Scottish schools “discriminates” against poorer pupils

Denholm, A., featuring Iannelli, C. (2015) Herald Scotland, 4 November 2015. [SLS]

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PUPILS from Scotland's poorest backgrounds are being excluded from university because of subject choices at school, new research shows.

Academics found pupils from deprived backgrounds were more likely to drop key academic subjects which prevented them from applying to the most prestigious universities.

In contrast, figures from Ireland - where some subjects are compulsory - showed attempts to widen access to higher education were progressing more quickly than in Scotland.

Researchers went on to warn that the impact of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), which has seen some schools reduce subjects, could exacerbate the problem...

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