White Working Class Boys

I am a white British male. My family comes from a working class background. I achieved average grades at school and due to student loans and no tuition fees, I was able to attend university. My parents were also the significant factor. I was the first in my generation (and the one before) to attend higher education.What does it mean to be white working class?Low attainment at school accounts for much of the problem of low participation in Higher Education by white working class boys. This report digs beneath the factors and asks what it means to be a white working class boy and how this can make it more difficult to progress to higher education. We find that fears about the value of higher education in the workplace and a lack of knowledge about applications and interviews are key barriers to participation.” (Director of Research at LKMco Dr Sam Baars)‘The under-representation of white working class boys in higher education: the role of widening participation’ has been published and could not be more timely, coming less than a week after the historic decision to bring responsibility for universities and skills into a newly expanded Department for Education. The new Prime Minister Theresa May said in her speech, that “if you’re a white, working-class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university”.Report:The report by education and youth think-and-action tank LKMco, commissioned by King’s College London’s Widening Participation Department, provides new analysis of why so few white working class boys progress to higher education and how this can be addressed.The report can be found here.Uniquely, it brings together the insights of teachers, universities, academics and sector professionals.The report finds that:

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