Teaching & Learning
The RGTS is keen to ensure that all our students engage meaningfully with their education so that they are prepared to meet their ambitions to get to university. Ensuring our doors are wide open to able students from all backgrounds really matters to us. The situation nationally is getting better: for example, in 2013 students eligible for free school meals (FSM) were 39% more likely to win places at leading universities than they were in 2011. The proportion of students from state schools and colleges increased from 68.3% to 75% between 1997 and 2013. But there is still much work to be done and we are far from complacent. It is important that the RGTS community – teachers, parents/carers and students understand the barriers to success so that we all work hard to overcome them. We have six University partners working with us to ensure that we are equipped to fulfil the ambitions of everyone.
The report ‘Opening Doors’ commissioned by Russell Group Universities gives insights into the barriers based on research. It is well worth reading here.