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Realising Opportunities

most able students, least likely to progress to

higher education (HE) have participated in Realising

Opportunities (RO) from across England since 2009

over

4000

of RO students

have parents with

no experience of

HE

92

%

of RO students tracked

through HEAT

1

achieved

a 1st or 2:1 degree

compared to 66% of all

students nationally. No

RO students tracked

received a 3rd

83

%

RO students have

achieved at least

or equivalent at GCSE,

including at least 5 at

grade B or higher

8 A

*

-C

of RO students tracked

through HEAT from

POLAR quintiles 1 and

2 achieved a 1st or

2:1 degree compared

to 61% of all students

nationally

82

%

The participation of RO

students in HE (measured

as Young Participation Rate

- YPR) compares favourably

to the national average

for 2011/12. The national

average includes students

from the most advantaged

backgrounds

Realising Opportunities YPR

Realising Opportunities

POLAR quintiles 1 and 2

2

YPR

National YPR

National POLAR quintiles

1 and 2 YPR

39

%

40

%

38

%

25

%

Impact Report published December 2016. All information correct as of December 2016.

DATA NOTE:

Please note, statistics in this report cover cohorts 1 – 7. Cohort 7 are in Year 13 in 2016/17. Cohort 6 were in Year 13 in 2015/2016 and were first eligible to progress to higher education in 2016. Unless

otherwise stated, statistics are from internal RO Partnership records and analysis of Partnership data. The Partnership is grateful to our colleagues at the Higher Education Application Tracker (HEAT),

Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), National Foundation for Education Research (NFER), the Institute for Effective Education (IEE), the Department of Education at the University of

York, Critical Thinking, Institute for Employment Studies (IES) and Brightside for their work on the evaluation of Realising Opportunities.

1 Higher Education Applicant Tracker (HEAT).

2 The POLAR classification looks at how likely young people are to participate in HE across the UK and shows how this varies. Students from quintiles 1 and 2 are the least likely to participate in HE.

3 UCAS, October 2015.

UCAS analysis has shown that RO students are more likely to enter

research intensive universities than a comparator group of students at

similar schools and with similar backgrounds

3