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Poorer students have 'more disadvantages' when it comes to securing graduate opportunities

Published: Friday, 18 March 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

The link between poverty and poor educational achievement is clear and more money should be put into helping disadvantaged students secure the top graduate vacancies, according to the National Association for Primary Education (Nape).

John Coe, chairman of the campaigning charity, said students from poorer backgrounds have more obstacles between them and graduate opportunities.

"Poorer students … need rather more financial support and provision from teachers and others, who can help them and their families," he said.

Mr Coe also said that he cautiously welcomed the government's new system of allocating money to schools.

"We want to see how it works out," he said. "But on the other hand, we do not welcome the overall cuts in the education budget, although we recognise that conditions are extremely difficult."

A story published in the Guardian said that the Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes is pushing the Treasury to adopt a multimillion-pound package to support 16- to 19-year-olds staying on at school and college.

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