Barking and Dagenham records London’s fastest rise for higher education participation
PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 December 2018
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Barking and Dagenham experienced London’s largest rise in young people taking part in higher education over the last decade.
There was a 65 per cent boost in young residents continuing their education between the 2007/8 and 2017/18 academic years, according to a report by London Councils.
Ealing, the closest London borough to Barking and Dagenham, followed with a rise of 29pc.
The largest rise in participation was in students attending sixth form colleges, which increased by 135pc.
The council credited the Aimhigher programme for playing a role in this increase. The scheme, unique to the borough, helps schools organise events for young people interested in furthering their learning.
Cllr Evelyn Carpenter, the council’s education spokeswoman, said: “This is very good news and shows that all of the hard work that has been done by the council, schools, students and parents has paid off.”