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Scottish government publishes on March 14, its final report ‘A Blueprint for Fairness’ issued by the Commission on Widening Access. Setting out to achieve the goal of equal access for those from deprived backgrounds, 34 recommendations are proposed that tackle barriers embedded in students’ backgrounds, obstructing opportunities for accessing and pursuing university education.
Key recommendations from the Commission on Widening access include:
Education Secretary Angela Constance contended that the recommendations “fit well with ongoing work around closing the attainment gap and developing the young workforce”, and announced that “that the Scottish Government will immediately accept the Commission’s recommended targets”, where successful achievement was strongly bound to a sharing of responsibility through collaborative working.
The report’s action plan embraces a systemic approach for equitable access within a generation, recognizing selective forms of higher education as tied to students social mobility and select entry into elite positions, also proposing the use of more regulatory powers as well as increased reporting on fairness data, leaving little doubt “that this Government is determined to make urgent progress on achieving our ambition of equal access”.Scottish Government- Press release