Sat 12 August 2017
The number of secondary school pupils in England and Wales expecting to go on to university has fallen for the second year in a row, a survey has found.
While a high proportion of 11 to 16-year-olds (74%) do plan to study for a degree, this figure is the lowest since 2009, the Sutton Trust survey suggests.
It is down from 77% last year and 79% in 2015, from a high of 81% in 2013.
The government said the reality was that entry rates for 18-year-olds had been rising every year since 2012.
Figures from the university admissions service, Ucas show that 32.5% of 18-year-olds in England and 29.5% in Wales went into higher education last year - the highest recorded entry rate for both countries.