Cameron wants diversity in universities? Sort out the school syllabus first

The move away from creative subjects in schools makes a mockery of the prime minister’s plans to get more disadvantaged pupils into higher education

There were shades of the Laura Spence affair in David Cameron’s recent swipes about diversity at the University of Oxford. Back then, Gordon Brown’s intervention in the case of a state school pupil with 5 As rejected by Oxford ushered in a golden era of government policy to widen participation in higher education. No such luck this time. Government policy has started to reverse access to parts of the sector – almost certainly by mistake.

Related: Let’s stop being defensive about the value of arts degrees

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The move away from creative subjects in schools makes a mockery of the prime minister’s plans to get more disadvantaged pupils into higher education

There were shades of the Laura Spence affair in David Cameron’s recent swipes about diversity at the University of Oxford. Back then, Gordon Brown’s intervention in the case of a state school pupil with 5 As rejected by Oxford ushered in a golden era of government policy to widen participation in higher education. No such luck this time. Government policy has started to reverse access to parts of the sector – almost certainly by mistake.

Related: Let’s stop being defensive about the value of arts degrees

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