University uptake stalls in Haringey

The Government’s Universities Minister and Haringey MP, David Lammy, has been forced to admit that university uptake in Haringey is growing at one of the slowest rates in London.

Official statistics requested in Parliament by the Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey & Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone, reveal that only 10 more 18-year-olds from Haringey started undergraduate courses in 2007 compared to 2005.

Across London the average increase in university uptake was 6.7% between 2005/06 and 2007/08 whereas in Haringey the number only increased by 1.7%

This year Haringey schools received £1,183 less per pupil than neighbouring boroughs. Local Liberal Democrats argue this under-attainment in education is further evidence of the negative impact of continual under funding.

Lynne Featherstone MP comments:

“Across the capital more and more young people are going to university, but not from Haringey.

“Locally the ongoing funding crisis in our schools means teachers have scant resources to offer the extra time and support needed to help boost the chances of our pupils getting into uni.

“The Government cannot ignore the mounting evidence that Haringey desperately needs a fair funding deal for our children so they can reach their full potential.”