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NAHT comment on Sutton Trust report on attitudes to university

Responding to the Sutton Trust's report showing that young people are increasingly less likely to believe that university is for them, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said:

"With university becoming a scarily expensive option, many young people are having second thoughts about whether they want to move on to higher education. What is worrying is that this decision may not be based on an individual's true inclination or academic abilities, but on finances and a fear of future debt repayment. That can't be right - all young people should be able to follow the path that most suits them and that will give them the highest chance of success in life. The other worry is whether realistically there are enough high quality and accessible pathways available for vocational training and employment. More and more young people will be wanting decent alternatives to university and the government must ensure they are not let down."

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