Universities should target seven-year-olds, says OFFA

The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) is asking English universities and colleges

to consider how they will work to raise aspirations and attainment among

children from as young as seven. OFFA was set up to promote and safeguard fair access to higher education for lower income and other under-represented groups following the introduction of higher tuition fees in 2006-07. All English universities and colleges that want to charge more than basic tuition fees in the academic year 2014-15 need to submit an access agreement to OFFA that includes plans for long-term outreach activity, including how universities and colleges will work with children from as early as Key Stage 2 onwards, and with adults who have the potential to be mature students. Such activity might include campus visits that give a taste

of university life, or activities that build enthusiasm for a subject.

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