An examination of Scottish initiatives to encourage young people from deprived areas to move into work or further education. The goal is to increase the number of people from deprived areas applying to university and college. The Scottish Executive has also introduced schemes to lessen the gap between school and the world of work.

First broadcast:
4 November 2008

Following the clip, teachers may wish to facilitate debate/discussion on the role of education as a means for tackling cycles of poverty in individual cases and in the cases of specific areas or social groups. Students may wish to undertake some independent research into the number of pupils attending university from various schools around Scotland; comparing schools in deprived areas and those in more affluent areas. Students could draw conclusions and present their findings to the class.