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.
Students could discuss the role of education as a means for social change. Students could research university attendance figures over a number of decades and identify ways that it may have changed. Are the figures indicative of wider changes in society and of changing social aspirations?