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University personal statements 'further disadvantage' poor

The university application process in the UK "further disadvantages" low- and middle-income pupils, a report by an educational charity says.

The Sutton Trust says pupils from independent schools are more likely to shine in their "personal statements".

It says their applications are generally better written and list more prestigious, relevant activities than those of state-school pupils.

Many schools, private and state, offer pupils help with their statements.

Reeta Chakrabarti reports.

  • 07 Dec 2012