Private pupils classed as deprived for university | Scotland

Teenagers at Scottish private schools are being offered lower entry requirements for university places because they are classed as disadvantaged by the SNP government.

Figures show that dozens of students who started university last year have been counted as underprivileged because of where they live, even though they attended fee-paying schools.

Critics said that it raised questions about how the government judged disadvantage at universities and measured success in reducing inequality.

Under the system, a crude analysis looks only at where a person lives, rather than other factors such as their background, parents’ wealth or which school they went to. Universities are under pressure to reach targets based solely on students’ postcodes and have introduced incentives, such as lower entry requirements and free accommodation, to…