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Tuesday, March 30, 1999 Published at 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK


State school pupils 'get better degrees'

State school pupils are more likely to get firsts

Pupils from independent schools are less likely to get good university degrees than those who have had a state education, according to a report.

Dr Robin Naylor discusses the surprise findings
It suggests that first class honours degrees are more likely to go those who did not attend fee-paying schools.

One of the authors of the report, which is published by the Royal Economic Society, admitted that he was surprised by the findings.

"It's well known that independent schools are very successful at boosting the A level performance of their pupils," Dr Robin Naylor of Warwick University told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"We imagined that this kind of effect might well go on to explain better performance at university, so it was very surprising that we had this negative effect."

Further research on the reasons behind this trend was needed before any conclusions could be reached, said Dr Naylor.

The report is based on data covering the entire UK student population who graduated from university in 1993.

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