Civil Service Scheme Taking On More Privately Educated People Despite Drop In Privileged Applicants
Privately-educated pupils are increasingly more likely to be accepted on to a prestigious Civil Service scheme than comprehensive students, Government figures have revealed.
Statistics released by the Cabinet Office show the numbers from a fee-paying background recruited to the Civil Service Fast Stream has increased since 2013 – despite the number of privately-educated applicants falling.
In the 2016 intake, 28.6% of those who made it on to the scheme went to a private school – despite just 6.7% of all pupils receiving a paid education.
In 2013, the successful applicants figure was 23.5%.
While the numbers of those with a private education taken on increased, the proportion of those who applied from a fee-paying background actually fell, from 20.5% in 2013 to 18.9% in 2016.
The figures came to light after a written question by Labour MP Dan Jarvis.