No less than 97% of them want their children to go on to university, even though most did not have a higher education themselves, researchers at the Institute of Education, University of London, have found.
Today, roughly a third of young people in the UK progress from school to higher education. However, that proportion will be much higher in ten years’ time if the mothers of children born in the first few years of the new century get their way, a survey of almost 14,000 families has shown.
The Millennium Cohort Study, which is tracking the development of children born in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland between 2000 and 2002, found that 96% of mothers with the lowest qualifications want their seven-year-olds to go on to higher education. The figure for those with postgraduate qualifications is only slightly higher (98%).
Attendance at parents’ evenings is also encouragingly high, say Dr Kirstine Hansen and Dr Elizabeth Jones, who analysed the resp