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Turing Scheme

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL1734, tabled on 13 July 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to simplifying the application forms for the Turing Scheme.

Answered on

16 August 2022

The success rate of schools applying to participate in the Turing Scheme over the two years the scheme has operated are:

  • 2021/22 academic year: 131 schools applied, 114 were successful, 87% success rate, which equated to 5,139 individual student placements.
  • 2022/23 academic year: 157 schools applied, 70 were successful, 45% success rate, which equated to 4,721 individual student placements.

All applications were independently assessed by sector experts, who ensured all successful projects met the quality standards required. 70 applications failed on the levelling up criterion. Others had less well-developed projects. This could be due to some of those applicants having less experience in designing projects of this type and securing applying for funding for them. 67% of applicants for the 2022/23 academic year were new applicants, and 71% of applicants that failed were new applicants.

The Turing Scheme has a strong focus on supporting levelling up by providing opportunities for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. In the 2021/22 academic year, 48% of 41,000 approved placements for all sectors, which includes schools, further education/vocational education and training (FE/VET), and higher education (HE) were for participants from disadvantaged backgrounds. 52% of 38,000 approved placements for all sectors in the 2022/23 academic year are for participants from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Turing Scheme uses a range of measures based on sector standards across the UK to define what we mean by participants from disadvantaged backgrounds. These are listed in full on the Turing Scheme website and can be found here: https://www.turing-scheme.org.uk/about/widening-access/.

The tables below show the percentage of placements allocated for participants from disadvantaged backgrounds, by sector, for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 academic years.

Table 1: Placements by sector for the 2021/22 academic year

Sector

HE

FE/VET

Schools

Totals

Total no. of participants

28,997

6,888

5,139

41,024

No. of participants from disadvantaged backgrounds

13,817

3,843

2,053

19,713

% of participants from disadvantaged backgrounds

47.6%

55.8%

39.9%

48.1%

Table 2: Placements by sector for the 2022/23 academic year

Sector

HE

FE/VET

Schools

Totals

Total no. of participants

23,986

9,605

4,721

38,312

No. of participants from disadvantaged backgrounds

12,356

5,554

2,022

19,932

% of participants from disadvantaged backgrounds

52%

58%

43%

52%

A full breakdown is provided on the Turing Scheme website.

The application form for the Turing Scheme is framed around the main objectives of the scheme, requiring applicants to set out how their planned projects will support priorities, including Global Britain and levelling up. This year’s application form entailed fewer questions than last year’s, in response to feedback from applicants.

The department will keep engaging with stakeholders so that we can continue to develop the scheme in subsequent years, to ensure it delivers on its objectives, supports students to make the most of their international experiences, and is aligned with government priorities. This will include the application experience.