The simple truth is fees are not the driving force that limit access for young people. Instead all of our energy should be focused on ensuring pupils receive a decent education in schools that raise aspiration and opens doors for their future.
That means we need more good schools. Instead of tinkering with fees and loans the Government should require universities to play a full part in supporting the establishment of new free schools, using their expertise and resource to raise ambition and enable improvements in teaching, particularly in the most disadvantaged areas. We have seen where universities are involved, free schools have excelled.
This long delayed report is a missed opportunity to think about how we enable all children, whether they want to go to university or not, to reach their potential.