28.9% of 18 year olds in the North East entered higher education in 2016 – the second lowest of the English regions after the South West.
This compares to 32.5% of all English 18 year olds.
London had the highest entry rate at 39.9%, meaning that young people in London were 38% more likely to enter higher education than those in the North East.
The North East’s entry rate had a proportional increase of 3.96% compared to 2015 – the fourth largest of the English regions and higher than the national increase.
The North East parliamentary constituency with the highest entry rate was Hexham (40.0%), whilst the lowest was Washington & Sunderland West (22.6%), closely followed by Gateshead (22.7%).
Of the 29 parliamentary constituencies in the North East only five had entry rates higher than the national (English) entry rate; Hexham, Stockton South (35.4%), Newcastle North (34.9%), Tynemouth (34.4%) and City of Durham (33.3%).