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Post-16 destinations data highlights gap

A wide gap in post-16 destinations persists between students who attend alternative provision and those who attend state-funded mainstream schools, statistics released by the Department for Education show.

Only 54 per cent of students who attended alternative provision went on to sustained education, training or employment after key stage four compared with 92 per cent from state-funded mainstream school (a gap slightly less than half). 

But, over the past three years, the figure for students from alternative provision has increased by four percentage points (rising from 50 per cent in 2011/12). This is a slightly faster improvement rate than those in sustained destinations for all students, which increased by three percentage points (climbing from 89 per cent in 2011/12).

Students who attended special schools saw a much smaller gap between their peers in mainstream schools, with 87 per cent going onto sustained education, employment or training destinations in 2013/14. 

Notably, across all school types, those with low-level special educational needs support (ie those on school action/school action plus) were less likely to go on to a sustained destination than those with a statement of special educational needs. Ninety per cent of students with a statement went on to a sustained destination last year compared with only 85 per cent of students on school action/school action plus.

The report also contains information on destinations following key stage five. It found a significant gap remains between students eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers. Students eligible for FSM were half as likely to go to a top third higher education institution compared with all other students (nine per cent compared with 18 per cent). 

For further information on the findings, visit gov.uk.

Page Published: 11/11/2015