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Key stage four and key stage five destination data

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Destinations of key stage four and key stage five students (England) for 2016/2017

New data for 2016/17 on key stage four and key stage five students going into apprenticeship, education and employment destinations.

Key findings

Post key stage four:

  • Overall, 94% of pupils were in sustained education, employment or training in the year after key stage four, which is unchanged from 2015/16. 
    • The majority of pupils continued into a school sixth form (39%) or went into further education (34%); 5% of pupils went into a sustained apprenticeship destination. 
  • Disadvantaged pupils (those eligible for pupil premium funding) were less likely to have a sustained education, employment or training destination than all other pupils. 88% of disadvantaged pupils were recorded in a sustained destination, compared with 96% for all other pupils. Percentages for both groups remain unchanged since 2015/16. 
  • Pupils with special education needs were less likely to have any sustained destination than those with no identified SEN. Out of SEN pupils, in all state-funded schools, 89% went to education, employment or apprenticeships compared to 95% of those with no identified SEN.
  • 97% of those achieving grades A*-C in English and maths GCSEs in 2015/16 had a sustained education, employment or apprenticeship destination the following year (2016/17) compared with 89% of those who did not.

Post key stage five:

  • Overall, 89% of students were in sustained education, employment or apprenticeship destinations after key stage five, a one percentage point decrease from 2015/16. 
  • Overall, 85% of disadvantaged students were in any sustained education, employment or apprenticeship destination after key stage five, five percentage points lower than all other students (90%) and a one percentage point decrease compared to 2015/16.
  • Disadvantaged students (46%) are less likely to progress into sustained higher education compared to all other students (51%). 

 

About the data

  • There has been a change in the way that apprenticeships are reported. Apprenticeships are now required to have a six-month sustained period that can occur at any time during the destination year (reflecting variable start dates for apprenticeship placements) and are recorded as a primary destination (no longer double counting with other reporting lines). 
  • The cohort reported is for 2015/16 when they would have taken GCSEs using the A*-G grading scale which, since 2017, has been replaced by the 9-1 scale.

    The full release can be found here

 

First published 25 January 2019