The annual survey of school leavers undertaken by Careers Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government provides a useful snapshot of pupil destinations which informs careers staff in their work with clients, parents, teachers and employers. The data collected also proves an invaluable aid to partners and colleagues involved in planning learning, training and employment opportunities.
This survey is compiled from data supplied by Careers Wales and looks at the education, employment and training progression routes chosen by young people. Further analysis is provided by pupils’ ethnicity and gender (where this information is available).
The survey reports the destinations of 56,404 pupils from secondary schools across Wales. It includes pupils who have reached statutory leaving age, Year 11, and pupils leaving school in Years 12 and 13. Pupils from special schools are included in the survey; those attending FE colleges and independent schools are not. Males account for 49.4% of the total cohort (27,880) and Females 50.6% (28,513). (11) pupils identified themselves in the ‘Other’ category for gender. The destination information is recorded as a result of the pupil’s known activity on 31st October 2017
- Percentages have been rounded and therefore may not always total 100%
- National figures may mask variances at regional, local authority and institution level across all cohorts. Reports providing pupil destinations by local authority area are provided to support analysis at local level
- Graphics may not be to exact scale and are for visual representation only
- Comparative figures for 2017 and previous years are either quoted as percentage point differences, in absolute numbers, or both
A Note on Trend Data
The survey tracks Destinations data over a six year period, from 2012 to 2017. In 2016 Careers Wales implemented a new methodology for the collection of Destinations data, by providing partners within the education and work-based learning sectors with an early release of draft data for them to compare with their own records.
These partners were also asked if they were able to supply information on those who were not responding to the survey. Careers Wales no longer conduct an intensive search for those not responding to the survey, as we had done in previous years.
2016 saw an increase in the proportion of Destinations clients classified as ‘No response to survey’ compared to the 2015 survey for each cohort. 2017 has seen an improvement for each cohort compared to 2016 (by 0.3 percentage points for Year 11, (0.1) percentage point for Year 12 and 0.7 percentage points for Year 13). (Year 11 is now 0.5, the same as the 2015 figure).
Year on year changes and trends over the six year period should therefore be viewed in the context of these increases. However, it should also be noted that all figures are shown as a proportion of the total cohort, including those not responding to the survey. The figures presented for each category (except the ‘No response to survey’ category) are therefore the minimum possible proportions of the cohort and each could only increase if the Destinations of more of the non-responders were known.
The collection of data in close co-operation with partners in the education and work-based learning sectors and our work supporting those who are known to be ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’ (NEET) means that those members of the Destinations cohort most likely to be non-responders are those from the ‘Employed – other’, and ‘Left the area’ categories. It is the proportion of those categories that would be most likely to increase if the Destinations of more of the non-responders were known, rather than the education, work-based learning or NEET categories.