Pupil Destinations from Schools in Wales 2018



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 53,629 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 49.3% of the total cohort (26,427) and Females 50.7% (27,184). 18 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 2018.

In order to reduce the number of non-respondents to as low a number as possible, Careers Wales relies on partner institutions sharing student enrolment and destination information. This year with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), it was not possible to agree data-sharing agreements with all FE institutions across the country in time for completion of the survey. This has led to significant time delays in the completion of the survey this year. This, allied to the fact that Careers Wales no longer conducts an intensive search for those not responding to the survey, has meant that the number of non-respondents this year is much higher than in previous years. As 2018 destination data is not comparable with previous years, there are no figures comparing 2018 destination data with previous years and no narrative commentary related to trend data. If any comparisons were to be made, they would be likely to draw inaccurate conclusions.

Please note:

  • 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