Key Findings


Young People who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)

2.7%
of Years 11, 12 and 13 were in this category
Year 11 2.8% Year 12 1.6% Year 13 3.8%

  • In 2015, there has been an overall reduction in the percentage and number of young people known to be NEET, in comparison to 2014, for the total Year 11, 12 and 13 cohorts. The proportion of young people in the NEET category has dropped by 0.4 percentage points (3.1 % in 2014 to 2.7% in 2015) and by 338 individuals (1,994 in 2014 to 1,656 in 2015)
  • There has been a reduction in young people known to be NEET across all years in comparison to 2014. There was a reduction of 0.3 percentage points for both Year 11 and 12, but the largest decrease was in Year 13 (1.1 percentage points)


‘Year 13 cohort continued to have a higher percentage of NEETs (3.8% - 490 individuals) compared to the Year 11 (2.8% - 911 individuals) and Year 12 cohorts (1.6% - 255 individuals)’
  • Over the five years from 2011 to 2015, there has been a significant reduction in the proportion and number of the total school leavers (those from Years 11, 12 and 13) known to be NEET. The proportion of young people in the NEET category dropped by 0.4 percentage points over the period (3.1% in 2011 to 2.7% in 2015)
  • The percentage of Year 11 clients unable to enter Employment, Education or Training (EET) due to illness or pregnancy rose 0.1 percentage points to 0.7%. In the same category, the percentage of Year 12 clients remained static at 0.3% and the percentage of Year 13 clients fell 0.3 percentage points to 0.9%
  • The percentage of NEET Year 11 females who are unable to enter EET remains significantly greater than for NEET males (34.3% female and 21.8% male respectively). The same is true for NEET Year 12 pupils (31% females and 10.1% males). For NEET Year 13 pupils the situation between the genders is more even (24% females and 22.3% males)

Continuing in Education

87.3%
of Years 11, 12 and 13 were in this category
Year 11 87.9% Year 12 92.2% Year 13 79.6%
  • Continuing in full time education continues overwhelmingly to be the most popular choice of destination for pupils in each of the three Year groups
  • Once again this year there has been an increase in the proportion of pupils choosing to enter full time education in comparison to 2014:

    Year 11: 0.4 percentage point increase (87.5% to 87.9%)

    Year 12: 0.7 percentage point increase (91.5% to 92.2%)

    Year 13: remains the same (79.6%)



  • A higher percentage of females than males across all three cohorts chose to continue in full time education.
Cohort Males Females Difference
Year 1186%89.9%3.9%
Year 1290.9%93.4%2.5%
Year 1377.1%81.8%4.7%
FE College 49.1% Sixth form 50.9%
  • For those continuing in full time education (FTE) after Year 11, school remained a more popular choice overall than FE, but only by 1.8 percentage points (50.9% to 49.1%)
  • In comparison to 2014, of those remaining in FTE, entrants to sixth form decreased by 1.8 percentage points (52.7% to 50.9%), this is mirrored by a 1.8 percentage points increase in entrants to FE (47.3% to 49.1%)
0.2
percentage point decrease in Year 13 students going to HE
  • In 2015, of those remaining in FTE, going to FE was a more popular route with males 51.7% going to FE, compared to 48.3% staying in school) conversely, continuing in school was more popular for females (53.4% remaining in school, compared to 46.6% going to FE)
  • The percentage of the total Year 13 cohort going on to Higher Education has decreased slightly from 60.9% in 2014 to 60.7% in 2015. However the actual number of individuals has increased from 7,874 to 7,918, accounted for by the larger cohort in 2015. This excludes individuals entering a Gap year prior to entering Higher Education
  • As in previous years, a higher proportion of the total Year 13 cohort of females chose to go on to Higher Education after Year 13. 64.7% of females went on to HE, compared with 56% of males
2.1
percentage point decrease in male students going to HE compared to 2014
1.3
percentage point increase in female students going to HE compared to 2014
  • The proportion of females increased 1.3 percentage points (63.4% up to 64.7%)
  • The proportion of males in the total Year 13 cohort entering Higher Education decreased by 2.1 percentage points compared to 2014 (58.1% down to 56%, returning to the level in 2013)
Decrease in those taking Gap Years from
1.1%
to
1%
  • The percentage of individuals entering Higher Education taking a gap year has decreased slightly from 1.1% in 2014 to 1% in 2015
  • In Years 11 and 13, a higher percentage of those in minority ethnic groups continued in full time education, compared to those who are white. However, in Year 12, a higher proportion of white students stayed on in full time education
Cohort White Ethnic Minority
Year 1187.3%90.9%
Year 1292.2%91%
Year 1378.9%87%

Entering the Labour Market - Work and Training Routes

8.4%
of Years 11, 12 and 13 were in this category
Year 11 7.7% Year 12 4.9% Year 13 14.5%
  • The overall percentage of school leavers entering the labour market (either training in the workplace or employment) has risen slightly, from 8.1% in 2014 to 8.4% in 2015. That rise is solely due to the rise in Year 13 leavers entering the labour market (up 1.3 percentage points from 2014 to 14.5%), as the proportions for Years 11 and 12 both fell (by 0.1 percentage points to 7.7% for Year 11 and by 0.3 percentage points to 4.9% for Year 12)
  • The percentage of young people entering Government supported training and work (Employment and Non Employed status) was highest for those in Year 11 at 5.8%, whereas 2.2% of the Year 12 cohort and 2.4% of the Year 13 cohort entered these options
  • The proportions of pupils across all three cohorts going straight into employment rose by 0.4 percentage points to 4.3% compared with 2014. There was a 1 percentage point increase, to 12.1%, for Year 13 and a slight increase of 0.1 percentage points, to 1.9%, for Year 11. Year 12 remained static at 2.7%
  • Entering the labour market (either training in the workplace or employment) was a more popular choice with males than females across all 3 cohorts in 2015
Year 11
9.6%
5.8%
Year 12
5.8%
4.1%
Year 13
16.1%
13.1%

  • A much smaller percentage of those in minority ethnic groups entered the labour market (employment or work based training) than those who are white i.e. over 50% fewer in Years 11 and 13

Cohort White Ethnic Minority
Year 118.2%3.7%
Year 125.1%4.2%
Year 1315.1%6.8%

No Response Rate

  • The overall ‘No Response’ rate reduced by 0.1 percentage points compared to 2014, to 0.7%. It continued to be highest for the Year 13 cohort: Year 11: 0.5%, Year 12: 0.7%, Year 13: 1.2%.