Figures are for students aged 15 or 16 who were in their final year of statutory education, Year 11 in mainstream and special schools during the 2017-18 academic year. The survey, providing the destination of these pupils on the 31st October 2018 was in respect of 29,665 pupils i.e. the 2018 Year 11 destinations cohort. This is 1146 fewer students than the 2017 cohort.
The non-response rate for Year 11 in 2018 was 3 percentage points higher in 2018 compared to 2017 (3.5% compared to 0.5%). The reason for the rise in the rate of non-respondents is due to it not being possible to agree data-sharing agreements with all FE institutions across the country in time for completion of the survey. This is covered in more detail in the Introduction. This year’s report, therefore, consists of a short summary of the data for 2018 and does not seek to establish any comparability with previous years and will therefore not comment on trends.
- 51.3% (15,212 individuals) were male and 48.7% (14,441 individuals) were female. 12 pupils (0.04%) identified themselves as ‘Other’.
- Most of the cohort, 92.1% (27,326 individuals) went into some form of continued learning in full time education, part time education (16 hours or less a week) or work based training. This represented 91.1% of males, 93.2% of female pupils and 83.3% of pupils in the Other category.
- The greatest proportion of the cohort, 86.4 % (25,626 individuals) continued in full time education.
- 46.7% of those continuing in full time education (11,979 individuals) continued their education in school and 53.3% continued at a further education college (13,647 individuals).
- A higher proportion of males (7.3 percentage points more than females) chose to continue their education at further education college.
- A higher proportion of females (7.3 percentage points more than males) chose to remain in school.
- 7.8% of the cohort (2,314 individuals) entered the labour market, either going into employment or work based training. More males than females chose to enter the labour market, a differential of 3.5 percentage points (9.5% males compared to 6% females)
- 3.9% (1,159 individuals) entered work based training non-employed status
- 1.5% of the cohort (471 individuals) entered work based training with employed status. A higher proportion of males (2.5%) than females (0.7%) were in this category (a difference of 1.8 percentage points).
- 2.3% (684 individuals) entered employment outside Government supported funding. More males than females chose this route; a 1.4 percentage point difference.
- On the survey date, 1.6% of the cohort (476 individuals), were known not to be in any form of education, training or employment (NEET). Males accounted for 53.6% of the total (255 individuals) compared to females at 46.4% (220 individuals). This represents a 7.2 percentage point differential between females and males.
- 43.5% (207 individuals) of those known not to be NEET were able to enter employment, education or training (EET)
- More males, than females, who were known to be NEET, were able to enter employment, education or training (128 individuals compared to 79).
- 56.5% (269 individuals) of those known to be NEET were unable to enter EET due to illness, pregnancy or other reasons.
- There was no response to the survey from 3.5% of the cohort (1043 individuals)
- 0.5% (136 individuals), were shown to have left their local area.