Figures are for students aged 17 or 18 typically in the second year of a school sixth form. The survey, providing the destination of these pupils on the 31st October was in respect of 11,037 pupils completing Year 13 in 2018 i.e. the 2018 Year 13 destinations cohort.
The non-response rate for Year 13 in 2018 was 7.9 percentage points higher in 2018 compared to 2017 (11.6% (n.1275) compared to 3.7% (n.436)). 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.
- 46.2% were male and 53.8% were female.
- 76% of the cohort (8,366 individuals) went in to some form of continued learning in education or work based training. A higher proportion of the total female cohort were in this category (76.9%) compared to males at 74.5%.
- 73.2% of the cohort (8075) individuals continued in full time education (FTE). Of those 81.8 % (6,603 individuals) progressed to higher education. This represented 59.8% of the total cohort.
- A significantly higher percentage of females (7.9 percentage points more) progressed to higher education than males i.e. 63.5% of the total female cohort and 55.6% of the total male cohort.
- Of those continuing within further education a lower percentage 6.8% (548 individuals) continued their education in school compared to 10.2% (821 individuals) who continued at a further education college. The percentage of the male cohort continuing in FTE, who continued their education in either school or college was higher than that for females (20.7 % and 13.9% respectively).
- The percentage of Year 13 leavers continuing in FTE, who remained in Year 14 in school, stood at 6.8%. The percentage of males stood at 9.4% in 2018 compared to 4.7% of females.
- 1.3% (103 individuals) of those continuing in education stated that they were taking a gap year with the intention of going on to higher education the following year.
- Continuing in part time education (16 hours or less per week) was the least popular route at 0.2% of the cohort (22 individuals)
- 12.1 % (1339 individuals) entered the labour market, either going into employment or work-based training. 9.7% (1070 individuals) entered employment outside of Government supported training. 1.1 percentage point more males than females took this route.
- A small proportion of the cohort 0.4% (39 individuals) entered work-based training without employed status.
- 2.1% (230 individuals) entered work-based learning with employed status. A higher percentage of males (2.8%) than females (1.5%) took this route.
- On the survey date, 2.5% (279 individuals) of the cohort were known not to be in any form of education, training or employment (NEET). A higher percentage of males 3.3% (166 individuals) than females 1.9% (113 individuals) were in this category.
- 0.4% (47 individuals) of the cohort was shown to have left their local area.