- Continuing in full time education remains the most popular route for Year 13 school leavers over the six year period. The percentage of students choosing this route has remained similar over the six year period (78.8% - 79.7%).
- More females chose to continue in full time education compared to males (5.4 percentage points more at 82.2% and 76.8% respectively). This reflects the trend over the six year period for a consistently higher percentage of females than males to continue in full time education.
- Of those continuing in education, the percentage continuing to study in a further education college decreased over the six year period from 12.9% in 2012 to 11.6% in 2017. The numbers continuing to study at Year 14 in school have declined over the period, with a percentage point difference of 6.3% from 14.5% in 2012, to 8.2% in 2017.
- The proportion of students continuing in full time education who progressed on to higher education (HE) at 79.6% was 1.3 percentage points up on the 2016 figure of 78.3%. Over the six year period there has been an overall increase of 8.5 percentage points from the 71.1% recorded in 2012.
- The proportion of the Year 13 cohort as a whole who progressed on to HE has increased by 1 percentage points in 2017 (63.4%) compared to 2016 (62.4%). This is the highest recorded figure in the six year period (the lowest being 56% in 2012).
- HE has consistently been a more popular choice with females over the six years compared to males. In 2017 the gap between males and females going to HE widened from 8.9 to 10 percentage points.
- The proportion taking a gap year dropped slightly from 1.3% in 2016 to 0.6% in 2017. This figure has remained reasonably stable over the last six years but does represent a drop of 0.5 percentage points on the 2012 figure (1.1%). Over six years the figure is down for females (from 1.4% to 0.8%) and down for males (1% to 0.4%).
- Overall, the proportion of Year 13 leavers entering the labour market, either training in the workplace or employment, has increased over the six year period, rising from 11.8% in 2012 to 13.2% in 2017 . It has been a consistently more popular choice with males than females over the period.
- Of those entering the labour market, the numbers entering employment outside of Government supported funding has increased over the six year period by 1 percentage point and has consistently been the second most popular choice (after continuing in education ) over the period. The percentage of males selecting this route over the six year period, compared to females, has been consistently higher (with the exception of 2012 when more females than males were in this category).
- The numbers entering work based training have increased in 2017 compared to 2012 from 2% in 2012 to 2.4% in 2017. The numbers for both male and female have been consistently well below the numbers entering employment.
- 2017 saw a significant reduction of 0.5% percentage points in the proportion of the cohort known to be NEET. There has been a reduction in the NEET figure over the six year period – from 5.1% in 2012 to 2.6% in 2017. The proportion of males known to be NEET remains consistently above the proportion of females (3.2% males and 2.1% females in 2017). The difference between males and females decreased slightly in 2017 compared to 2016 (a 1.1 percentage point difference in 2017 compared to 1.5 in 2016).
- The proportion of non-responses in 2017 (3.7%) is down by 0.7 percentage points on the 2016 figure (4.4%) but still higher than the 2015 figure (1.2%). 2016 was the highest it had been in the six year period.
- The percentage recorded as leaving the area fell by 0.1 percentage points to 0.5% and has remained under 1% over the six year period.
Year 13 Key Destination Trends 2012-2016 (Percentage)
|Continuing in Full time
|Continuing in Part Time
|Going into Higher
|Taking a Gap
|Work Based Training -
|Work Based Training -
|Employed - Other||Known not to be in Education, Training or
|No response to survey||Left the area||Total number in cohort|