Our Life After School campaign looks at young people’s transitions at age 16 and how we can equip them with the skills to succeed in Further Education, training and work.
Six out of ten young people from disadvantaged backgrounds don’t have a Level 2 qualification (GSCE or equivalent) in maths and English by age 19, compared to only three in ten of their better-off peers. These qualifications are the gateway to A-Levels and university, apprenticeships and employment. Without them, young people’s choices and prospects are limited.
We looked in to young people’s destinations after school and found that disadvantaged young people are falling further behind their peers, making them less likely to access apprenticeships, a university place and sustained employment. We set out our recommendations for fixing this.