Education

Life After School

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.

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Life After School: Confronting the crisis

This report reveals the failure to give young people who fail their English and maths GCSEs the first time around with a second chance to succeed – irrespective of their background or their provider. Part of our Life After School campaign.

March 2017

Funding for the future

With the government’s review of post-18 education ongoing, and most of the debate seemingly centring on tuition fees, we must remember that widening participation work is essential to helping more disadvantaged young people access higher education.

June 2018

The road most travelled? The 16-19 journey through education and training

This report reveals the journey of 16-19 year olds through education and training: who they are, how they perform, and where they go. Part of our Life After School campaign.

March 2016