The most recent key stage 4 (KS4) and key stage 5 (KS5) destination measures were published on 20 June 2013.
The measures show the percentage of students continuing their education in school, further education or sixth-form college or higher education institution, and the percentage training through an apprenticeship or work-based learning.
For the first time, this year, the measures also show the percentage of students who went into employment or training and those who were not in education, employment or training (NEET). In addition, where students have a confirmed, deferred offer of a place at university, and do not have any other destination recorded, the KS5 measure is also reporting the percentage of students with a UCAS acceptance for deferred entry to higher education.
We also published breakdowns of the data based on the characteristics of students (gender, ethnicity, students’ eligibility for free school meals, and, for KS4 students, special educational needs) for the first time on 23 July 2013.
The data relate to those students who were included in the 2009 to 2010 KS4 or KS5 performance tables and show their destinations in 2010 to 2011.
The data was published as statistical first releases (experimental statistics), available on the GOV.UK site. The publications included national, local and institutional level data.
The headline data at national level (England) show that:
• 89% of young people were recorded as being in sustained education or employment/training in the year after they took their key stage 4 (KS4) qualification/s.
• 69% of young people were recorded as being in sustained education or employment/training in the year after they took their A level or other level 3 qualifications.
To assist with evaluation of the data and development of the measures in future years, people accessing the measures are invited to complete a short questionnaire. A link to the questionnaire is provided within the statistical first release. The deadline for completion of the questionnaire is 1 October 2013.
Data on KS4 education destinations have been published on the performance tables website.
The measures show the destinations of young people the year after KS4 or taking A level or other level 3 qualifications.
• the KS4 measure is based on activity in the year after the young person left compulsory schooling (ie academic age 16)
• the KS5 measure is based on activity in the year after the young person took A level or other level 3 qualifications
The measures are based on participation in education employment or training in all of the first two terms (defined as October to March) of the year after the young person left KS4 or took A level or other level 3 qualifications.
We have made it very clear that we want to put more information into the public domain so that parents and students can make informed judgements about the performance of schools and colleges in their area. The destination measures provide clear and comparable information on the success of schools and colleges in helping all their students take qualifications that offer them the best opportunity to continue in education or training, or get a good job. They will also encourage schools and colleges to support and prepare their students to take up education, training or employment which offers good long term prospects.
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