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Post-school destination of pupils

Key points

  • A higher than average proportion of pupils in London went on to higher education from London compared to the average for England, at 55% for Inner London, 57% for Outer London and 48% across England.
  • Inner London had the highest proportion of school leavers not in education, training or employment (NEET) at 4%, compared to 2% elsewhere.

Post-school destination of pupils

What does the graph show?

This graph looks at the destination of school leavers. It shows where those who began a Level 3 qualification in 2011/12 had moved on to in 2012/13, the following year. Level 3 refers to AS and A-level qualifications or equivalent.

A higher than average proportion of pupils in London went on to higher education, at 55% for Inner London, 57% for Outer London and 48% across England. A lower proportion of pupils from Inner and Outer London went on to training or employment than the average for England (at 2%, 4% and 8% respectively). So the total proportion of pupils going on to education, training or employment in London is only slightly higher than the England average.

In London and England the activity of 17% of school leavers was unknown. The proportion measured as not in education, training or employment (NEET) was highest in Inner London at 4%, compared with 2% in Outer London and England as a whole. An additional 10% of school leavers in England did not sustain their destination, slightly higher than the proportion in Inner London (8%) and Outer London (7%).

Though not shown as its own category in the graph, London has a lower proportion of pupils going on to apprenticeships than the England average of 5%. 2% of Inner London pupils and 3% of Outer London pupils who began a Level 3 qualification in 2011/12 were completing an apprenticeship in 2012/13 - around 1,300 people.

Data used

KS5 destination measures, 2011/12 cohort into 2012/13 destinations, DfE

Indicator last updated: 19 October 2015