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More young people now in education, employment or training

28/01/2015 Joanna
More young people are now in education, employment or training, according to the latest government statistics.

Between October 2012 and March 2013 the number of pupils progressing down one of these three routes after key stage four rose to 91 per cent from 89 per cent the previous year - a total of 6,500 pupils.

Currently, the number of people not in education, employment or training (NEET) is at its lowest level since records began in 1995.

Destination measures are increasingly being seen as a means of gauging the success of schools and colleges in preparing youngsters for the next phase of education, training or employment.

Schools inspectorate Ofsted also uses the data to judge the effectiveness of its careers advice for pupils between the ages of eight and eighteen. 

The government has released the figures six months earlier than previous cohorts, demonstrating its commitment to improving the timeliness of data.

Schools minister David Laws said: "It is crucial that parents have access to the information that lets them judge how well schools and colleges are preparing young people for the future.

"Today's data show many examples of schools - including those in the most deprived parts of the country - which are ensuring their pupils are moving on to meaningful destinations."

Mr Laws added that the figures will be used to hold schools that could be doing more for their pupils to account.

Brampton Manor Academy in London, a mixed comprehensive converter academy, has a high proportion of pupils from a disadvantaged background (260 out of a total of 270) who are going on to positive outcomes.

Some 94 per cent of disadvantaged pupils at the school continued in education, employment and training in the 2012-13 period analysed.

Meanwhile, at the girls' comprehensive St Marylebone Church of England School in London, 98 per cent of the 60 pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds went on to meaningful destinations.

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