Data set from A level and other 16 to 18 results

Retention - student characteristics and disadvantage status

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Retention metrics for all qualification cohorts, by a combination of disadvantage status and other student characteristics. 

Other student characteristics include gender, ethnicity, free school meal provision, first language, KS4 prior attainment and SEN provision.

Data set details

School and college outcomes and performance
A level and other 16 to 18 results
Release type
Geographic levels
  • % retained
  • % retained and assessed
  • % returned and retained for a second year
  • Characteristic
  • Characteristic disadvantage
  • Cohort
Time period
2018/19 to 2020/21

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201819Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandRevisedGenderFemaleAllA levelLevel 313314613183812186111957211274791.52489.80585.519
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFinalGenderFemaleAllA levelLevel 312819012572111842011656911195792.37990.93589.052
202021Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFinalGenderFemaleAllA levelLevel 312367412268011664611572811380994.31793.57592.769
201819Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandRevisedGenderMaleAllA levelLevel 310597810500096447943338793891.00789.01283.75
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandFinalGenderMaleAllA levelLevel 31000999812391757900848632791.66689.99587.978

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 8 variables
Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_disadvantageCharacteristic disadvantage
perc_retained% retained
perc_retained_and_assessed% retained and assessed


  1. EHC plans and statements of SEN are legal documents which detail the needs of the individual student, and the assistance they are to receive.
  2. Disadvantage status is as reported at the end of key stage 4. Analysis involving disadvantage status includes students at state-funded schools and colleges only.
  3. Figures for the total number of students may not match the sum of females and males, as not all institutions recorded the gender for every student.

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