Data set from Longer term destinations

National longer term destinations

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National level destinations data 1, 3 and 5 years after students leave key stage 4 for different characteristic groups and provider types.

Data set details

Destination of pupils and students
Longer term destinations
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of pupils completing key stage 4
  • Sustained education, apprenticeship or employment
  • Sustained education
  • Data type
  • Destination year
  • Institution group
Time period
2012/13 to 2018/19

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201213Academic yearNationalE92000001Englandyear 1Alternative provisionTotalDisadvantage statusNot disadvantagedPercentage616056.847.3zzzz36.3zzz5.85.22.7z0.22.56.834.68.6
201213Academic yearNationalE92000001Englandyear 1Alternative provisionTotalPrior attainmentPrior Attainment KS4 E&M A*-C achievedPercentage23680.975.8zzzz41.5zzz33.11.33.8z1.32.51.314.44.7
201213Academic yearNationalE92000001Englandyear 1Alternative provisionTotalPrior attainmentPrior Attainment KS4 E&M A*-C not achievedPercentage951453.744.6zzzz34.9zzz4.25.52.2z0.12.16.838.18.2
201213Academic yearNationalE92000001Englandyear 1Alternative provisionTotalTotalTotalNumber of pupils975052994426zzzz3422zzz476529223z142096503660791
201213Academic yearNationalE92000001Englandyear 1Alternative provisionTotalGenderMaleNumber of pupils638334542843zzzz2172zzz277394135z51304762408521

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 25 variables
Variable nameVariable description
all_notsustNot recorded as a sustained destination
all_unknownActivity not captured
all_workSustained employment
appl2Intermediate apprenticeships (level 2)
appl3Advanced apprenticeships (level 3)


  1. Activity not captured: means the young person wasn’t found to have any participation in education or employment, had made no claim to out-of-work benefits and was not recorded NEET.
  2. Alternative provision: includes state place funded alternative provision (Pupil Referral Units, AP academies, AP free schools, and hospital schools) and other alternative provision (education funded by the local authority outside of state place funded schools, including independent schools, non-maintained special schools, and providers who do not meet the criteria for registration as a school)
  3. State-funded special schools: includes community special schools, foundation special schools, special sponsored academies, special converter academies, and special free schools and non-maintained special schools.
  4. At the end of key stage 4 pupils are expected to achieve 'good passes' at grade 5 or above in both English and maths GCSEs or selected equivalents. The figures for student achievement of grade 4 or above in both English and maths are shown alongside this measure for transparency and comparability. This measure is chosen because passes in English and maths will continue to be assessed in future years and because passes in these subjects tie closely to conditions for post-16 funding and accountability. Prior to the introduction of the reformed 9 to 1 GCSEs in English and maths in 2016/17, a 'good pass' was classed as an A*-C grade.
  5. The following symbols have been used in this publication: (0) zero, ( c ) small number suppressed to preserve confidentiality or for accountability reasons, ( z ) not applicable, (x) not available, ( low ) positive % less than 0.5
  6. Not recorded as a sustained destination: includes pupils who were captured in the source data and had some participation in the academic year but did not complete the required six months sustained participation.  It also includes pupils who had no participation in education or employment but had claimed out-of-work benefits
  7. Disadvantage status: Given as in year 11. Disadvantaged pupils are defined as those who were eligible for free school meals at any point in the previous six years or having been looked after by their local authority. These are the pupils who would have attracted the pupil premium when in year 11. Pupils with no key stage 4 record were not known to be disadvantaged in year 11 and are included in all other pupils.
  8. Note that employment figures showed an increase between 2013/14 and 2014/15 destination years due to the introduction of the Longitudinal Educational Outcomes data, and so Year 1 employment figures between the 2012/13 and 2013/14 cohorts are not directly comparable.
  9. State-funded mainstream schools: include community schools, voluntary aided schools, voluntary controlled schools, foundation schools, academies, free schools, city technology colleges and further education colleges with provision for 14- to 16-year-olds.
  10. Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) was added as a new type of need in 2014/15; the previous type of need Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties has been removed although it is not expected that SEMH will be a direct replacement.
  11. Other education destinations include independent schools, specialist post-16 institutions, special schools and education combination destination.
  12. Following special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms in 2014/15, SEN pupils are categorised as 'SEN with EHC (Education health care) plan or statement' and 'SEN support'. SEN support replaces school action and school action plus. It was expected that all transfers to this category take place during the 2014/15 academic year but some legacy categories remain in subsequent cohorts. More detailed information on the reforms can be found here:
  13. The student was not found to have any participation in education, apprenticeship or employment nor recorded as receiving out-of-work benefits at any point in the year. Possible reasons for this could be that the pupil was living, working or studying abroad or was attending a Scottish or Welsh college or school.

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