Data set from Progression to higher education or training

Progression to higher education or training: national level

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Destination of pupils and students
Progression to higher education or training
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Academic/AGQ progression score
  • Academic/AQG national comparator
  • Academic/AQG students who sustained L4+ destination
  • Data type
  • Institution group
  • Student characteristic
Time period

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201516Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream schools & collegesTotalTotalTotalNumber of pupils386425240037240036.8022349274826283853860375212793318795215364215363.70561882197521975011442269826980
201516Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream schools & collegesTotalTotalTotalPercentage386425626205819114133187956868056188393901144224240
201516Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream schoolsTotalTotalTotalNumber of pupils199312142473138413.621370745407322773934920423357191979138996135549.61.8685633802756.89.147797107.2-2.1
201516Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream schoolsTotalTotalTotalPercentage1993127169269271201219197972711.8685649409.14772022-2.1
201516Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded mainstream schoolsSelective schoolTotalTotalNumber of pupils240272120820415.73.32079114067102610813223194240162120420410.83.3844.2-2.5300.7-23.1

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 25 variables
Variable nameVariable description
acag_cohortNumber of pupils studying academic or applied general qualifications
acag_comparatorAcademic/AQG national comparator
acag_progressedAcademic/AQG students who sustained L4+ destination
acag_pscoreAcademic/AGQ progression score
all_apprenSustained apprenticeship destination


  1. Special educational needs: following special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms in 2014/15, SEN students are categorised as 'SEN with a statement or Education, health and care (EHC) plan' and 'SEN support'. SEN support replaces school action and school action plus (grouped as SEN without a statement up to and including 2013/14). It was expected that all transfers to this category take place during the 2014/15 academic year but some legacy categories remain in the current cohort.
  2. Other FE sector colleges excludes other government department funded colleges.
  3. Academies and free schools: there are now fewer local authority maintained schools and more academies and free schools than at the start of the 2015/16 academic year (when these school types are reported). In the case of some groups of school, such as University Technical Colleges (UTCs), this means the picture of the sector given in these statistics includes some of the first schools of this type to open and is based on a relatively small number of schools, many of which only had students joining for the last year of key stage 4 study.
  4. State-funded mainstream schools & colleges covers all state-funded mainstream schools, academies, free schools, city technology colleges (CTCs), sixth forms and other FE sector colleges. Excludes alternative provision, special schools, other government department funded colleges and independent schools.
  5. Disadvantage status is given as in year 11. Disadvantaged students 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 students who would have been in receipt of the pupil premium when in year 11. Students with no key stage 4 record were not known to be disadvantaged in year 11 and are included in all other students.
  6. Selective schools admit pupils wholly or mainly with reference to ability. These schools are formally designated as grammar schools. The schools status is based on admission policy in the secondary phase (i.e. age 11).
  7. Unclassified ethnicity includes students for whom ethnicity was not obtained, refused or could not be determined.
  8. Free school meal status is given as in year 11. Students with no key stage 4 record were not known to be eligible in year 11 and are included in all other students.
  9. LLDD: Students in colleges may be recorded on the ILR as learners with learning difficulties and disabilities. The definitions differ from special educational needs recorded by schools.
  10. Non-selective in highly selective area includes all non-selective schools in local authorities with a high level of selection (where 25% or more of state-funded secondary places are in state-funded selective schools). These local authorities are Bexley, Buckinghamshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Medway, Poole, Slough, Southend-on-Sea, Sutton, Torbay, Trafford and Wirral.
  11. Other non-selective includes all non-selective schools that are not in highly selective areas, including those in areas with some selection.
  12. Total state-funded mainstream schools also includes city technology colleges (CTCs). Figures for this institution type are not presented separately. Excludes pupil referral units (PRUs), alternative provision (AP), hospital schools, maintained and non-maintained special schools, independent schools, independent special schools and independent schools approved to take pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
  13. Local authority maintained includes community, voluntary aided, voluntary controlled and foundation schools.
  14. State-funded mainstream colleges include further education sector colleges and other government department funded colleges.

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