Academic Year 2017/18

Longer term destinations

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Longer term destinations follow pupils who were at the end of key stage 4 and reports their sustained destinations 1, 3 and 5 years after they finish compulsory schooling in year 11. 

This release follows the cohort leaving key stage 4 in the 2012/13 academic year.


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What are longer term destinations?

Longer term destinations are experimental statistics which aim to help users understand the bigger picture of destination outcomes for all students. 

This publication reports on students who completed key stage 4 in the 2012/13 academic year. 

  • In the destination year 2013/14, the students are aged 16 and 17 and entering year 12, their first year of sixth-form or post-16 education or training.
  • In the destination year 2015/16, the students are aged 18 and 19 and entering their first year of higher education or continuing post-16 education or training.
  • In the destination year 2017/18, the students are aged 20 and 21 and entering their third year of higher education or continuing post-16 education or training.

Sustained longer term destinations

Destinations summary

Of the cohort, 87% remained in education 1 year after key stage 4, 49% remained 3 years after and 41% 5 years after. 

1 year after leaving key stage 4

Just over half (52%) of those leaving key stage 4 progressed to school sixth forms or sixth form colleges 1 year after, a further 34% went to into further education, 1% into employment and 4% into apprenticeships.

3 years after leaving key stage 4

Over one quarter (28%) were in a sustained higher education destination 3 years after leaving key stage 4 and 23% were in employment. The number of those in sustained apprenticeships more than doubled (11%) from 1 year after to 3 years after leaving key stage 4. 

5 years after leaving key stage 4

The percentage of the cohort that was in sustained higher education and employment destination 5 years after key stage 4 (39% and 34%) were both 11 percentage points higher than 3 years after key stage 4 (28% and 23%). The number of those in a sustained apprenticeship 5 years after leaving key stage 4 (6%) was also lower than 3 years after (11%).

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Official statistics

These are Official Statistics and have been produced in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

This can be broadly interpreted to mean that these statistics are:

  • managed impartially and objectively in the public interest
  • meet identified user needs
  • produced according to sound methods
  • well explained and readily accessible

Find out more about the standards we follow to produce these statistics through our Standards for official statistics published by DfE guidance.

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