Academic year 2022/23

September Guarantee: offers of education and training for young people age 16 and 17

Data guidance



This document describes the data included in the ‘September Guarantee: offers of education and training for young people age 16 and 17’ management information release’s underlying data. This data is released under the terms of the Open Government License and is intended to meet at least three stars for Open Data.

The September Guarantee helps local authorities fulfil their duty to provide education and training to young people and find them a suitable place. It also helps them to work with their partners, particularly schools and colleges, and to agree how the process will work in their area.

The offer should be appropriate to the young person’s needs and can include:

  • full-time education in school sixth-forms or colleges
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • employment combined with part-time education or training


The underlying data files include national, regional and local authority September Guarantee figures in England. 

File formats and conventions

The files are in comma separated values format (.csv) with UTF-8 encoding.

Symbols used in the underlying data are as follows:

Symbol  |  Meaning
z       |  When an observation is not applicable

Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.

September Guarantee

Geographic levels
Local authority; National; Regional
Time period
2019 to 2022

National, regional and local authority September Guarantee figures

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
annual_change_offer_madeAnnual change in the proportion receiving an offer
cohort_numberCohort number
no_offerPercentage no offer
not_recordedPercentage not recorded
offer_made_percentagePercentage offer made
offer_not_appropriatePercentage offer not appropriate
  1. In 2019, local authority figures for Reading should be used with caution due to administrative issues.
  2. In 2020, local authority figures for Bristol, Swindon, Shropshire and Worcestershire should be used with caution due to system issues or administrative errors.
  3. In 2021 and 2022 Thurrock local authority have slightly over 100% offers made recorded. This is due to additional young people being added after the September Guarantee cohort is fixed, mainly refugees.
  4. In 2022 the figures for Nottinghamshire local authority may not reflect the actual proportion of young people receiving an offer due to significant procedural and processing issues.