The three most positive routes available to young people leaving formal education are employment, apprenticeships or training and university. Sadly, young people from low income backgrounds make poorer progress into each of these fields than their wealthier counterparts.
For 16-year-olds on Free School Meals (FSM), the standard indicator of a low income background, there are only three places they are more likely to end up than their wealthier peers, and only one is positive: studying in a Further Education (FE) college, dropping out of a course, or not in any form of education, employment or training (NEET). For the two-thirds of FSM pupils who study at Key Stage 5, the outcomes also lag behind – these young people are more likely than their wealthier peers to end up at less selective universities, FE colleges, dropping out, or NEET.
The Progression Report, a product of a year's research in partnership with education charity Teach First, examines the barriers for young people from low income backgrounds and offers practical solutions to tackle them. PA Consulting believes that every child, no matter what their background, deserves the chance to succeed and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Teach First to keep making the difference.
The Progression Report: Empowering school-leavers to make informed choices