Fewer students from state funded schools heading to university says report

The percentage of students from state funded schools heading to university has fallen according to the latest Government figures.

Data showing the destination of key stage 4 and 5 pupils in 2012-13 released today showed 48 per cent went into higher education compared to 53 per cent in 2011-12.

The reason behind the dip in numbers says the Government is probably down to the increase in tuition fees that year.

The Department for Education has issued the report – released six months earlier than previous cohorts – showing the destination of GCSE and sixth form/college students in 2012-13 after they have finished their studies.

Destination measures are increasingly being seen by the Government as key to assessing how well schools and colleges prepare their students to make a successful transition into the next stage of education or training, or employment.

A total of 551,180 Key Stage 4 students were included in the latest data with 88 per cent choosing to remain in education.

The figures show 40 per cent of girls went on to a school sixth form whereas 32 per cent head to a further education college. For boys the figures are evenly split between the two – 36 per cent.

Meanwhile, just over half of students – 52 per cent – from pupil referral units at Key Stage 4 were recorded as being in a sustained education, employment or training destination the year after.

The data also shows of those independent schools included in the data, 93 per cent of Key Stage 4 went on to a sustained education, employment or training destination.

Students included in a specific category must show they remained in their “destination” for all the first two terms of the year after completing their GCSE or A Level or other level three qualifications.

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