Statistical First Release
Local authority data
Local authority data:
19 April 2012
Statistics on level 2 and 3 attainment by age 19 are published as level 2 and 3 attainment by young people in England measured using matched administrative data: attainment by age 19 in 2011 and include data from England covering overall level 2 and 3 attainment by age, cohort, qualification type, and institution type. It also includes breakdowns by gender, ethnicity, special educational needs (SEN) and eligibility for free school meals for those in state schools at age 15, and new measures for attainment of level 2 English and mathematics. Local authority (LA) data is available for both overall level 2 and 3 and breakdowns by free school meals.
The latest statistics report on the period up to the academic year 2010 to 2011 and update those previously released on 31 March 2011. The main points are:
- Attainment of level 2 or higher and level 3 by age 19 continued to rise between 2010 and 2011 at a rate similar to the most recent trend. In 2011, 83.8% of 19-year-olds were qualified to level 2 or higher, and 56.7% were qualified to level 3.
- The gap in attainment at 19 between those formerly eligible for free school meals at academic age 15 and those not eligible continued to close at level 2, and level 2 with English and maths, but at level 3 it widened by 0.5% between 2010 and 2011, to 24.7%. This reverses the recent trend which has seen the gap narrowing, albeit slowly, each year between 2005 and 2010.
- The increase in the gap in attainment of level 3 at age 19 between the free school meals group and their peers was driven by a large increase in the gap between those attaining A levels by age 19. Between 2010 and 2011, the proportion of the group not eligible for free school meals who attained 2 or more A levels by age 19 rose by 1.2%, to 36.5%. The proportion of the free school meals group attaining A levels only rose by 0.4%, to 15.0%.
- Attainment at level 2 (GCSE A* to C or equivalent) in English and maths by age 19 continued its rising trend. In 2011, 71.5% of young people had attained level 2 English, and 65.8% had attained level 2 maths, up by 2.3% percentage points and 3.2% respectively since 2010. The proportion of those who failed to reach level 2 at age 16 but went on to attain level 2 by age 19 also rose for both English and mathematics.