Policy and research

Education and employment

Educational attainment

Only 41% of young people on free school meals pass English and maths GCSEs, compared with 69% of all other pupils. With the right support, we can make life after school fairer.

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Widening participation

Disadvantaged young people are significantly under-represented at top universities, making up only 5% of the intake. We're calling on the government to protect widening participation funding so that we can close the university access gap.

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Youth unemployment

Young people are bearing the economic burden of coronavirus - protecting their future is a national emergency.

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Youth Jobs Gap

Impetus' Youth Jobs Gap series shows disadvantaged young people are twice as likely as their better-off peers to not be in education, employment or training (NEET).

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