Policy

Education and employment

Free School Meals

How do you measure disadvantage? There are many ways – from free school meals to household income. We use ‘Ever 6 FSM’ – pupils who have been looked after, in care, or eligible for free school meals in the past six years.

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GCSEs

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are half as likely to get their GCSEs as their better-off peers. With the right support, we can make life after school fairer.

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Widening participation

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are half as likely to go to university. We're calling on the government to protect widening participation funding so that we can close this access gap.

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Apprenticeships

The majority of young people don't go to university. It's important that they have access to high quality, vocational routes to work, such as apprenticeships.

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Ready for Work

Many disadvantaged young people find it difficult to transition from school to work. What do young people need to be ready for work? And what makes the biggest difference to their work-readiness?

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Youth unemployment

It’s easy to assume that youth unemployment is yesterday’s problem. Impetus' Youth Jobs Gap shows disadvantaged young people are twice as likely to not be in education, employment or training (NEET).

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