Life After School

Our Life After School campaign looks at young people’s transitions at age 16 and how we can equip them with the skills to succeed in Further and Higher Education, training and work.

Six out of ten young people from disadvantaged backgrounds don’t have a Level 2 qualification (GSCE or equivalent) in maths and English by age 19, compared to only three in ten of their better-off peers. These qualifications are the gateway to A-Levels and university, apprenticeships and employment. Without them, young people’s choices and prospects are limited. We've set out our recommendations for fixing GCSE resits.

Only 24% of young people eligible for free school meals go to university, compared to 41% of their better-off peers. We're calling on the government to protect widening participation funding so that we can close this access gap. Together with our charities and other charities in the sector, we've issued a statement on widening participation, in response to the government’s post-18 education funding review and met with Sam Giymah, Minister for Universities and Science to discuss how we can protect widening participation together. We're also calling on government to help ensure recent social mobility gains are not sent into reverse – a danger of fee cuts.

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Funding for the future

With the government’s review of post-18 education ongoing, and most of the debate seemingly centring on tuition fees, we must remember that widening participation work is essential to helping more disadvantaged young people access higher education.

June 2018

Closing the gap in university access: a response to the DfE Green Paper ‘Schools that work for everyone’

Disadvantaged young people are half as likely to university compared to their better off peers. This briefing explores how universities can help improve school attainment and widen access to university.

December 2016

Life After School: Confronting the crisis

This report reveals the failure to give young people who fail their English and maths GCSEs the first time around with a second chance to succeed – irrespective of their background or their provider. Part of our Life After School campaign.

March 2017