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.