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Key Findings - Pupil destinations from schools in Wales 2020

Young People who are Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET)

  • In 2020, there were 958 school leavers from Year 11, 12 and 13 known to be NEET in Wales, representing 1.8% of the total cohort
  • As in previous years, the Year 13 cohort continued to have a higher percentage of NEET (3.5% (355) individuals) compared to the Year 11 (1.7% - 527 individuals) and Year 12 cohorts (0.6% - 76 individuals)
  • The percentage of Year 11 clients unable to enter Employment, Education or Training (EET) due to illness, caring for others or pregnancy stood at 1.1%. In the same category, the percentage of Year 12 and Year 13 clients stood at 0.3% and 1.4%, respectively
  • The percentage of NEET Year 11 females who are unable to enter EET this year was slightly higher than for NEET males (62.0% of NEET females and 61.4% of NEET males) 

Continuing in Full-Time Education (FTE)

  • Continuing in full time education continues overwhelmingly to be the most popular choice of destination for pupils in each of the three-year groups. A higher percentage of females than males across all three cohorts chose to continue in full time education
  • A greater proportion of those continuing in full time education (FTE) after Year 11 chose Further Education (FE) over school 6th forms, by 9.5 percentage points; Sixth Form 45.2% and FE College 54.8%
  • In 2020, of those classified as continuing in FTE, going to FE was a more popular route for both males and females. The difference was greater for males (58.4% going to FE, compared to 41.6% staying in school) than it was for females (51.2% going to FE, compared to 48.8% staying in school)
Table showing cohort, males, females and difference data:
Cohort Males Females Difference
Year 11 88.3% 92.7% 4.4 percentage points
Year 12 95.1% 96.4% 1.3 percentage points
Year 13 77.1% 82.3% 5.2 percentage points

In Year 11 and Year 13 a higher percentage of those in minority ethnic groups continued in full time education, compared to those who are white. In Year 12 a slightly higher percentage of those in white ethnic groups continued in full time education compared to those in minority ethnic groups.

Table showing cohort, white and ethnic minority data:
Cohort White Ethnic Minority
Year 11 90.1% 94.8%
Year 12 95.8% 95.5%
Year 13 79.3% 87.3%

Entering the Labour Market - Work and Training Routes

  • The percentage of young people entering Government supported training and work (Employed and Non-Employed status) was highest for those in Year 13 at 11.9% (1202 individuals), whereas 6.4% (1964 individuals) of the Year 11 cohort and 2.2% (267 individuals) of the Year 12 cohort entered one of these options
  • The percentages of young people going straight into employment stood at 2.0% for Year 11, 1.4% for Year 12 and 10.5% for Year 13
  • Entering the labour market (either training in the workplace or employment) was a more popular choice with males than females across all 3 cohorts in 2020 (Year 11 had 8.0% males compared to 4.7% females, Year 12 2.6% males compared to 1.8% females, Year 13 had 13.4% compared to 10.8% females)
  • A much smaller percentage of those in minority ethnic groups entered the labour market (employment or work-based training) than those who are white
Table showing cohort, white, ethnic minority data:
Cohort White Ethnic Minority
Year 11 6.8% 2.2%
Year 12 2.3% 1.1%
Year 13 12.6% 5.6%

No Response Rate

The overall ‘No Response’ stood at 1.6% percentage points. The percentage for the ‘No Response’ rate was greatest for the Year 13 cohort at 4.2% (418 individuals) This cohort group continues to have the highest ‘No Response’ rate.

Table showing no response rate data:
Year 11 0.9%
Year 12 1.2%
Year 13 4.2%

View pupil destinations by year group

Year 11 Pupil Destinations from Schools in Wales 2020

View the overall figures of Year 11 pupil destinations from schools in Wales 2020.

Year 12 Pupil Destinations from Schools in Wales 2020

View the overall figures of Year 12 pupil destinations from schools in Wales 2020.

Year 13 Pupil Destinations from Schools in Wales 2020

View the overall figures of Year 13 pupil destinations from schools in Wales 2020.