Level 1 and 2 English and maths: Progress from KS4 to Post-16 - 2013/2014

With the DfE set to include progress in Level 2 English and maths in the new 16-19 accountability measures, we decided to take a closer look at the outcomes for different institution types in 2013/2014, compared to 2012/2013, using the DfE's SFRs [1] & [2].


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By learning level

The first notable point is that Sixth Form Colleges have the greatest percentage of learners achieving a higher level of learning at Post-16 when compared to KS4, with 52% of applicable learners managing this in English in 2014, and 41% in maths. Work-based learning was responsible for the greatest percentage of learners achieving a lower level of learning (35% in English, 44% in maths). These trends can also be seen in 2013.


By institution

Of the students starting at the institution without an A*-C in GCSE English or maths, Sixth Form Colleges and Local Authority mainstream schools had the greatest percentage of entries into Level 2 English/maths at Post-16, with 87% and 80% in English, and 81% and 75% in maths. Special schools and Part-time students had a much smaller percentage of entries: 19% and 33% in English, and 22% and 33% in maths.


By year

Between 2013 and 2014, there have been some quite remarkable changes in the data. In maths, FE sector colleges have seen the percentage of students achieving a lower level of learning increase quite dramatically from 2% to 38%. Whilst in Special schools, this same measure has decreased from 38% to 2%. However, these changes are reflected in the overall percentage of students entered for retakes at each institution which has shot up in FE sector colleges (18% to 61%), yet declined rapidly in Special schools (58% to 22%).


Otherwise, the data show little movement over time, with students achieving a lower level of learning decreasing ever so slightly in the majority of cases, and students achieving a higher level of learning increasing by a marginal amount, or staying the same. At Learning Plus UK, we will be interested to see how the numbers change following the introduction of compulsory Level 2 English and maths at Post-16 (for students not achieving A*-C at KS4).

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[1] Level 1 and 2 English and maths: 16 to 18 students - 2013 to 2014

[2] Level 1 and 2 English and maths: 16 to 18 students - 2012 to 2013