From education to employment

Post-16 education: Outcomes for disadvantaged students

Research showing how a group of disadvantaged students progressed through post-16 education and into the labour market.


Post-16 education: outcomes for disadvantaged students

Ref: ISBN 978-1-78105-962-3, DFE-RR825PDF, 1.47MB, 33 pages


This research compares students’ level of education and qualification route to their employment and earnings in later life. It includes information on:

  • personal characteristics such as age, gender, disadvantage
  • level of education including GCSE attainment and highest level qualification by age 25
  • employment and earnings in the 2016 to 2017 tax year

It looks at a group of people who took their GCSEs in 2005. For this research, we define disadvantage as being eligibility for free school meals at any point between ages 11 and 15.

Research on post-16 education: highest level of achievement by age 25 is also available.

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