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Level 2 and 3 attainment by young people in England measured using matched administrative data: attainment by age 19 in 2013

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DFE SFR template April 2011 Statistical First Release LEVEL 2 AND 3 ATTAINMENT BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN ENGLAND MEASURED USING MATCHED ADMINISTRATIVE DATA: ATTAINMENT BY AGE 19 IN 2013 This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides information on the proportion of young people in England who attain Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications by the age of 19. It updates and replaces figures published in SFR 13/2013 (released in March 2013). SFR 10/2014 27 March 2014 Coverage: England Theme: Children, Education and Skills Issued by Department for Education Sanctuary Buildings Great Smith Street London SW1P 3BT Telephone: Press Office 020 7783 8300 Public Enquiries 0370 000 2288 Statistician Rob Hartley 020 7340 8306 Email [email protected] Internet AttainmentStats HEADLINES Attainment of Level 2 or higher and Level 3 by age 19 continues to rise In 2013, 86.2 per cent of 19 year olds were qualified to Level 2 or higher (up 1.1 percentage points (ppts) compared to 2012), and 59.1 per cent were qualified to Level 3 (also up 1.1 ppts compared to 2012). Increase in attainment at Level 3 in both academic and vocational routes The proportion attaining 2+ A Levels rose by 0.4 ppts to 38.0 per cent. Proportion of 19 year olds achieving Level 3 vocational qualifications rose by 0.9 ppts to 17.0 per cent. Free School Meal (FSM) attainment gaps narrowed at Level 2, but not at level 3 The FSM gap at Level 2 closed by 0.8 ppts between 2012 and 2013, to 16.3 ppts. However the gap at Level 2 with English and maths and Level 3 both rose slightly by 0.1ppts. Attainment in Level 2 English and Maths by 19 rose… Attainment of Level 2 (GCSE A*-C or equivalent) in English and maths by age 19 rose from 63.4 per cent in 2012 to 65.8 per cent in 2013. …but progression between 16 an

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