Resits are in crisis.
Young people who fail their English and maths GCSE first time around are supposed to get a second chance to succeed but they’re not getting it, irrespective of their background or where they study.
This is the crisis facing 16-19 education and urgent action is needed to address it.
Last year, we launched our Life After School campaign which found that six out of ten young people from disadvantaged backgrounds didn’t have a Level 2 qualification in maths and English by 19. These qualifications are the gateway to A-Levels and university, apprenticeships and employment. Without them, young people’s choices and prospects are limited.
Every young person should be supported to get good GCSEs in maths and English at school. And if they don’t get the grades at 16, they need a second chance to catch up by 19. So we’ve spent a year digging deeper and what we’ve found, using the government’s own data, has alarmed us.
Below are the pieces we’ve published about this critical issue so far, including:
- Life after school: Confronting the crisis (report, March 2017)
- Our recommendations (one-pager, March 2017)
- New insights into improving outcomes for at risk youth: The Newcastle experience (report, in partnership with Social Finance and Newcastle City Council, June 2016)
- NEET in Newcastle: Insights into at-risk young people (infographic, June 2016)
- The road most travelled? The 16-19 journey through education and training (report, March 2016)
- The 16-19 journey through education and training (infographic, March 2016)
To view the social media coverage of Life After School, take a look at our Storify.