Most of area’s students gain good GCSEs
Most of this area’s young adults are reaching 19 with good passes in their GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.
However, the Association of School and College Leaders says disadvantaged students are hardest hit by the Government shifting its focus to GCSEs and A-levels over vocational qualifications.
Department for Education data reveals that 2,912 19-year-olds in the East Riding had achieved a level 2 qualification by the end of the 2018-19 academic year.
Level 2 qualifications are five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C, or 9-4, or the equivalents such as apprenticeships, NVQs and diplomas.
It means 87% of young people in the area had level 2 qualifications – up from 86% in 2017-18, and above the national average of 82%.
Across England, level 2 attainment dropped for the fourth consecutive year in 2018-19, from a high of 86% in 2014-15.
The gap between those living in the most and least deprived areas of the country also widened to 18% last year – the largest in eight years.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “The fall in attainment is caused by the Government’s decision to downgrade the importance of some vocational qualifications and AS-levels, and to place a greater focus on GCSEs and A-levels.
“This is a great shame as vocational qualifications and AS-levels serve many students very well, particularly those who face the greatest challenges and often come from disadvantaged backgrounds.”
The same DfE figures show 61% of the 2018-19 cohort in the East Riding achieved a level 3 qualification – two or more A-levels or the equivalents, such as a higher education diplomas or advanced apprenticeships.
A DfE spokesman said the national figures represented an increase compared to 2009-10.
He said: “We have made good progress raising the standard of education and training on offer for young people.
“New, world class T-levels, to be launched in September, will help more young people acquire the skills they need to fulfil their potential.”