Why we exist

 

In the UK today, the income of the family you are born into is still the strongest indicator of where you will end up. Young people from low-income backgrounds are likely to do well at school, less likely to progress to higher education and less likely to enter secure and fulfilling employment. 

 

These inequalities are laid bare when a young person turns 16. The decisions they make at this critical juncture have consequences that last a lifetime. Too many are deprived of the guidance and networks they need to make informed decisions about their future.

THE 
NEED

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2 in 5

young people say they
do not have access to a careers advisor in school

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Disadvantaged young people in England are

MORE LIKELY TO BE

disappointed
by their post-16 choices

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THEY ARE LESS LIKELY TO

complete their post-16
course

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THEY ARE LESS LIKELY TO

sustain their further education, apprenticeship, or employment

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2 in 3

disadvantaged young people won't achieve a Level 3 qualification (A Level equivalent) by age 19

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HALF

of disadvantaged young people won't achieve a Level 2 qualification (GCSE equivalent) by age 17

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2 in 3

are not in education, employment, or training at some point aged 16-24, compared to 1 in 8 non-disadvantaged young people

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4 in 5

earn below the 'just managing threshold' (£21,000 per year) at age 26

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The students at this school have high aspirations, But unfortunately they don't have the same opportunities that other students in other schools have.

Omar Deria, Headteacher, The Cumberland School

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