At last night’s Scrutiny Committee, the Executive member for Children’s services revealed a shocking statistic.
Whilst he was discussing the current provision for post-16 year old pupils – at the various sixth form colleges and the Isle of Wight College – Cllr Jonathan Bacon highlighted the poor rates of progression to university.
“Students completing A-levels progressing to higher education were 27% on the Isle of Wight, 1% to a top third university. That compares nationally to 44% and and 9% respectively.
“This is something we could be doing better.”
Thanks to OnTheWight contributor, Wendy Varley, it has been discovered that the 27% statistic quoted at the Scrutiny Meeting and in the consultation document is actually from 2011 applies to just College pupils.
Later stats (2012/13) reveal 49% of A-Level students going to higher education institution; 18% to top third institutions; 10% to Russell Group (not including Oxford & Cambridge); 1% Oxford or Cambridge.
A proposal to carry out a consultation is expected to be agreed at next week’s Executive meeting.
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