Julia Belgutay

Drop in attainment: serious shift or marginal statistic?

The Department for Education says that ‘rigorous new standards’ have caused the first fall in the proportion of qualified 19-year-olds in 12 years

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The proportion of young people who achieve a specific level of qualification is one of the most straightforward ways of measuring the success of an education system.

For more than a decade, the situation in England has steadily improved. The proportion of 19-year-olds earning both level 2 and level 3 qualifications has continued to rise, year on year, since 2004.

While the DfE insists that the changes are “marginal”, the fact that the numbers have dropped for the first time in more than a decade marks a significant shift

But new figures quietly published by the Department for Education ...

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