Improve the choices young people make from 16

Our targets for 2020 to 2021

  • Stoke-on-Trent will be in the top half of all local authority districts for the attainment of all pupils achieving maths and English at level 2 post-16.
  • We will raise retention rates for 16 to 18 year olds to exceed the national average – meaning an additional 280 learners continue on their education or training course first selected.

Our aim

Ensuring a pipeline of highly qualified young people in Stoke-on-Trent who can contribute to a skilled workforce

Why is this an issue?

Evidence suggests that almost half of those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) at age 17 and 18 are still NEET one year later, and those who are NEET at age 18 and 19 are 28% more likely than others to be unemployed 5 years later and 20% more likely to be so 10 years later. The number of pupils in Stoke who failed to sustain employment, education or training (post-16) remains above the national average (7% in comparison to 5% nationally).

  • More young people in Stoke-on-Trent fail to reach level 2 in maths and English by the age of 19 than nationally. Attainment in Stoke-on-Trent is 9% below the national average.
  • Attainment at level 3 amongst 19 year olds is below the national average by 10%
  • Progression into higher education for pupils from state funded schools is below the nation average by 10%

What will we do?

We want to make sure all children and young people in Stoke-on-Trent have access to timely and high quality careers advice. We will also improve access to learning experiences outside the classroom, working with employers, universities, colleges and local football clubs.


Find out more about our projects here.

To find out more about our targets read our delivery plan here.