Key Stage 5 qualifications and disadvantage

Date 20 April 2020
Date updated 20 April 2020

Qualification levels of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged KS5 leavers in London (2018)

In 2018, the majority of London’s KS5 school leavers of both disadvantaged (71%) and non-disadvantaged (77%) backgrounds had Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A-levels).

This is in contrast to the rest of England. Here, while around the same proportion (76%) of non-disadvantaged KS5 school leavers had Level 3 qualifications, only 51% of disadvantaged KS5 school leavers had a Level 3 qualification.

According to the Department for Education, students are considered disadvantaged in Year 11 and attract pupil premium funding if they are eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years, have been looked after by the local authority, or have been adopted from care.

Qualification levels of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged KS5 leavers in rest of England (2018)