Leaving without English and maths harms education and jobs

Leaving without English and maths harms education and jobs


In the Government’s spending review this week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak committed to further funding for skills training, with the national skills fund allocated £2.5 billion over five years.

Yet the latest Government statistics on education and training, released yesterday, show that 34% of pupils – more than 200,000 people – in England left school at 16 without a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and maths¹.

For many vocational and technical training courses, or to get into employment, good maths and English skills are essential to unlock the door.

With more than more than 750,000 16-24 year-olds classified as NEET² (Not in Education, Employment or Training) across the country, it’s clear that there are still large numbers of young people that are not succeeding in mainstream education.

Nacro’s Educations Centres can support young people to gain those vital qualifications in functional English and maths or GCSE whilst they study for a career or vocational profession or progress on to sustainable employment.

Nacro is England’s largest independent training provider of its type of education and skills for 16-18 year olds and rated Good by Ofsted.

Josh Wood, Centre Manager, Nacro Boston said: “The pandemic has resulted in so much disruption for young people – and soaring youth unemployment. Nacro is well placed to help young people fill in the gaps in their learning so that they can make real progress in the vocational area of their choice and be who they want to be.

“We offer that extra support that is often needed for people who have struggled in mainstream school settings – and we also have great local knowledge to help our learners plug into the local job market”.

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1. Government skills fund