The Telegraph is reporting new research that suggests young school leavers are disproportionately more likely to be unemployed even in areas which are seeing a jobs boom.
The study from the pro-free school New Schools Network found that, in areas with failing secondary schools, young people aged between 16 and 18 were more likely to be unemployed than adults of all ages…
In a study of the 20 local authorities with the worst performing schools, between 6.6 per cent and 9 per cent of the teenagers were not in education, employment or training.
This compared to a national average of 4.7 per cent, according to the New Schools Network, an independent charity that provides advice and resources for those interested in starting a free school.
In most of the council areas, the unemployment rate had fallen in the five years since 2010.
Nick Timothy, the director of the network which is part-funded by Government grants, …said the figures made the case for more free schools to be set up to challenge those which are below standards.
He added: “We urgently need more good new schools – not just where there is a shortage of places but where standards have been too low for too long.”
It’s not clear to me exactly what the figures quoted in the article refer to – for example, is the 4.7% national average the unemployment rate of school leavers or people of all ages? And if the former, what is the later?
I can’t find the original research online – if anyone has a link please let us know.
However, the bigger point being that seems to be getting made by the New Schools Network is that school leaver unemployment is high in areas with high numbers of failing schools, and therefore more free schools are needed to sort things out.
Is there some merit to this analysis or do you see things differently?
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