Andy Ratcliffe, CEO at Impetus-PEF explains how GCSE catch-up provision is not working.
If you don't get your GCSEs at 16, you're unlikely to get them by 19. Only 45% of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get GCSEs in English and maths by age 19, compared to 72% of their better-off classmates.
Impetus-PEF's Life After School campaign revealed that it's vital for young people to get a grade 4 or above (equivalent to the old grade 'C') in English and maths. Because without good English and maths qualifications, life after school is much tougher, with fewer options and less access to jobs and higher education.
Read our blog: impetus-pef.org.uk/blog/2018/thousands-of-young-people-are-facing-an-endless-cycle-of-gcse-resits