Participation in Education & Training

Local authorities have a responsibility to track young people’s participation in education or training. They do this through exchange of information with schools and colleges, other youth services and through direct contact with young people.

Information about a young person’s activity is recorded on a client database, an extract from which is used to prepare the Department for Educations (DfE) participation tables. The DfE publishes the proportion of 16 and 17 year olds in education and training each quarter.

In March 2015, the proportion of 16/17 year olds recorded in education or training in Warwickshire was 85.8%, the national figure was 83.1% (DfE 2015).


Full time education

Full time education means undergoing more than 16 hours of guided learning per week. This may be undertaken in a school sixth form, FE College, Sixth Form College or independent training provider.


Full time employees who are undertaking an apprenticeship that has been commissioned and delivered through the National Apprenticeship Service.

Work based learning

Government funded work based learning for 16-17 year olds such as Access to Apprenticeships, Work Pairings or locally branded programmes with non-employed status.

Employment combined with part time education

Full time employees in a job that provides training or is combined with part time education or training leading to a regulated qualification. The education or training must be the equivalent of at least 280 hours per year. This is the equivalent of around a day a week, but may be undertaken on a block release basis. Full time self-employment, holding a public office or voluntary work may be regarded in the same way as full time employment in these statistics.

Part time education

Courses of less than 540 hours of learning per year as set out in individual learning agreements.

Other training

Full time training delivered by non-government funded organisations (for example, private colleges or training centres).

Activity Survey

The annual activity survey reports on the post 16 destinations of all Year 11 school leavers and is a snapshot of their post 16 activity on the 1st November. Warwickshire’s 2014 Activity Survey is based on a total cohort size of 5,947 Year 11 students (RightStep 2015).

The following table shows that in 2014:
  • 97.2% of Warwickshire young people entered a positive destination, remaining unchanged from 2013.
  • The proportion of young people completing year 11 and continuing in education has continued to rise.
  • There was a fall of 1 percentage point in the number of young people entering employment (reducing from 3.9% in 2013 to 2.9% in 2014).

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