Young People progressing on to Higher Education
Among the Core Cities, Bristol has the second lowest proportion of low income children progressing to higher education, using free school meals as the indicator of low income.
Figure 1 – Percentage of low income children progressing to higher education
Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)
Non-participation in education, employment or training between the ages of 16 and 18 is an indicator of later unemployment and low income. Figure 2 shows the percentage of 16 – 18 year olds known to Connexions who were NEET. As Connexions is an optional service available to young people, it would be reasonable to assume that the proportion of NEETs will be higher than in the general population. However the data still serve as a useful indicator of trends and comparison between years. Figure 2 shows the expected rise in figures at the end of the school year. There was a peak in 2009, which seems to have recovered during 2010.
Figure 2 – NEETs known to Connexions
Education Skills and Training Deprivation
This is an area where Bristol experiences some of the highest levels of deprivation. The distribution of deprivation based on this domain is more far reaching than other domains and is particularly concentrated in the social housing areas in South Bristol. Based on the Children and Young People’s sub domain, 82 LSOAs fall within the most deprived 10% nationally. Of these, 17 LSOAs are in the most deprived 100 areas in England. ‘Ilminster Avenue West’ in Filwood ward is the most deprived LSOA in England and ‘Southmead Central’ is the 4th most deprived.