Qualifications and Destinations of Northern Ireland School Leavers 2016/17


The Department of Education has published data on the qualifications and destinations of school leavers for the 2016/17 year.

This statistical bulletin presents an analysis of the GCSE and A-level qualifications and destinations of pupils leaving post-primary schools in 2016/17.

School Meals in Northern Ireland 2017/18 Statistical BulletinKey points
• The proportion of school leavers achieving at least five GCSEs at grades A* – C or equivalent has increased by 7.3 percentage points from five years ago, from 76.5% in 2011/12 to 83.8% in 2016/17.

• At 69.6%, the proportion of school leavers achieving at least five GCSEs at grades A* – C or equivalent including GCSE English and maths has increased by 1.9 percentage points since 2015/16 (67.7%) and by 7.6 percentage points since 2011/12 (62.0%).

• The proportion of free school meal entitled school leavers achieving at least five GCSEs at grades A* – C or equivalent including GCSE English and maths increased by 2.7 percentage points from 44.8% in 2015/16 to 47.5% in 2016/17.

• The proportion of school leavers achieving three or more A-levels at grades A* – C or equivalent was 40.7% in 2016/17, an increase of 4.3 percentage points from five years ago (36.4% in 2011/12).

• The proportion of school leavers continuing on to Institutions of Higher Education has increased slightly to 43.3% in 2016/17.  Overall, 96.0% of school leavers were recorded by their school as entering Education, Employment or Training.

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