One in 10 GCSE resit students gets C grade by 19

Education charity Impetus-PEF calls for additional funding for 16-19 education to help more young people achieve a good GCSE pass.

 

Just 12 per cent of students who fail to attain an A*-C in English or maths at 16 go on to do so by 19, according to new research.

 

The report by youth and education charity Impetus-PEF calls for additional funding for 16-19 education. Life after school: Confronting the crisis, argues that “GCSE catch-up provision is not working for young people who need to attain these grades post-16, irrespective of their background or where they study”.

 

Among young people eligible for free school meals (FSM) who do not secure grade C or above at 16, only 17 per cent go on to catch up in English by 19, and just 8 per cent catch up in maths. In comparison, of their peers who are not eligible for FSM, 25 per cent catch up in English by age 19; and 13 per cent catch up in maths.

 

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