Destinations Data

Education – in the House of Commons on 22nd June 2020.

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Photo of David Johnston David Johnston Conservative, Wantage

What steps he is taking to use destinations data to assess the effectiveness of schools and colleges.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Education

My hon. Friend is right to raise the important role of destinations data. It is great to see that King Alfred’s Academy in his constituency has seen 91% of 2017 leavers go on to further education, employment or an apprenticeship, which is above the average for England.

Photo of David Johnston David Johnston Conservative, Wantage

Does my right hon. Friend agree that destinations data is particularly important in the light of covid, and that we need our schools focused on helping young people to the destinations to which they were on track before lockdown, and our colleges, universities and employers taking due account of the loss of learning when making their decisions?

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Education

We must never lose sight of how important it is to know what youngsters end up going on to do. Yes, we want them to leave school, college or university as well-rounded individuals with all the tools they need to succeed in life, but they have to be tools that lead them into employment so that they can continue to succeed. That is why destinations data is so important, and why it is quite right that Ofsted attaches such high importance to it.