The new destination measure
New destination measures are being introduced which will focus on how students progress once they leave a school, college or training provider.
Destination measures for Key Stage 4 (KS4) and Key Stage 5 (KS5) will illustrate how successful institutions/ providers are in helping their students to progress post-16.
The government hopes that by publishing the destinations of students, schools and colleges will put greater focus on ensuring that all students:
- Achieve qualifications which provide them with the best opportunities for their future
- Receive the help, support and advice necessary to enable them to make choices about their next steps in education, training and/or employment and make successful transitions.
The aim is to initially publish data on the proportion of students that move on to participate in education, training or employment the year after they left.
The measures will be introduced in two phases. The first phase will include all education destinations and will be published alongside the KS4 and KS5 2011 Performance Tables in 2012. The second phase, which should be published from 2013, will include employment and work-based learning destinations.
By introducing the destination measures, the government is acknowledging that the choices and transitions that young people make at age 16 and 18 are crucial to their employment and earning prospects.
Careers guidance plays a pivotal role in ensuring that students make informed choices and successful transitions.
By allowing students to explore opportunities and understand which options might best suit them, students are more likely to progress into positive post-16 and post-18 destinations.
CASCAiD programs directly support these exploration and decision making activities. Kudos, Careerscape and Kudos Inspire are being used in KS4 and KS5 to help schools deliver guidance which leads students to positive destinations.
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