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Baker Dearing comments on destination data being removed from ILR

Following a decision by the Education and Skills Funding Agency to remove the requirement for post-16 education settings to provide student destination data as part of the Individualised Student Record, Baker Dearing Educational Trust Chief Executive Simon Connell has called for the decision to be removed…

Simon told the education news publication FE Week:
 
“The decision to remove destination and progression data from the ILR should be reviewed.
 
“Knowing where young people progress to once they leave school – whether that is university, an apprenticeship, employment or nowhere – is useful for measuring how education is tackling skills gaps and promoting economic growth.
 
“Student destinations can also be a powerful testimony to the value of education. Over more than a decade, the Baker Dearing Educational Trust has seen students who had written off their education before attending a University Technical College progress onto life-changing roles in industry, business, or the military.
 
“A recent evaluation of the UTC programme also found that students appreciate being made aware of potential progression routes and have strong opinions on what they want to do once they leave the UTC.
 
“If we value young people progressing onto positive destinations once they leave education, providers must be held to the mark on student destinations. Focusing just on results and attainment is a mere half measure.”
The full FE Week story can be read here: https://feweek.co.uk/destinations-unknown-ilr-data-cut-angers-mcas/