Success for Rotherham’s Early Help Services sees more young people in further education

Published Monday, 8th February 2016
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More of Rotherham’s young people are accessing further education and training, latest statistics show.

The Department of Education’s September Guarantee statistics reveal that Rotherham has a 97% success rate of students aged 16 and 17 receiving offers of further education.

The borough has seen a 5 percent increase since 2014, with improvements seen particularly in 17 year olds continuing in education after a year at college, sixth form or with a training provider or apprenticeship.

Rotherham Education providers and Rotherham Council’s Early Help for Children and Families (part of Children and Young Peoples Services), have worked together to support 16 and 17 year-olds to continue their path in higher education in year 11 and 12 respectively, through sixth form, apprenticeships, training providers or college courses.

The Council has worked closely with education providers to support students’ online applications to further education opportunities; as well as providing guidance and help to those who didn’t receive offers through their own application to find and retain alternative routes to education.

Cllr Watson, Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council: "These statistics showcase the positive effect the support networks in place for 16 and 17 year olds in education have had over the past year, and I’m delighted.

"It’s indicative of our work together with the education providers in Rotherham and I’m thrilled to see how many young people are going into and retaining placements in further education."

David McWilliams, Assistant Director, Early Help and Family Engagement added: "First and foremost this is great news for all those young people who are continuing with their education, training and learning. It also reflects positively on the quality of the Early Help support within our new locality-based teams who have maintained positive relationships with young people, colleges and learning providers."

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