Young people are taking fewer A-Levels as qualification reforms kick in and per-student spending falls | Dave Thomson

Post-16 education is in a period of flux, with major qualification reforms and a drop in per-student spending.

Reformed A-Levels began to be introduced from September 2015, with a concurrent decoupling of AS-Levels.

And, as the IFS have reported [PDF], spending per student in school sixth forms and further education has been falling since 2010/11.

What has been the impact so far on take-up of A-levels?

How many subjects are pupils taking?

We use data on Year 12 (Y12) students’ learning aims collected through the Autumn School Census each year. (Our analysis is restricted to schools,…

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