Education, Skills & Learning
This section of the site provides information on Education, Skills and Learning in Somerset.
Key facts for Somerset:-
- Somerset has 268 state-funded schools, including academies, special schools, free schools and pupil referral units (January 2020 school census).
- 71,190 pupils are in state-funded education and 8,124 in independent schools (January 2020).
- There are four further Education (FE) colleges and no universities.
- In 2019, the proportion of five-year olds achieving a good level of development (GLD) at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was 71.4%, in line with the England average (71.8%).
- 61% of Key Stage 2 pupils achieved the Expected Standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics in 2019, compared to a national average of 65%.
- 62% of Key Stage 4 students achieved GCSE standard passes (grade 9-4) in English and Mathematics in 2019, marginally below the national average of 63%.
- The January 2020 School Census identified 10,461 pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) attending state-funded schools, representing 14.7% of all pupils.
- As at March 2020, 83% of state-funded schools were judged to be good or outstanding by Ofsted, slightly below the national average (86%).
- The proportion of Somerset pupils going into Higher Education (HE) is consistently below the national average (39% of state-funded mainstream pupils in 2017/18, compared to 49% nationally). (DfE)
- More than one in four (25.6%) of Somerset residents aged 16 or over have a Level 4 (degree or equivalent) qualification. This is below the England and Wales average of 27.2% (2011 Census)
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