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Best for teenagers in education

Malvern Editorial 8th Apr, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MALVERN is the best in the county for the number of teenagers who are in education or training.

Figures released by the Department for Education show 90.7 per cent of 16 to 17-year-olds in the town followed on from school – 2.9 per cent more than neighbouring Worcester.

Malvern also placed above the county average for those who carried on, which sat at 88.1 per cent as of December last year.

And 1,396 youngsters were in education or training in December 2014 in the town, compared to just 908 in December 2013.

The Worcestershire average has also risen by almost 20 per cent since December 2013, when only 68.9 per cent of teenagers were registered.

Significant improvements have further been made in the number of young people whose academic status is ‘known’ to Worcestershire County Council, with 93 per cent now available.

This is compared to 73.5 per cent in 2013.

John Edwards, Worcestershire County Council’s strategic commissioner for education services, said: “It is great to see this significant improvement in the number of young people taking part in education or training in Malvern Hills.

“2013 saw a disappointingly high amount of young people who were ‘unknown’ to us but, after we have improved our relationship with schools and colleges, and increased our resources to track these young people, this has improved dramatically.

“Improving outcomes for young people is one of our highest priorities so it is great to see that the range of opportunities available, as well as the support received from families and professionals, is encouraging more young people to further their education or training.”

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