Only three quarters of Croydon's 16 and 17 year olds in education or training, according to Department for Education stats

Figures show only 76.5 per cent of 16 and 17-year-olds in Croydon are in education or training

Figures show only 76.5 per cent of 16 and 17-year-olds in Croydon are in education or training

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Croydon has one of the country’s lowest rates of 16 and 17 year olds in education or training, according to recently released figures.

The Department for Education says nationwide the number of children in this age group in education or training comes in at 89.8 per cent.

But in the borough this figure is much lower, at 76.5 per cent.

There is good news however as Croydon’s participation rate is 5.1 per cent higher than it was in December 2012.

But a Croydon Council spokesman said the figures are not accurate.

He said: “Our data is not yet as accurate and reliable as we would like and the data does not therefore paint a true picture of the borough’s situation.

“Work is being done to improve the data and we expect it to report the correct participation rate in the near future.“


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