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Top 20 Key Performance Indicators
Wiltshires top 20 Key Performance Indicators and comparisons to their statistical neighbours

EES 1: Number of Businesses created and sustained

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The 2,315 new businesses under 2 years old in Wiltshire represents a survival rate of 94.1%, this is higher than nationally where new businesses under 2 years old have a survival rate of 93.5% and in line with Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (94.1%). This data was sourced from the Business Demography 2014 released November 2015.

EES 2: Number of Jobs Created with the Involvement of the Economic Development and Planning at Wiltshire Council

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There were 400 jobs created in the first quarter 2016/17. A brief breakdown of some of the jobs is as follows: 15 jobs through Wiltshire Business Support Service, <5 through Gateway to Growth, 50 through The Enterprise Network, 40 though Leader grants, 300 in the energy and utilities sector and 40 in the retail sector. There are approximately 2,310 potential jobs in the pipeline. This measure only reflects new jobs created with direct Wiltshire Council involvement. This data was sourced from the Economic Development and Planning Performance figures for Q1 (Apr-Jun), 2015/16.

EES 3: Average Resident Pay Rate

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The average resident in Wiltshire earns £518.00 a week, which ranks the county 74 nationally. This amount is lower than the national average (£529.60 per week) as well as the counties statistical neighbours (£530.10). This measure refers to Wiltshire residents who commute out of the county and are generally better paid. This data is sourced from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Resident analysis via NOMIS for 2015.

EES 4: Average Workplace Pay Rate

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Wiltshire workplaces pay significantly less than its statistical neighbours (£509.10 per week) and the national average (£529.00 per week). This measure refers to the pay rate for jobs within the county. Last year Wiltshire was ranked 93 nationally. This data is sourced from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Resident analysis via NOMIS for 2015.

EES 5: Percentage of Employers Reporting Skills Gaps

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In 2015 there were 1900 establishments (12% of all employers) that reported having skills gaps in their work force. This proportion compares well with Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (14.6%) and (National (14%). The incidence of skills gaps in Wiltshire were reported as follows: 3% of managers, 2% of professionals, 3% of administrative/clerical staff, 2% of skilled trades, 1% of caring, leisure and other services staff, 2% of sales and customers service staff, 1% machine operatives and. 3% of elementary staff. Overall that's 4% of high-skilled jobs, 5% of middle-skilled jobs, 3% of service-intensive and 3% of labour-intensive jobs. For skills gaps, Wiltshire is ranked very well (joint 13 nationally) compared to the other 152 counties. This data was sourced from the UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015, table 45.

EES 6: Percentage of Workless Households

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Wiltshire has a lower rate than its statistical neighbours (11.8%) of workless households, and had the largest percentage decrease on the previous year (4.8%). Wiltshire has now returned to pre-recession levels, but with the introduction of Universal Credit may mean that this becomes more difficult to measure. Out of work benefit won't exist when U.C comes in, as it will be for single people who aren't homeowners. This data was sourced from Workless Households for Regions across the UK, 2014, published 2015.

EES 7: Percentage of Children Living in Poverty

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Wiltshire compares favourably to its Statistical Neighbours (11.7%) and the National level (18%), for the percentage of children living in poverty. However in work poverty is increasing and currently the Government is debating an alternative method of measuring poverty. Currently the challenge is making people aware of the benefits available to them e.g. childcare relief. For this measure, Wiltshire is ranked well nationally, joint 12. This data was sourced from HMRC statistics Personal tax credits: Children in low-income families' local measure 2013 published September 2015.

EES 8: Percentage of the Working Age Population Claiming at Least One Form of Out of Work Benefit

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Wiltshire is back to pre-recession levels for the amount of people claiming at least one form of out of work benefit. The main out-of-work benefits include the groups: job seekers, ESA and incapacity benefits, lone parents and others on income related benefits. Wiltshire compares favourably with the national average (9.0%) and also better than its statistical neighbours (6.2%). Wiltshire has been running a pilot programme targeting more intensive support collaborating with NHS, CCG, to support people into sustainable work, and working with employers to support them to take on older workers. Healthier trainers in Job Centres are also being piloted in Chippenham. Wiltshire is ranked well nationally, joint 16. This data was sourced from NOMIS (Key out-of-work benefits) February 2016.

EES 9: Percentage of Working Age Population Claiming JSA

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As of February 2016 Wiltshire had 1,780 individuals claiming Job Seekers Allowance, which ranks Wiltshire highly at joint 7 nationally out of 152 counties. Wiltshire is marginally better than its statistical neighbours (0.7%), and the National average (1.5%). This data was sourced from NOMIS February 2016.

EES 10: Percentage of the Working Age Population Claiming ESA

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Wiltshire has only 12,030 individuals claiming Employment Support Allowance, which represents 4.1% of the counties working age (16-64) population. This figure compares favourably with national levels (6.2%) and is back to pre-recession levels; it is also slightly better than Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (4.6%). The amount has remained largely static, with an early intervention strategy in place to contact ESA claimants earlier. As of February Wiltshire was one of the topped ranked counties nationally, ranking joint 23 out of 152. This data is sourced from NOMIS February 2016.

EES 11: Percentage of 16 and 17 Year Olds Participating

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In July 2016 91.9% of 10,690 individuals aged 16-17 (academic age) were in education, employment or training. This ranks Wiltshire joint 58 nationally and is better than its statistical neighbours (90.3%) and the national average (90.3%). This data was sourced from the national client caseload information system July 2016.

EES 12: Percentage of Key Stage 5 Entering Education, Employment Training Destination

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In 2013/14 1,870 Key Stage 5 leavers entered education, employment or training. This was a huge increase on the previous year and closed the gap significantly between Wiltshire and its statistical neighbours (70%). However, Wiltshire is still down compared to the national average (73%). In 2010, Wiltshire took the decision to focus on 16-17 year olds, as such it must be remembered that this is lagged data and since then there have been changes in focus and the RPA has been introduced therefore cohorts in this year would be expected to improve. For 21% of individuals their activity was not captured (600 individuals). Wiltshire is ranked joint 140 nationally, out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from destinations data published by DFE in January 2016 for mainstream schools 2012/13 cohort in 2013/14.

EES 13: Number of Traineeship Starts for 16 - 24 Year Olds

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The number of Traineeship starts in 2014/15 matches the previous year’s figures. GWP has been working with providers to increase the number of starts in Wiltshire (and Swindon) and Prospect Training in Gloucestershire who run a very effective traineeship programme has been sharing their model with local providers.  Some of the reasons for the difference in starts against statistical neighbours is that in Gloucestershire their programme started much earlier, and until recently Wiltshire College were unable to deliver any traineeships until they became Grade 2 Ofsted. When looking at Traineeship starts compared to the 15-24 year old population, Wiltshire (0.4) has one of the lowest rates of starts per 1000 of population, along with Shropshire (0.3) and West Sussex (0.3). For Wiltshire's statistical neighbours the average was 1 start per 1000 population, with Gloucestershire fairing far better than its neighbours with 2 starts per 1000, as such is seeing the benefits of starting its traineeships programmes earlier than others. This data was sourced from the FE Data Library.

EES 14: Number of Supported Internship Starts for 16 - 24 Year Olds

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Wiltshire Council's Supported Internships Programme commenced in September 2014. In the second tranche, the council increased from 8 to 12 Supported Internships and has continued to grow in 2016 with additional pilots being run at Fairfield Farm College and Swindon College.

EES 15: Number of Apprenticeship Starts

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Apprenticeship starts have increased compared to the previous year, with the over 25s are the age benefitting most from Apprenticeships. More are required from the Local Authority as a large employer to invest in Apprenticeships, drive growth and raise standards through supply chains and by example. Per 1000 population aged 16-64 years old, Wilshire had 18.3 Apprenticeship starts in 2014/15, this compares very well against its statistical neighbours, with only Shropshire (20.8) and Dorset (24.1) having more Apprenticeship starts. Wiltshire Apprenticeship starts for 2015/16 from August to April were 4660. This data is sourced from the FE: Data Library and County Populations sourced from Nomis.

EES 16: Percentage of Residents Qualified to Level 4 and Above

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Over the last year, Wiltshire has seen a decrease of 6,300 individuals qualified to level 4 or above, the county currently has 107,200 individuals qualified to this level. Wiltshire compares well with the National average (37.1%) but is significantly down compared to its statistical neighbours (40.9%). An age breakdown of who has a level 4+ qualification is as follows: 20-24 year olds (17.6% of age group) has decreased from 8,200 to 3,900 individuals; 25-29 year olds (38.9% of age group) has decreased by 200 to 10,500 individuals; 30-39 year olds (44% of age group) has decreased by 600 to 24,300 individuals; 40-49 year olds (43.7% of age group) increased by 300 to 30,300 individuals and  50-64 year olds (41.3% of age group) decreased by 1,700 to 38,700 individuals. Nationally Wiltshire is ranked 58 out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from NOMIS for December 2015.

EES 17: Percentage of Pupils at the End of Key Stage 4 Achieving at GCSE and Equivalents, 5+ A* - C Including English and Maths

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Wiltshire had a good improvement on the previous year for those achieving 5 or more A*-C GCSEs or equivalent qualification including English and maths. Wiltshire was higher than the national average for all schools (53.8%) and significantly higher than nationally state funded schools (57.1%), and was also slightly better than the county's statistical neighbours (59.6%). This data was sourced from the DfE School Performance Tables KS4 2015 results, and ranks Wiltshire in the top third Nationally (38).

EES 18: Percentage of People with a Level 2 with English and Maths who Achieved at 19 who didn't Achieve at 16

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The county was marginally lower than its statistical neighbours (25.02%) for those achieving a level 2 qualification with English and maths by 19 years of age who didn't achieve this at 16. In 2015, Wiltshire had 480 individuals achieve this which is a significant improvement on the previous year and above the National average (22.3%). Wiltshire is ranked 45 out of 152 counties for this measure. This data is sourced from the LAIT September 2016 showing March 2016's data for people aged 19 in 2015.

EES 19: Percentage of Care Leavers at Age 19 - 21 in Education, Employment or Training

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Wiltshire had 49% (70individuals) of its care leavers aged 19-21 in education, employment or training. This is significantly better than Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (45%) and national average (48%). For this measure Wiltshire is ranked 70 nationally out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from the LAIT September 2016, most recent data published February 2016.

EES 20: Percentage of Key Stage Four Pupils from Disadvantaged Backgrounds Achieving Five GCSEs at Grades A*-C including English and Maths

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Wiltshire had a significant improvement on the previous year for Key Stage 4 performance from young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and is in line with its statistical neighbours (33.35%); but the county is still below the national level (36.8%). Nationally Wiltshire is ranked 92. This data was sourced from LAIT September 2016 from 2014/15 Results data last updated January 2016.

EES 1: New businesses created and sustained

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The 2,315 new businesses under 2 years old in Wiltshire represents a survival rate of 94.1%, this is higher than nationally where new businesses under 2 years old have a survival rate of 93.5% and in line with Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (94.1%). This data was sourced from the Business Demography 2014 released November 2015.

EES 2: Number of jobs created with the involvement of ED&P at Wiltshire Council

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There were 400 jobs created in the first quarter 2016/17. A brief breakdown of some of the jobs is as follows: 15 jobs through Wiltshire Business Support Service, <5 through Gateway to Growth, 50 through The Enterprise Network, 40 though Leader grants, 300 in the energy and utilities sector and 40 in the retail sector. There are approximately 2,310 potential jobs in the pipeline. This measure only reflects new jobs created with direct Wiltshire Council involvement. This data was sourced from the Economic Development and Planning Performance figures for Q1 (Apr-Jun), 2015/16.

EES 3: Average resident pay rate (gross per week)

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The average resident in Wiltshire earns £518.00 a week, which ranks the county 74 nationally. This amount is lower than the national average (£529.60 per week) as well as the counties statistical neighbours (£530.10). This measure refers to Wiltshire residents who commute out of the county and are generally better paid. This data is sourced from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Resident analysis via NOMIS for 2015.

EES 4: Average workplace pay rate (gross per week)

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Wiltshire workplaces pay significantly less than its statistical neighbours (£509.10 per week) and the national average (£529.00 per week). This measure refers to the pay rate for jobs within the county. Last year Wiltshire was ranked 93 nationally. This data is sourced from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. Resident analysis via NOMIS for 2015.

EES 5: Percentage of employers reporting skills gaps

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In 2015 there were 1900 establishments (12% of all employers) that reported having skills gaps in their work force. This proportion compares well with Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (14.6%) and (National (14%). The incidence of skills gaps in Wiltshire were reported as follows: 3% of managers, 2% of professionals, 3% of administrative/clerical staff, 2% of skilled trades, 1% of caring, leisure and other services staff, 2% of sales and customers service staff, 1% machine operatives and. 3% of elementary staff. Overall that's 4% of high-skilled jobs, 5% of middle-skilled jobs, 3% of service-intensive and 3% of labour-intensive jobs. For skills gaps, Wiltshire is ranked very well (joint 13 nationally) compared to the other 152 counties. This data was sourced from the UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015, table 45.

EES 6: Percentage of workless households

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Wiltshire has a lower rate than its statistical neighbours (11.8%) of workless households, and had the largest percentage decrease on the previous year (4.8%). Wiltshire has now returned to pre-recession levels, but with the introduction of Universal Credit may mean that this becomes more difficult to measure. Out of work benefit won't exist when U.C comes in, as it will be for single people who aren't homeowners. This data was sourced from Workless Households for Regions across the UK, 2014, published 2015.

EES 7: Percentage of children living in poverty

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Wiltshire compares favourably to its Statistical Neighbours (11.7%) and the National level (18%), for the percentage of children living in poverty. However in work poverty is increasing and currently the Government is debating an alternative method of measuring poverty. Currently the challenge is making people aware of the benefits available to them e.g. childcare relief. For this measure, Wiltshire is ranked well nationally, joint 12. This data was sourced from HMRC statistics Personal tax credits: Children in low-income families' local measure 2013 published September 2015.

EES 8: Percentage of working age population claiming at least one form of out of work benefit

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Wiltshire is back to pre-recession levels for the amount of people claiming at least one form of out of work benefit. The main out-of-work benefits include the groups: job seekers, ESA and incapacity benefits, lone parents and others on income related benefits. Wiltshire compares favourably with the national average (9.0%) and also better than its statistical neighbours (6.2%). Wiltshire has been running a pilot programme targeting more intensive support collaborating with NHS, CCG, to support people into sustainable work, and working with employers to support them to take on older workers. Healthier trainers in Job Centres are also being piloted in Chippenham. Wiltshire is ranked well nationally, joint 16. This data was sourced from NOMIS (Key out-of-work benefits) February 2016.

EES 9: Percentage of working age population claiming JSA

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As of February 2016 Wiltshire had 1,780 individuals claiming Job Seekers Allowance, which ranks Wiltshire highly at joint 7 nationally out of 152 counties. Wiltshire is marginally better than its statistical neighbours (0.7%), and the National average (1.5%). This data was sourced from NOMIS February 2016.

EES 10: Percentage of working age population claiming ESA

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Wiltshire has only 12,030 individuals claiming Employment Support Allowance, which represents 4.1% of the counties working age (16-64) population. This figure compares favourably with national levels (6.2%) and is back to pre-recession levels; it is also slightly better than Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (4.6%). The amount has remained largely static, with an early intervention strategy in place to contact ESA claimants earlier. As of February Wiltshire was one of the topped ranked counties nationally, ranking joint 23 out of 152. This data is sourced from NOMIS February 2016.

EES 11: Percentage of young people of academic age 16 and 17 participating

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In July 2016 91.9% of 10,690 individuals aged 16-17 (academic age) were in education, employment or training. This ranks Wiltshire joint 58 nationally and is better than its statistical neighbours (90.3%) and the national average (90.3%). This data was sourced from the national client caseload information system July 2016.

EES 12: Percentage of Key Stage 5 students who entered an A level or other L3 qualification going on to or remaining in an education or employment destination

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In 2013/14 1,870 Key Stage 5 leavers entered education, employment or training. This was a huge increase on the previous year and closed the gap significantly between Wiltshire and its statistical neighbours (70%). However, Wiltshire is still down compared to the national average (73%). In 2010, Wiltshire took the decision to focus on 16-17 year olds, as such it must be remembered that this is lagged data and since then there have been changes in focus and the RPA has been introduced therefore cohorts in this year would be expected to improve. For 21% of individuals their activity was not captured (600 individuals). Wiltshire is ranked joint 140 nationally, out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from destinations data published by DFE in January 2016 for mainstream schools 2012/13 cohort in 2013/14.

EES 13: Number of Traineeship starts for 16-24 year olds

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The number of Traineeship starts in 2014/15 matches the previous year’s figures. GWP has been working with providers to increase the number of starts in Wiltshire (and Swindon) and Prospect Training in Gloucestershire who run a very effective traineeship programme has been sharing their model with local providers.  Some of the reasons for the difference in starts against statistical neighbours is that in Gloucestershire their programme started much earlier, and until recently Wiltshire College were unable to deliver any traineeships until they became Grade 2 Ofsted. When looking at Traineeship starts compared to the 15-24 year old population, Wiltshire (0.4) has one of the lowest rates of starts per 1000 of population, along with Shropshire (0.3) and West Sussex (0.3). For Wiltshire's statistical neighbours the average was 1 start per 1000 population, with Gloucestershire fairing far better than its neighbours with 2 starts per 1000, as such is seeing the benefits of starting its traineeships programmes earlier than others. This data was sourced from the FE Data Library.

EES 14: Number of supported internship starts for 16-24 year olds

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Wiltshire Council's Supported Internships Programme commenced in September 2014. In the second tranche, the council increased from 8 to 12 Supported Internships and has continued to grow in 2016 with additional pilots being run at Fairfield Farm College and Swindon College.

EES 15: Number of Apprenticeship starts

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Apprenticeship starts have increased compared to the previous year, with the over 25s are the age benefitting most from Apprenticeships. More are required from the Local Authority as a large employer to invest in Apprenticeships, drive growth and raise standards through supply chains and by example. Per 1000 population aged 16-64 years old, Wilshire had 18.3 Apprenticeship starts in 2014/15, this compares very well against its statistical neighbours, with only Shropshire (20.8) and Dorset (24.1) having more Apprenticeship starts. Wiltshire Apprenticeship starts for 2015/16 from August to April were 4660. This data is sourced from the FE: Data Library and County Populations sourced from Nomis.

EES 16: Percentage of residents qualified to Level 4 and above

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Over the last year, Wiltshire has seen a decrease of 6,300 individuals qualified to level 4 or above, the county currently has 107,200 individuals qualified to this level. Wiltshire compares well with the National average (37.1%) but is significantly down compared to its statistical neighbours (40.9%). An age breakdown of who has a level 4+ qualification is as follows: 20-24 year olds (17.6% of age group) has decreased from 8,200 to 3,900 individuals; 25-29 year olds (38.9% of age group) has decreased by 200 to 10,500 individuals; 30-39 year olds (44% of age group) has decreased by 600 to 24,300 individuals; 40-49 year olds (43.7% of age group) increased by 300 to 30,300 individuals and 50-64 year olds (41.3% of age group) decreased by 1,700 to 38,700 individuals. Nationally Wiltshire is ranked 58 out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from NOMIS for December 2015.

EES 17: Percentage of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieving at GCSE and equivilents, 5+ A* - C including English and Maths

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Wiltshire had a good improvement on the previous year for those achieving 5 or more A*-C GCSEs or equivalent qualification including English and maths. Wiltshire was higher than the national average for all schools (53.8%) and significantly higher than nationally state funded schools (57.1%), and was also slightly better than the county's statistical neighbours (59.6%). This data was sourced from the DfE School Performance Tables KS4 2015 results, and ranks Wiltshire in the top third Nationally (38).

EES 18: Percentage of people with a Level 2 with English and Maths who achieved at 19 who didn't achieve at 16

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The county was marginally lower than its statistical neighbours (25.02%) for those achieving a level 2 qualification with English and maths by 19 years of age who didn't achieve this at 16. In 2015, Wiltshire had 480 individuals achieve this which is a significant improvement on the previous year and above the National average (22.3%). Wiltshire is ranked 45 out of 152 counties for this measure. This data is sourced from the LAIT September 2016 showing March 2016's data for people aged 19 in 2015.

EES 19: Percentage of care leavers at age 19 - 21 in Education, Employment or Training

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Wiltshire had 49% (70individuals) of its care leavers aged 19-21 in education, employment or training. This is significantly better than Wiltshire's statistical neighbours (45%) and national average (48%). For this measure Wiltshire is ranked 70 nationally out of 152 counties. This data was sourced from the LAIT September 2016, most recent data published February 2016.

EES 20: Percentage of Key Stage Four pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds achieving five GCSEs at grades A*-C inc. English and Maths

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Wiltshire had a significant improvement on the previous year for Key Stage 4 performance from young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and is in line with its statistical neighbours (33.35%); but the county is still below the national level (36.8%). Nationally Wiltshire is ranked 92. This data was sourced from LAIT September 2016 from 2014/15 Results data last updated January 2016.