Full-Time A Level Learners Aged 16-18 Years – Diversity (2021-22 Year-End)
Impact on Diversity and Inclusion
Learning difficulty or disability
Dudley Sixth continues to support a very diverse learner body.
2021/22 continued to see more female learners choose to study A levels than male learners. Females achieved at a marginally higher rate than males (+2.3%), which is broadly in line with the previous year. The A Level ethnicity profile shows our learners are more diverse than the local community and in line with the previous year with 38% of our learners from minority groups who make up 11.9% of the local population. It is good to see an improvement in the achievement of learners whose ethnicity is ‘black’ which is now comparable with other groups, however we have instead seen a slight drop in achievement for learners whose identity is ‘mixed’. We will work closely with this group in the coming year to see if improvements can be made.
Dudley Sixth supports a number of students with learning difficulties or disabilities through a wide range of support mechanisms, although the proportion of learners declaring a disability/learning difficulty has fallen significantly in 2021/22 – down to 51 compared to 94 in 2020/21. Achievement rates of this group is slightly higher than their peers which may be as a result of the heightened focus applied to reducing the lower achievement rate of the previous year.