Poor grades cause young to give up on ambitions
Poor exam results cause thousands of young
people to abandon their ambitions. New Prince's Trust research
shows that struggling school leavers need more vocational
New research from The Prince's Trust, supported by
HSBC, shows that one in six young people believes they will
“end up on benefits”, and this increases to more than one in three
among those leaving school with poor grades.
Young people with less than five GCSEs are almost twice as
likely as their peers to believe that they will “never amount to
anything” according to our new study, Abandoned Ambitions.
The Prince’s Trust is calling for more vocational support for
those leaving school with few qualifications, to help them into
jobs. Last year two-fifths of young people across England did
not achieve five GCSEs graded A*-C, including English and
Martina Milburn CBE, chief executive of The Prince’s Trust,
Thousands of young people’s ambitions are
crushed by exam results each year. Many of these young people have
faced problems at home or bullying at school, so their exam results
don’t reflect their true potential.
She went on to say: “It is now more important than ever to
invest in vocational support and training for young people who are
not academically successful. Government, employers and charities
must work together to get them into jobs. Without this, thousands
will struggle to compete, leaving them hopeless and jobless.”
Antonio Simoes, Head of HSBC in the UK, who supported the
We know that with the right support and
encouragement young people can achieve their goals and fulfil their
potential, regardless of their start in life.
He went on to say: "To support this, this summer we announced
our new Opportunity Partnership,
working with four UK youth charities, including The Prince’s Trust,
to help 25,000 disadvantaged young people into education, training
and work, enabling them to make a contribution to their family,
community and wider society.”
The research, based on interviews with 2,342 16 to 25-year-olds,
reveals that one in five young people claim they have “abandoned
their ambitions” due to their poor qualifications.
It also shows that one in ten young people believes their exam
results will “always” hold them back. This increases to a quarter
among those who left school with poor grades.
Young people with few qualifications often face significant
barriers to learning at home, according to the report.
Those who left school with few qualifications are twice as
likely as their peers to say that they “struggled to concentrate on
schoolwork due to family problems” and that their “homelife
was so stressful that they struggled to focus” . They are also
significantly less likely to have had access to a computer, the
internet or a quiet place to do their schoolwork at home .
This summer, The Prince’s Trust is running its Summer Sessions campaign, supported by HSBC, to
inspire young people who are worried about exam results, struggling
to find work or feeling hopeless about the future. Three in four
young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education or
There was a live-streamed Youth
Forum at 1pm on Friday 16th August. You can watch highlights of the event here.