Educational qualifications are a determinant of an individual’s labour market position, which in turn influences income, housing and other material resources which are closely related to health and health inequalities. Public Health England’s Wider Determinants of Health profiles contain a section on education.
Overall, educational attainment in Trafford is better than the England average. For instance, in 2015/16, the proportion of young people in living in Trafford achieving 5 GCSEs at Grade A* to C including English and Maths (69.2%) was the highest in the North West, significantly higher than the England average (57.8%) and the highest among a group of 15 other similar authorities. However, 2013/14 data for electoral wards within Trafford show wide inequalities in this measure, with achievement ranging from 40.5% in Bucklow-St-Martin to 92.5% in Hale Central.
School readiness, expressed as the proportion achieving a good level of development at the end of Reception, in Trafford (74.7%) is also better than England average (71.8%) (Wider Determinants of Health, 2019). However, school readiness for children who are in receipt of free school meals, as a proxy measure of poverty, is similar (56.0%) to England average (56.5%) and is middle among the group of 15 other similar authorities (Wider Determinants of Health, 2019).
The proportion of 16-17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training in Trafford (5%) is statistically similar to England (5.5%). However, some other similar authorities do better on this indicator. In Stockport, Trafford’s statistical and geographical neighbour, the percentage is 3.5% and in Warrington, our nearest statistical neighbour, it is 3.7% (Wider Determinants of Health, 2019).
Information correct as of: 2nd February 2021