Pupils 'expect' life on benefits

One in six young people in the North East "expects to end up on benefits", according to a new report by the Prince's Trust. Among UK school leavers with poor exam results, the number rises to one in three.

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Full report: Pupils "expect" life on benefits

More than one in six young people living in the North East expect to end up on benefits. The research, published by The Prince's Trust, also found 40 per cent of young people here did not achieve five GCSEs graded A star to C last year.

With this year's results just days away, the youth charity is calling for more vocational support for school leavers who may be struggling.

Claire Montgomery reports.

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Prince's Trust: Govt need to do more for failing children

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.

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.

– – MARTINA MILBURN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE PRINCE'S TRUST

One in six North East teenagers "expects to end up on benefits"

One in six young people in the North East expects to end up living on benefits, according to a new report by the Prince's Trust - a charity that works with disadvantaged young people.

The research is based on interviews with 2,342 people aged 16-25.

  • 1 in 10 believes their exam results will "always hold them back"
  • 1 in 5 admits they will always feel inferior to those who did better at school
  • Nationally, 1 in 3 school leavers with poor results expects to end up on benefits
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