There is a fairly significant gap between educational attainment between girls and boys at age five in Hackney in 2014/15, and this is again seen at GCSE level. By adulthood, there is no difference between the proportion of women and men who have a higher education qualification in Hackney (see Figure 2).

Figure 2: Educational attainment levels and qualifications over the life course in Hackney, by gender (2014/15)

Girls do better in early years and in GCSEs
Figure 2: Educational attainment levels and qualifications over the life course in Hackney, by gender (2014/15)

Source: Department for Education (school qualifications), ONS Census 2011 (adult qualifications).Note: Adult education data are from 2011

The 2011 Census shows that in the City 76% of the male resident population has a level 4 qualification and above, compared to 65% of the female resident population (see Figure 3). Six per cent of City male residents have no qualifications compared to 8% of City female residents.

Figure 3: Percentage of adults in the City with no qualifications and at least level 4 qualifications, by gender (2011)

More female adults with no qualifications, and fewer females have level 4 qualifications
Figure 3: Percentage of adults in the City with no qualifications and at least level 4 qualifications, by gender (2011)

Source: ONS Census

This section describes variations in key education (and related) outcomes by different equalities groups. This analysis is not possible for the City due to small numbers which may compromise anonymity of the data, except for adult education levels which are taken from the 2011 Census (where the sample size was much larger).

Please note that unequal educational attainment is often a marker of inequalities in barriers and opportunities, and should not be seen as indicative of lower innate ability. There are many factors that relate to educational attainment. Analysis has not been undertaken looking at pupils who may face multiple disadvantage. The aim of this section is to provide a snapshot overview of inequalities that persist in educational performance in Hackney and the City.