Whilst tertiary education plays an important role in supporting a growing economy, in more deprived parts of the area educational attainment is low. Norwich has slightly lower than the national average percentage of people educated to NVQ4 level33 (first year of degree level). It also has above the national average level of 16-17-year olds not in education, employment or training (NEETs)34 at 9.2%. Norwich performs particularly poorly for social mobility35 with an overall ranking of 294th out of 324 local authority areas in 2017.
The picture for education and social mobility in Broadland and South Norfolk is generally better. Broadland has the lowest levels of 16-18-year olds who are NEET in the country at 3.3%, above the national average of residents educated to NVQ4 level, and higher levels of social mobility ranked at 93rd. South Norfolk has 3.9% of 16 to 18-year olds who are NEET, is ranked 152nd in the social mobility index, but has lower than national average figures for percentage of the population educated to NVQ4 level.
The GNLP will need to plan for inclusive growth to help to address social mobility and educational attainment issues.
As of May 2019, there are 24 secondary and 149 primary schools in Greater Norwich. The GNLP will need to make provision for additional schools and school places to serve growth.
33Source: Nomis Norwich has 38.5% of its population educated to NVQ4 level and above, Broadland 39.7% and South Norfolk 36.9%. The Great Britain figure is 39.3%.
34Source: Government NEET statistics