Completion rate for primary and lower secondary education is used. For upper secondary education completion rate a proxy for GCSE attainment at KS4 (in state-funded schools) is used.

This indicator contains some alternative data to those specified by the United Nations (UN). This indicator is the most suitable match currently available.


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Headline data

Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics and The World Bank

Geographical Area: United Kingdom for completion rate, England for KS4 Achievement

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)


Primary and Lower secondary completion rates do not adjust for students who drop out during the final year of education. Thus this rate is a proxy that should be taken as an upper estimate of the actual completion rate.

Please note the y axis does not go to 100% for ease of visualisation.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

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