School age children in Derby
To achieve equity from the start, investment in the early years is crucial. However, maintaining the reduction of inequalities across the gradient also requires a sustained commitment to children and young people through the years of education.
Central to this is the acquisition of cognitive and non-cognitive skills, which are strongly associated with both educational achievement and a whole range of other outcomes including better employment, income and physical and mental health.
Overall, success in education brings many advantages. If we are serious about reducing both social and health inequalities, we must maintain our focus on improving educational outcomes across the gradient.
Children and young people in Derby have poorer outcomes on average when compared to their peers in England. Derby has significantly:
- lower developmental achievement at the end of Reception Year
- lower proportion of GCSEs achieved (5 A*- C including English and maths)
- higher proportion of 16 to 18 year olds not in education, employment or training
- higher levels of first time entrants into the youth justice system
- higher volumes of hospital admission as a result of self-harm.
Children and young people in Derby do however, require significantly fewer hospital admissions for dental caries and certain long-term conditions, such as Asthma. This would indicate better management of those conditions in a primary care setting.
The latest nationally published information on childhood health and wellbeing can be found in the interactive tools Child Health Profiles and Children and Young People's Health Benchmarking Tool produced by Public Health England.
Public Health England's Local Health provides an interactive geographical tool showing a range of health and related measures at Clinical Commissioning Group, local authority and ward-level information.
Additionally, a range of information including health, is provided for each of Derby's seventeen wards and can be found within the quick ward profiles on the info4derby website.
Derby’s Integrated Commissioning Strategy for Children and Young People commits to a joint way of working and aims to improve outcomes through better integrated commissioning.
Derby's Children and Young Peoples Plan (CYP Plan) sets out what we want to achieve as a partnership to address the needs of all children and young people, their families and carers.
The pages in this section explore the level of need in this population in relation to these focused subject areas.