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Further And Higher Education

Volume 172: debated on Tuesday 15 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what percentage of 16-year-olds stay on in full-time education either at (a) school or (b) further/higher education institutions in (i) Cornwall and (ii) England.

A total of 27 per cent. of 16-year-olds participated in full-time education in school in Cornwall in 1987–88 and 24 per cent. of them did so in further or higher education institutions. The corresponding figures for England were 27 and 20 per cent. respectively.

Notes: These figures are based on the definitive census counts: the form 7 exercise in schools and the further education statistical record. They differ from the figures used to answer a slightly different question on 8 May which necessitated using a sample survey: the school leavers survey. Age is taken as at 31 August 1987.