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Further Education

Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds in (a) Suffolk and (b) Bury St. Edmunds in education have gone on to further education in each of the last five years. [108779]

The percentage of 16 and 17-year-olds participating in full-time education for Suffolk LEA in each of the last five years for which data are available is set out in the table. Data on the percentage of students participating in post-compulsory education are not calculated for areas smaller than LEAs as reliable estimates cannot be made. Participation rates at sub-national level are available only for 16 and 17-year-olds. Bury St. Edmunds is part of Suffolk LEA.

Participation in full-time education in Suffolk LEA
Percentage of age group
End 1996End 1997End 1998End 1999End 2000
Participation in education and training
Full-time educationTotal education and training2
LEAEnd 1998End 1999End 2000End 1998End 1999End 2000
16 year olds
17 year olds
16 and 17 year olds combined
1 Percentage of age group.
2 Includes full and part-time participation in education and Government Supported Training, counting those in both education and Government Supported Training only once. Participation rates by LEA for 16 and 17 year olds are published in an annual statistical bulletin, 'Participation in Education and Training by 16 and 17 Year Olds in Each Local Area in England'.