To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds in Stoke-on-Trent LEA have moved into (a) further education and (b) higher education over the last five years; what percentage the figures represent of the total number of 16 to 18-year-olds in the area; and what the national average figures are. 
The information is as follows:
(a) The percentages of 16 and 17-year-olds participating in full-time education in Stoke-on-Trent LEA, in the four years for which data are available are set out in the table. Prior to 1997/98 Stoke on Trent LEA was part of Staffordshire LEA. Participation rates at sub-national level are only available for 16 and 17-year-olds.
Participation in full-time further education1
Percentage of age group
17- year- olds
1 Includes participation in schools, sixth form colleges and further and higher education institutions.
Population data do not include any revisions following the 2001 census.
DfES Statistical Bulletin, published 16 December 2002.
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'. This bulletin is available on the departmental website www.dfes.gov.uk/statistics.
(b) The proportion of students domiciled in Stoke-on-Trent LEA and England, aged 18 and accepted through UCAS to full-time undergraduate courses in the UK is given in the table.
18-year-olds accepted to HE
Proportion entering Higher Education (Percentage)
|Autumn 1997 entry||2,900||331||11.3|
|Autumn 1998 entry||3,000||360||11.9|
|Autumn 1999 entry||3,100||339||11.0|
|Autumn 2000 entry||3,000||382||12.8|
|Autumn 2001 entry||3,100||502||16.1|
|Autumn 2002 entry||3,000||431||14.6|
|Autumn 1997 entry||601,100||123,121||20.5|
|Autumn 1998 entry||619,700||124,533||20.1|
|Autumn 1999 entry||612,100||123,441||20.2|
|Autumn 2000 entry||601,000||123,708||20.6|
|Autumn 2001 entry||610,900||131,322||21.5|
|Autumn 2002 entry||613,600||134,840||22.0|
Participation rates have been calculated using the 17-year-old population from the previous year to reduce the distortion caused to LEA populations by the migration of students to their place of study. Figures include a very small number of accepted applicants of unknown English domicile. Population figures relate to persons aged 17 at 31 August in the year prior to entry, counts taken at the following 1 January; accepted applicants are aged 18 at 30 September in the year of entry.