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House of Commons Hansard
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Educational Attainment
06 March 2007
Volume 457
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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of people aged 19 achieved (a) level 2 by (i) the age of 16 and (ii) the age of 19 and (b) level 3 by the age of 19 in each year since 1997. [124835]

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Figures reporting attainment by age 19 are only available on the current basis of measurement, using matched administrative data, from 2004 onwards. The latest Statistical First Release (SFR) on attainment by age 19 was published in February 2007 (SFR 06/2007).

Table 1 shows the proportion of people aged 19 that have achieved level 2 by 16, level 2 by 19, and level 3 by 19 each year since 2004.

Table 1

Percentage

2004

2005

2006

Level 2 by 161

49.2

50.3

52.2

Level 2 by 19

66.3

69.3

71.4

Level 3 by 19

42.1

45.6

46.8

1 Level 2 by 16 for those aged 19 in 2004, 2005 and 2006. E.g. 52.2 per cent. of those aged 19 in 2006 had reached level 2 by age 16—in academic year 2002/03.

These figures for 16-year-olds differ from other published figures on the attainment of pupils aged 15 in schools and colleges (SFR 01/2007) because different denominators are used, there are differences in qualifications counted and matching means the numerators are not quite the same.

Table 2 shows the proportion of pupils aged 15 in schools and colleges achieving a level 2 each year since 1997.

Table 2

Proportion (percentage)

1996/97

45.1

1997/98

46.3

1998/99

47.9

1999/2000

49.2

2000/01

50.0

2001/02

51.6

2002/03

52.9

2003/04

53.7

2004/05

56.3

2005/06

58.5