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Higher Education: Sunderland

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children in (a) Houghton and Washington, East constituency and (b) Sunderland city council area progressed to higher education in each year since 1997. (122788)

The latest available figures on participation in higher education by constituency were published by the Higher Education funding Council for England in January 2005 in “Young Participation in England”, which is available from their website at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2005/05_03/ This report shows participation rates for young people who enter higher education aged 18 or 19, disaggregated by constituency, for the years 1997 to 2000. The figures for Houghton and Washington, East, and the comparable figure for England, are shown in the table. HEFCE have not produced participation rates beyond 2000.

Young Participation Rate (YPR (A)) in Higher Education1 for Year cohort aged 18

1997

1998

1999

2000

Cohort for Houghton and Washington East 2

1,230

1,290

1,260

1,160

Young Participation Rate (A) for Houghton and Washington, East

18

18

18

19

Young Participation Rate (A) for England

29.2

28.8

29.2

29.9

1 Covers all students studying Higher Education Courses at UK Higher Education Institutions and other UK institutions, for example Further Education Colleges.

2 Cohorts are reported to the nearest 10.

3 Young Participation Rates for constituencies are reported to the nearest percentage.

Source:

Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The total number of entrants from Houghton and Washington, East for each year since 1997/98 are given in the table:

English domiciled entrants aged 18 to undergraduate courses at all UK Higher Education Institutions

Total

Of which:

English domiciled

Sunderland local authority area

Houghton and Washington, East constituency

Unknown local authority area

Academic year

1997/98

108,285

565

170

9,355

1998/99

114,655

580

180

3,860

1999/2000

114,940

565

160

1,640

2000/01

117,430

590

190

1,370

2001/02

123,695

645

190

1,350

2002/03

125,720

635

175

2,470

2003/04

129,375

705

225

665

2004/05

131,840

685

190

570

2005/06

146,330

780

230

785

Notes:

Figures are on a DfES snapshot basis and are rounded to the nearest 5. Excludes the Open University.

Unknown LA area covers English domiciled students who did not provide a valid postcode, from which local authority area and constituency are derived.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The Department uses the higher Education Initial Participation Rate (HEIPR) to assess progress on increasing first-time participation of English students aged 18-30 in higher education towards 50 per cent.: the latest provisional figure for 2004/05 is 42 per cent.. The HEIPR is not calculated at constituency level.