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Specialist Schools: Disabled

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many disabled children in England attended specialist colleges for their post-16 education in each of the last three years for which data is available. (125108)

[holding answer 5 March 2007]: Figures for those participating in further education (FE) funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) can be derived from the individualised learner record (ILR). Learner self-assessment of whether they have a learning difficulty, disability and/or health problem is recorded on the LSC’s learner data for learners participating in further education. The following table shows the total number of learners in specialist colleges by disability for 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06.

Learner considers himself or herself to have a learning difficulty, disability or health problem

Learner does not consider himself or herself to have a learning difficulty, disability or health problem

No information provided by the learner

Total

2005/06

Specialist Designated college

17,050

101,180

15,410

133,630

Special college—Agriculture and horticulture

6,800

40,770

1,710

49,280

Special college—Art, design and performing arts

640

3,160

60

3,850

Total Specialist Colleges

24,490

145,100

17,170

186,760

2004/05

Specialist Designated college

14,460

91,550

25,900

131,910

Special college—Agriculture and horticulture

7,738

46,200

2,700

56,630

Special college—Art, design and performing arts

760

4,060

130

4,940

Total Specialist Colleges

22,950

141,810

28,730

193,490

2003/04

Specialist Designated college

3,490

114,240

24,450

142,180

Special college—Agriculture and horticulture

7,340

53,340

3,760

64,430

Special college—Art, design and performing arts

570

4,270

750

5,590

Total Specialist Colleges

11,460

172,790

28,960

213,200