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Further Education: Student Wastage

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in further education in each of the regions failed to complete their course in the last 12 months; and how many of those were in the final year of their course. (132186)

Non-completion is not a standard measure used in further education (FE). The standard measure of success used in FE is the success rate, which refers to the proportion of qualifications achieved in each academic year against those who start working towards a particular learning aim. Learners who transfer to alternative provision during their programme of study are excluded from the calculation. The following table shows the regional success rates for 2002/03 to 2005/06—the latest full year for all FE funded courses.

FE success rates by region

Percentage

Region

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

East Midlands

69

73

74

76

East of England

67

70

72

75

Greater London

64

67

73

77

North East

68

72

76

77

North West

68

72

75

76

South East

70

73

74

76

South West

68

73

75

76

West Midlands

66

71

75

77

Yorkshire and Humberside

67

71

73

75

England

67

71

74

76

The concept of learners on their final year of a course is also non-standard and is complex to derive and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.