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Further Education: Young People

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people did not stay on in education and training after age 16 in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (149931)

The following figures are for individuals at academic age 161 who were not in any education or training in the last five years (2002-06).

1 Academic age is the age of the individual measured at the beginning of the academic year, 31 August. Academic age 16 would be for those individuals in the year following compulsory education.

End of calendar year

2002

2003

2004

2005

20061

Total not in any education or training

85,900

85,100

82,700

74,000

68,500

Percentage of population not in any education or training

13.6

13.1

12.4

11.3

10.3

Population

631,000

647,800

664,800

656,000

662,300

1 Provisional.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children did not remain in education after the age of 16 years in each year since 1990-91; and if he will make a statement. (149974)

The figures provided are for individuals at academic age 161 who were not in education or training (NET) in each year from 1990 to 2006. These figures are available in the statistical first release published by the Department (SFR 22/2007).

These NET figures are calculated by subtracting the number of young people estimated to be in education and training from the population; here, education and training covers those in full- or part-time education, work-based learning (including apprenticeships), and those on employer funded or other education and training not otherwise included in the figures.

1 Academic age is the age of the individual measured at the beginning of the academic year, 31 August. Academic age 16 would be for those individuals in the year following compulsory education.

End of calendar year

Total NET

Percentage NET of the population

16-year-old population

1990

88,000

14.7

599,100

1991

67,000

11.7

573,100

1992

61,500

11.2

550,300

1993

49,900

9.4

531,200

1994a*

50,500

9.3

545,800

1994b*

50,400

9.2

545,800

1995

68,400

11.5

595,000

1996

77,500

12.6

613,600

1997

79,200

13.1

605,900

1998

81,300

13.7

594,500

1999

77,300

12.9

598,800

2000

82,300

13.6

606,700

2001

90,600

14.3

633,500

2002

85,900

13.6

631,600

2003

85,100

13.1

647,800

2004

82,700

12.4

664,800

2005

74,000

11.3

656,000

2006 provisional

68,500

10.3

662,300

The break in the time series in 1994 is due to changes in the source of further and higher education data; additionally overseas higher education students studying in England are included from 1994 onwards.