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Education: Devon

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of additional places in schools for further education and apprenticeships which will be needed in (a) England and (b) Devon if the school leaving age is increased to 18 by 2013. (164108)

The Green Paper “Raising Expectations: staying in education and training post-16”, published proposals for the education and training leaving age to be raised in two stages with the participation age not being raised to 18 until 2015. It contained projected participation numbers for 16 and 17-year-olds broken down into provision type. In 2013/14 there were projected to be an additional 5,000 places needed in schools, 13,000 places needed in FE and HE, and 48,000 additional work-based learning places, which include apprenticeships.

The Department has not carried out detailed analysis of this at a local level. Demographic changes will vary between local areas, of course, as will the nature of demand from young people, and local authorities will need to use their own projections to plan accordingly.