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Vocational Education

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 14 to 16 year olds spent time in a further education college studying for a vocational qualification in the last 12 months. (195655)

We estimate that around 95,000 students aged 14 to undertook practical and applied learning in further education colleges in 2006/07, but detailed information by type of qualification is not available.

Information on students in further education colleges is collected by the LSC through the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). For 14 to 16-year-olds this information is not compulsory, so information from this will be incomplete. The ILR is a data return that is used primarily for funding purposes, but as 14 to 16-year-old provision is not directly funded by the LSC there has been no requirement for institutions to include details of 14 to 16-year-olds in ILR returns.