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Young People: Learning Disabilities

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many of those diagnosed with (a) dyslexia and (b) dyspraxia between the ages of 11 and 18 have gone on to attend university in each year since 1997; (296450)

(2) how many children diagnosed with (a) dyslexia and (b) dyspraxia before entering secondary school have gone on to attend university in each year since 1997.

I have been asked to reply.

Information is not held centrally on children and young people diagnosed with dyspraxia entering higher education. The numbers of 18-year-old undergraduate entrants who were recorded as having dyslexia in the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record are given in the table as an alternative. This information is self-reported: therefore a student may choose not to share information about his/her disability.

Figures for the 2008-09 academic year will be available from HESA in January 2010.

UK Domicile undergraduate entrants1 with Dyslexia2: UK higher education institutions, 1997-98 to 2007-08

18-year-old entrants

1997-98

1,375

1998-99

1,615

1999-2000

1,985

2000-01

2,305

2001-02

3,070

2002-03

3,390

2003-04

3,945

2004-05

4,405

2005-06

5,450

2006-07

5,385

2007-083

5,730

1 Covers Entrants to full-time and part-time courses

2 Dyslexia is part of the HESA field 'Disability' which records the type of disability that a student has, on the basis of the student's own self-assessment.

3 Figures for 2007/08 refer to the category 'A specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia' in the 'Disability' field and are not directly comparable to previous years.

Notes:

Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December. Figures in the table are rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)