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Higher Education: Free School Meals

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals progressed to (i) a university and (ii) a Russell Group university in (A) 1997 and (B) the most recent year for which figures are available. (311211)

[holding answer 15 January 2010]: The figures in the table show pupils who were in English maintained schools and aged 15 at the start of academic years 2001-02 and 2002-03 who progressed to HE by the age of 19 (in 2005-06 and 2006-07 respectively). 2005-06 is the earliest year for which these figures are available.

These figures have been estimated using matched data from the National Pupil Database, the Higher Education Statistics Agency Student Record and the Learning and Skills Council Individualised Learner Record. Figures for 2007-08 will be available later this year.

Estimates of the number and proportion of pupils aged 15 in 2001-02 and 2002-03 academic years, in English maintained schools, who progressed to HE by the age of 19 in 2005-06 and 2006-07

Young persons in UK HE1

of which; Russell Group HEIs

FSM2

Non-FSM2

FSM

Non-FSM

Academic Year

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

2005-06

10,800

13

156,000

33

1,000

1

33,000

7

2006-07

11,400

14

164,000

33

1,000

1

32,600

7

1 Includes HE level courses at English Further Education Colleges.

2 FSM and non-FSM indicate receipt and non-receipt of Free School Meals respectively.

Notes:

In 2002-03 there were 81,100 maintained school pupils aged 15 claiming free school meals. This represents around 14 per cent. of all pupils in English maintained schools.

Source:

Matched data from the National Pupil Database, the Higher Education Statistics Agency Student Record and the Learning and Skills Council Individualised Learner Record. All figures are estimates and numbers have been rounded to the nearest 100.