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Schools: Manchester

Volume 688: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What percentage of 18 year-old students who attended a City of Manchester school and were resident in the city obtained a place at a higher education institution in each of the past 10 years. [HL1248]

The latest available figures on participation in higher education show participation rates by the local area in which the student was resident prior to entering higher education. The figures were published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in January 2005 in Young Participation in England, which is available from their website at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2005/05_03/.

This report shows participation rates for young people who enter higher education aged 18 or 19, disaggregated by local authority, for the years 1997 to 2000. The figures for Manchester local authority, and the comparable figure for England, are shown in the table. HEFCE has not produced participation rates beyond 2000.

Young participation rate (YPR (A)) in Higher Education (1) for year cohort aged 18.

1997

1998

1999

2000

Cohort for Manchester (2)

5,150

5,020

5,200

5,190

Young Participation Rate (A) for Manchester (3)

17 per cent

18 per cent

19 per cent

19 per cent

Young Participation Rate (A) for England

29.2 per cent

28.8 per cent

29.2 per cent

29.9 per cent

Source: Higher Education Funding Council for England

(1) Covers all students studying higher education courses at UK higher education institutions and other UK institutions—for example, further education colleges

(2) Cohorts are reported to the nearest 10

(3) Young participation rates for constituencies are reported to the nearest per cent.

The total numbers of undergraduate entrants to UK higher education institutions from Manchester local authority for each year since 2001-02 are given in the table:

Entrants to undergraduate courses (1) from Manchester Local Authority

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Aged 18

680

705

740

795

870

Aged 19

490

505

515

615

600

Other Ages (2)

2,415

2,715

3,360

3,065

3,380

Total Entrants

3,580

3,925

4,615

4,470

4,850

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Note: Figures are based on the HESA standard registration population for entrants and have been rounded to the nearest five, so components may not sum to totals.

(1) Covers all students studying higher education courses at UK higher education institutions only. Students studying higher education courses elsewhere such as further education colleges are excluded.

(2) Includes a very small number of students with unknown ages or ages under 18.

The department uses the higher education initial participation rate (HEIPR) to assess progress on increasing first-time participation of English students aged 18 to 30 in higher education towards 50 per cent: the latest provisional figure for 2004-05 is 42 per cent. The HEIPR is not calculated at local authority level.