Further Education: Young People
Children, Schools and Families

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David Laws (Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Children, Schools and Families; Yeovil, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people did not stay on in education and training after age 16 in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

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Jim Knight (Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families; South Dorset, Labour)

The following figures are for individuals at academic age 16(1) who were not in any education or training in the last five years (2002-06).

(1 )Academic age is the age of the individual measured at the beginning of the academic year, 31 August. Academic age 16 would be for those individuals in the year following compulsory education.

End of calendar year
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006( 1)
Total not in any education or training 85,900 85,100 82,700 74,000 68,500
Percentage of population not in any education or training 13.6 13.1 12.4 11.3 10.3
Population 631,000 647,800 664,800 656,000 662,300
(1 )Provisional.

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