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Further Education: Staffordshire

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of Brian Jenkins Brian Jenkins Labour, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of young people in (a) the Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire County Council area remained in full-time education in the year after they ended compulsory schooling in each year since 1997.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The following table shows the proportion of all academic age 16-year-olds participating in full-time education in Staffordshire local authority in each year since 1997. These figures are not currently available at parliamentary constituency level.

Participation of 16-year-olds in education and training is published in the Statistical First Release: Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16-18 Year Olds in England; 2005 and 2006 and Participation in Education and Training by 16 and 17 Year Olds in each Local Area in England: 2004 and 2005, please see the following link:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000734/index.shtml

Table 1: Participation of 16-year-olds in full-time education, Staffordshire
Percentage
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 (a) 2001 (b) 2002 2003 2004 2005
Staffordshire(1) 64 65 67 67 67 68 67 70 71 72
Staffordshire(1) 68 69 70 68 69 70 69 72 73 74
Stoke-on-Trent 50 52 58 61 59 60 59 62 64 67
England 70 70 72 71 71 71 72 72 73 76
(1 )The two figures for Staffordshire are for (a) Staffordshire county council and (b) Staffordshire unitary authority (UA). The former contains both Staffordshire UA and Stoke-on-Trent UA.

Notes:

1. Learners in special designated institutes (SDIs) and external institutes (EIs) have been included from 2002 onwards.

2. For 2001 onwards, information for pupils in maintained schools, CTCs and academies is included by the pupil's residence, rather than the address of the school. The table 2001 (b) provides the figures on the new basis, 2001 (a) on the old basis.

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