1 [Department logos unavailable] 4 th October 2001 PARTICIPATION IN FULL-TIME EDUCATION BY 16 AND 17 YEAR OLDS IN NORTHERN IRELAND 2000/01 Key Points The overall participation rate of 16 and 17 year olds in full-time education in Northern Ireland has remained fairly static over the past five years. The participation rate of 16 and 17 year olds in full-time education in 2000/01 was 72.0% (66.3% for males and 77.9% for females). The participation rate for 16 year olds (76.1%) was higher than for 17 year olds (67.8%). The rate for female 16 year olds was 82.7% and for female 17 year olds was 73.1%. The rate for male 16 year olds was 69.8% and for male 17 year olds was 62.7%. Participation of 16 & 17 Year Olds in Full-Time Education in Northern Ireland 100% 90% 80% Participation Rate 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 96/97 97/98 98/99 99/00 00/01 Female Male Total
2 Key Points continued Participation rates in Northern Ireland were higher than in England. This was the case for both 16 and 17 year olds, and applied to both males and females. For example, the 16 & 17 year old participation rate was 72.0% in Northern Ireland compared with 65.1% in England. Some 62.3% of 16 year olds in full-time education attended schools whereas 37.7% attended further education colleges; the figures for 17 year olds were 58.8% and 41.2% respectively and the figures for 16 and 17 year olds combined were 60.7% and 39.3% respectively. Tables Table 1 : details the participation of 16 year olds in full-time education/vocational training in schools and FE colleges in 2000/01, by type of establishment attended and sex. Table 2 : details the participation of 17 year olds in full-time education/vocational training in schools and FE colleges in 2000/01, by type of establishment attended and sex. Table 3 : details the participation of 16 & 17 year olds in full-time education/vocational training in schools and FE colleges in 2000/01, by type of establishment attended and sex. Table 4 : details the participation of 16 year olds, 17 year olds and 16 & 17 year olds in full-time education/vocational training in schools and FE colleges for the years 1995/96 to 2000/01 inclusive, by sex. Table 5 : compares the participation of 16 year olds, 17 year olds and 16 & 17 year olds in full-time education/vocational training in schools and FE colleges in 2000/01 in Northern Ireland and England.
3 Notes to Editors National Statistics 1. This is a National Statistics publication. National Statistics are produced to high professional standards set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice. They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference. 2. For general enquiries about National Statistics, contact the National Statistics Public Enquiry Service on (020) minicom: Fax: Letters: Room DG/18, 1 Drummond Gate, London SW1V 2QQ 3. You can also find National Statistics on the Internet:www.statistics.gov.uk Schools 1. The schools statistics in this press release have been derived from the Annual School Census, a return of pupil numbers by age and year group from each school in Northern Ireland. 2. The 2000/01 figures in this press release are counts of school pupils as at 6th October Age is at 1 July Further Education Colleges 1. The Further Education College statistics in this press release have been derived from the Further Education Statistical Record (FESR), a computerised return consisting of an individual record for each enrolment on a vocational course at a Northern Ireland further education college. 2. The 2000/01 figures in this press release are counts of student enrolments as at 1 November Age is at 1 July This press release only refers to full-time enrolments, defined as attendance which is: (a) for at least 15 hours and at least 7 sessions per week, or for more than 21 hours per week with no sessional requirement; (b) on sandwich courses; or
4 (c) on short courses i.e. single self-contained periods of full-time study of under 4 weeks duration, within one academic year, which do not have to satisfy the hour and session requirements of (a) above. 4. In order to avoid double counting of pupils/students, this press release excludes link students, i.e. those whose attendance at a Further Education College is linked to their attendance at a school. 5. Although the Further Education Statistical Record represents enrolments rather than student numbers, a student may only enrol on one full-time course at any time. Consequently, the number of enrolments can be treated as the number of students for the purpose of this press release. 6. The increase (of 1,034) in 2000/01 Jobskills figures from 1999/2000 can be attributed to the transfer of enrolments from Training Centres to Further Education Colleges in April Population The figures quoted in this press release are mid-year civilian population estimates. Further Enquiries Requests for further information should be addressed to: Nicola Wilson Statistics and Research Branch Department of Education Rathgael House Balloo Road BANGOR Co. Down BT19 7PR Telephone (028) Fax (028) Department of Education Statistical Press Releases can be accessed at the Department s internet site - Press Enquiries should be made to the Department s Press Office at the above address, telephone (028) / fax (028)
5 Table 1 : and FE colleges by 16 year olds, 2000/01 Male Females Total Schools 5,129 7,449 12,578 FE Colleges : Mainstream Courses 2,201 2,901 5,102 Jobskills Courses 2, ,506 Total in full-time education 9,483 10,703 20,186 Population 13,591 12,944 26,535 Participation rate 69.8% 82.7% 76.1% Table 2 : and FE colleges by 17 year olds, 2000/01 Male Females Total Schools 4,342 5,979 10,321 FE Colleges : Mainstream Courses 2,170 3,011 5,181 Jobskills Courses 1, ,056 Total in full-time education 8,305 9,253 17,558 Population 13,244 12,664 25,908 Participation rate 62.7% 73.1% 67.8% Table 3 : and FE colleges by 16 & 17 year olds, 2000/01 Male Females Total Schools 9,471 13,428 22,899 FE Colleges : Mainstream Courses 4,371 5,912 10,283 Jobskills Courses 3, ,562 Total in full-time education 17,788 19,956 37,744 Population 26,835 25,608 52,443 Participation rate 66.3% 77.9% 72.0%
6 Table 4 : and FE colleges by 16&17 year olds, 1996/97 to 2000/ / / / / /01 1 % % % % % 16 year olds : Males Females Total year olds : Males Females Total & 17 year olds : Males Females Total Figures for 2000/01 include Jobskills trainees in Training Centres. The net effect of this is to increase the 2000/01 participation rate by some two percentage points. Table 5 : Comparison of participation in full-time education/vocational training in schools and FE colleges by 16 & 17 year olds in Northern Ireland and England, 2000/01 Northern Ireland England 1 % % 16 year olds : Males Females Total year olds : Males Females Total & 17 year olds : Males Females Total DfES provisional figures. Age in the English figures is at 31 August Pupils in England aged 16 at 31 August may leave school. Pupils in Northern Ireland may leave school if they are aged 16 at 1 July.