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Sixth Form Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL15185, tabled on 10 April 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many pupils attended (1) sixth form colleges, and (2) 16–19 academies in England, broken down by academic year, in each of the last five years.

Answered on

25 April 2019

Participation estimates for young people academic aged 16 to 18 in education, training and employment in England are published annually in the National Statistics release ‘Participation in education, training and employment’. Academic age refers to the age at the start of the academic year 31 August and therefore includes the first year of post compulsory education.

The estimates in the release relate to a snapshot of activities at the end of the calendar year and therefore does not give all pupils who attended. Information is drawn together from various post-16 data sources including the school census and the individualised learner record (ILR) to give a coherent and comprehensive picture of participation.

The attached table shows the numbers of young people of academic age 16-18 in full or part-time education by institution type.

For 2017, the ‘Converter Academies’ row in the attached table includes both schools recorded as converter academies on the school census and sixth form colleges who were recorded as a converter academy on the ILR.