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Unauthorised pupil absence (percentage of half days missed) in maintained secondary schools( 1 ) by LA, 1997/98 to 2005/06( 2,3)
Local authority 1997/98 1998/99 1999/2000 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 (final)

Bedfordshire

0.4

0.5

0.5

0.4

0.41

0.42

0.42

0.68

0.50

Cambridgeshire

0.7

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.77

0.81

0.80

1.04

1.02

Essex

0.8

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.90

0.84

1.00

1.09

1.07

Hertfordshire

0.6

0.7

0.6

0.7

0.91

0.75

0.75

0.77

0.75

Norfolk

0.9

0.9

0.9

1.0

1.07

1.02

1.02

1.08

1.22

Suffolk

0.5

0.5

0.6

0.6

0.89

1.08

1.32

1.29

1.34

England

1.1

1.1

1.0

1.1

1.09

1.07

1.13

1.23

1.20

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Due to local government reorganisation, regional figures are not available prior to 1998.
(3) Figures for the above local authorities are available to one decimal place prior to 2001/02 and two decimal places from 2001/02 onwards.

Unauthorised absence is absence without leave from a teacher or other authorised representative of the school. This includes all unexplained or unjustified absences, such as lateness, holidays during term time not authorised by the school, absence where reason is not yet established and truancy.

Vocational Education

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what impact he expects the launch of the 14 to 19 diplomas to have on the vocational qualifications available to the 14 to 19 age group. [135143]

Jim Knight [holding answer 3 May 2007]: In September 2008 the Diplomas will only be available on a limited basis across the country. Other vocational qualifications will continue to be available and schools and colleges will be able to choose what to offer to young people. The impact of the introduction of diplomas on other vocational qualifications therefore will be determined by the choices that schools, colleges and ultimately young people make. We expect young people to increasingly choose a diploma or apprenticeship rather than one of the other vocational qualifications available to them, except where those vocational qualifications are part of a diploma, as we build up to the national entitlement from 2013. Our aim, as set out in the 14 to 19 White Paper, has always been to achieve a clearer set of choices for young people, each one leading to a recognised and valued qualification.

Young People: Unemployment

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) 16-year-olds, (b) 17-year-olds and (c) 18-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training (i) are from (A) each social class and (B) each ethnic group and (ii) have a disability. [135320]

Jim Knight: The following tables give estimates of the proportion of 16, 17 and 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (i) from (A) each social class (NS-SEC) and (B) each ethnic group and; (ii) who have a disability. These are survey based estimates and have been obtained from the youth cohort study—they relate to the same cohort of young people at each age. NS-SEC is derived from parental occupation.

Table 1: Proportion of 16, 17 and 18-year—olds not in education, employment or training from each social class (NS-SEC)
Percentage
Population at age 16 N EET a ge 16 in 2004 N EET a ge 17 in 2005 N EET age 18 in 2006

Large employers and higher professionals

18

7

7

15

Lower professional and higher technical occupations

26

16

18

22

Intermediate occupations

22

18

21

21

Lower supervisory occupations

9

10

12

9

Semi routine and routine occupations

13

23

21

16

Other

12

26

21

17


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Table 2: P roportion of 16, 17 and 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training from each ethnic group
Percentage
Population at age 16 NEET age 16 in 2004 NEET age 17 in 2005 NEET age 18 in 2006

White

86

87

87

88

Black

3

2

1

2

Indian

2

1

1

1

Pakistani/Bangladeshi

3

5

5

4

Other Asian (including Chinese)

1

(1)

1

1

Other ethnic group (including mixed)

3

3

2

3

Not answered

2

2

3

1


Table 3: P roportion of 16, 17 and 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training with a disability
Percentage
Population at age 16 NEET age 16 in 2004 NEET age 17 in 2005 NEET age 18 in 2006

Yes

4

8

7

7

No

94

89

89

93

Not answered

2

3

4

(1)

(1) Less than 0.5.per cent.


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