HC Deb 18 June 1997 vol 296 c208W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of(a) female and (b) male children leave school at 16 in Northern Ireland, broken down into local authority areas; and if he will make a statement. [3659]

Mr. Worthington

The information requested is as follows:

Percentage of 16-year-old pupils leaving school in 1994–95 (expressed as a proportion of all pupils in year 12)
Per cent.
Education and Library Board Female Male
Belfast 25 42
Western 50 61
North-eastern 50 69
South-eastern 54 66
Southern 46 62

It should be pointed out that many young people who leave school at 16 enter further education. in 1995–96 the proportion of 16 and 17-year-olds in full-time education (at school or FE college) in Northern Ireland was 71 per cent., and the proportion of young people entering full-time higher education by the age of 21 was 40 per cent.