§ Mr. Willis
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students studied(a) part-time and (b) full-time in further education in each of the last five years; and how many (i) full and (ii) part-time lecturing staff there were in each of those years; what figures for student/lecturer ratios for further education over this period he uses. 609W
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
[holding answer 11 December 2003]: The numbers of full time and part time students studying at further education sector colleges in the five years to 2001/02 were published by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in the Statistical First Release (SFR) "Student Numbers At Colleges In The Further Education Sector And External Institutions In England In 2001/02" on 19 December 2002 and are shown in the following table. The numbers of full time and part time teaching staff in further education sector colleges in the five years to 2001/02 were published by the LSC in "Staff Statistics, 2001/2002" on 30 October 2003 and are also shown in this table.
Student and staff in further education sector colleges 1997/98 to 2001/02 Thousand 1997/98 1998/99 1999/2000 2000/01 2001/02 Students Full time 925.1 890.6 860.7 839.6 870.7 Part time 2,211.8 2,124.0 2,076.1 2,215.0 2,625.9 Teaching staff Full time 47.0 46.1 45.6 46.8 47.3 Part time 92.7 95.7 91.1 87.5 89.6
LSC Individualised Student Record; Staff Individualised Record
Staff student ratios are based on full time equivalents and are routinely published in the DfES Departmental Report. The following figures are derived from Annex L of the Department's 2003 Report. 2001/02 figures are not yet available.
Student to teaching staff ratio (in full time equivalents) in further education sector colleges Student/staff ratio 1997/98 16.2 1998/99 16.1 1999/2000 15.9 2000/01 14.9 2001/02 n/a Sources: LSC Individualised Student Record; Staff Individualised Record