HC Deb 02 July 2003 vol 408 cc287-8W
Mr. Hopkins

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the proportion is of ethnic minority pupils in(a) school sixth forms, (b) independent schools, (c) sixth form colleges, (d) general further education colleges and (e) universities. [121277]

Mr. Miliband

[holding answer 26 June 2003]: The latest available information is shown in the table.

Learners in further and higher education: proportion of ethnic minority pupils1
Percentage of ethnic minority pupils2
School Sixth Forms3 14.5
Independent Schools4
Sixth Form Colleges5 16.5
General Further Education Colleges5 13.1
Universities6 13.8
1 "Ethnic minorities" covers all ethnic groups (including mixed), except the white categories.
2 Number of ethnic minority pupils expressed as a percentage of pupils classified by their ethnicity.
3 Pupils in NC year group 12, 13 or 14 in maintained secondary schools. As at January 2003 (provisional)
4 Ethnicity of pupils in independent schools is not collected centrally.
5 Information is self-declared. As at November 2002.
6 Higher Education Institutions in academic year 2001/02, information is self-declared.


Annual Schools' Census, coverage: England.

Individualised Learner Record 2002/03, coverage: England.

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), coverage: UK.

Mr. Hopkins

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average GCSE results for ethnic minority students progressing into(a) school sixth-forms, (b) independent schools, (c) sixth-form colleges and (d) general further education colleges were in the last 12 months. [121280]

Mr. Miliband

[holding answer 26 June 2003]: The average GCSE point score for a young person from an ethnic minority background entering a school sixth form is 52. The score is 52 for independent schools, 44 for sixth-form colleges and 34 for general further education colleges.