Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Record numbers stay in education

Universities UK The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it's stopped raining! Even better is the news that a record number of school children stayed in full-time education in England after their GCSEs last year. 78% of 16-year-olds remained in education beyond the compulsory age - up 2 percentage points on 2005. 65% of 17-year-olds were in full time education in 2006 - also a rise of 2 percentage points on 2005.

And if that's not enough to put a smile on your face, applications to UK universities have not dropped as a result of higher tuition fees, according to new analysis from Universities UK (pdf). UK applicant numbers declined in real terms between 2005 and 2006, but by January 15 this year 395,307 people had made applications; an increase of 6% since 2006, 3% since 2005 and 12% since 2004.

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