Academic Year 2020/21

Further education and skills

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  1. Updated to fix presentational error in the ‘Community learning participation percentage change by type’ table. Percentage change figures have been amended to match the correct community learning type

  2. Updated to include additional achievement rate data for Under 19s

  3. Updated to fix technical issue

  4. Updated to add links to the interactive data visualisation tool

  5. Updated with data covering the first two quarters of 2020/21

  6. Updated to add supplementary data and links to the interactive data visualisation tool

This statistical release presents provisional in-year data on adult (19+) further education (FE) and skills in England for the first two quarters of the 2020/21 academic year (August 2020 to January 2021). 

Impact of COVID-19 on reporting of FE and apprenticeship data

The 2020/21 data covers the period affected by COVID-19 and the associated restrictions, which will have impacted on FE provision and also provider reporting behaviour via the Individualised Learner Record. Therefore, extra care should be taken in comparing and interpreting data presented in this release. 

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Headline facts and figures - 2020/21

The latest provisional figures covering the 2020/21 academic year  show:

  • Adult government-funded further education and skills participation decreased by 15.0% to 1,168,100 compared to 1,373,800 in the same period in 2019/20. Of the 1,168,100 learners:
    • Females account for 59.2% (691,100).
    • Higher level (level 4 or above) participation increased by 21.2%, to 172,700 from 142,500 in 2019/20.
  • Adult education and training participation decreased by 10.5% to 583,300 compared to 651,500 in 2019/20.
  • Community learning participation decreased by 47.6% to 137,100 compared to 261,700 in 2019/20.

Note: In our November 2020 full year release we stated that we were treating 2019/20 achievements as provisional at that stage. Following further analysis, we are now treating the 2019/20 data as final - please see ‘About these statistics’ for more information.

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