National Skills Strategy

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:58 pm on 15th May 2003.

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Photo of Phil Willis Phil Willis Shadow Spokesperson (Education) 5:58 pm, 15th May 2003

I realise that the hon. Gentleman is obliquely trying to justify the policy statements that he made earlier this week, but the big problem for all of us here is how to divide students into the right progressions, as it were, at an early stage. Does the hon. Gentleman think the skills document contains any attempt to lead us in that direction, encouraging us not to think in terms of sheep and goats but to keep an open mind when it comes to the progress of young people after the age of 14?