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Education Maintenance Allowance

Part of Opposition Day — [9th allotted day] – in the House of Commons at 3:15 pm on 19th January 2011.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove The Secretary of State for Education 3:15 pm, 19th January 2011

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for reminding the House that the coalition Government enjoy the support and advice of the leading figure in the world of vocational education. I am aware of two detailed reports on the effectiveness of the education maintenance allowance: the 2007 Institute for Fiscal Studies report, which showed that the allowance had a marginal impact on both attainment and attendance, and of course the National Foundation for Educational Research report, which was published in autumn last year. Can he tell me of any other serious reports, from the NFER or anyone else, that make a contrary case?