Further Education

Part of Opposition Day — [10th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:22 pm on 18th November 2015.

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Photo of Neil Carmichael Neil Carmichael Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee 5:22 pm, 18th November 2015

I am often acquainted with the Scottish view. It has its merits, but I will not address that issue further because I have only 58 seconds left. The National Numeracy charity is rightly concerned that we have a problem with numeracy in the adult population, 78% of whom scarcely reach level 2. That is not a good commentary on our situation, and we must improve it. It is right that the FE sector tackles maths, but it is worth asking whether that should be done through repeated attempts at GCSE retakes or through some other form of numeracy measurement. In short, we need an innovative FE sector that is clearly and properly led, that engages with the world of work, and that considers new ways of delivering the courses, assessments and awards that are so necessary for our young people today.