Education: Targets

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Baroness Maddock Baroness Maddock Shadow Minister, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Local Government & the Regions

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they expect to reach their target that 85 per cent of 19 year-olds achieve a level 2 qualification.

Photo of Baroness Ashton of Upholland Baroness Ashton of Upholland Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare), Department for Education and Skills, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare), Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare) (also Department for Education and Science), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare) (also Department for Work and Pensions)

It is not a government target that 85 per cent of 19 year-olds achieve a level 2 qualification. In the 2000 spending review, we agreed and published, the following target—the proportion of 19 year-olds who get qualifications equivalent to five GCSEs at grade A*–C rises by three percentage points between 2002 and 2004 with a further increase of three percentage points by 2006.

Measurement of outturn against the target in autumn 2003 was broadly in line with the progress needed to hit the 2004 target.

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