Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th February 2006.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke Conservative, South West Hertfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of the performance of Connexions Partnerships.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) (Children and Families)

Nationally, Connexions met its last operational target to reduce the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training by 10 per cent. between November 2002 and November 2004. The next set of formal targets is in 2006.

Of course, performance varies across the country and we continue to monitor progress at individual partnership level. Individual partnerships are subject to periodic formal reviews of performance by their Government Office and during these reviews, weak areas of performance are explored and if appropriate, remedial actions are agreed.

Government Office reviews also cover the progress that a partnership is making in addressing any areas for improvement identified by Ofsted.

As Connexions is integrated into children's trusts, performance will be monitored and inspected as part of the wider processes for judging the overall effectiveness of services for children, young people and families.

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