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Young Offenders: Education

Justice written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female offenders aged 10 to 17-years-old gained one or more (i) GCSE, (ii) AS Level, (iii) NVQ, (iv) BTEC and (v) other qualifications while in custody in each of the last five years.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families; Minister for the North West), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

holding answer 20 May 2008

I have been asked to reply.

The Department does not hold central records on the achievements of all young people in custody. However, the development of the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) through the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) from 31 July 2006, means that data on young offender achievement within Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) are now collected. The first full year of data are in the following tables:

All OLASS provisions GCSE GCSE GCE, A/AS/AS level GCE A/AS/AS level GNVQ precursor (BTEC) GNVQ precursor (BTEC) NVQ NVQ
Gender Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female
Learners achieving one or more specific aim type 38 1 3 5
All OLASS provisions OCN OCN Other Other Totals Tota l
Gender Male Female Male Female Male Female
Learners achieving one or more specific aim type 582 40 3,161 184 3,785 229

For many young people in custody, who are registered at learning providers in the community, their achievements will be attributed to the learning provider with which they are registered, rather than the custodial establishment's LSC provider. Therefore the LSC figures do not provide records of all of the academic achievements of all young people in YOIs.

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