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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 began (i) GCSE, (ii) AS Level, (iii) A Level, (iv) NVQ, (v) BTEC and (vi) apprenticeship 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

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The Department does not hold central records on the enrolment of all young people in custody onto qualifications. 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 enrolment and achievement within Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) are now collected. The first full year of data are as in the following tables:

Count of learners enrolled by specific aim type—all OLASS provision for young people aged 10 to 17
All OLASS Provision GCSE GC S E GCE A/AS/AS level GCE A/AS/A2 level GNVQ precursor (BTEC) GNVQ precursor (BTEC) NVQ NVQ
Gender Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female
Learners enrolled on specific aim type 94 1 12 1 12 15
All OLASS Provision OCN OCN Other Other Totals Total
Gender Male Female Male Female Male Female
Learners enrolled on specific aim type 1,747 88 6,601 355 8,467 459

For many young people in custody, who are registered at learning providers in the Community, their enrolment 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 enrolments of all young people in YOIs.

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