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Schools (Proficiency Tests)

Volume 20: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will seek to introduce a system of proficiency tests and standards in schools in a range of subjects at below the level covered by existing examinations.

My right hon. Friend is considering what action might usefully be taken to provide all school leavers with a written record of their achievements whether or not these include graded results in public examinations. I believe it would be helpful if such records offered an indication of proficiency in skills such as numeracy and literacy and the ability to communicate effectively.