To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 2 July 2003, Official Report, columns 295–96W, on staff costs, what the average A/AS level score for pupils attending (a) sixth form colleges and (b) secondary school sixth forms in England in each year since 1995 was; and if he will make a statement on the statistical significance of divergences between the averages. 
The information requested is shown in the tables.
|All FE sector||—||—||—||—||—||—||196.7||210.6|
In 2002, the number of points assigned to each GCE/VCE A/AS qualification and VCE Double Award changed to reflect the UCAS tariff. Figures for 2001 are provided on both bases.
An asterisk (* ) in the table indicates that the differences between performance averages of maintained schools and Sixth Form Colleges are statistically significant at a 95 per cent. level. Differences between schools and colleges in their number and circumstance and differences within institutions in terms of student composition have not been taken into account in determining statistical significance.