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Free Tuition

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what initial assessment he has made of the impact of the level 2 entitlement for free tuition as announced in the White Paper, “21st Century Skills” and if he will make a statement. (75965)

During 2004/05 the level 2 entitlement was trialled in the north east and south east regions. The Learning and Skills Development Agency, on behalf of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), produced an early report in January 2005 entitled, ‘An early assessment of the impact of the Level 2 offer.’ In March 2006 the Adult Learning Inspectorate completed a short report entitled, ‘Evaluation of the Level 2 entitlement.’ Both documents have been used to help shape the national LSC's communication strategy with the regions prior to the national availability of the entitlement from September 2006.