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Juvenile Justice Centre

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what academic qualifications were attained by juveniles detained at the Juvenile Justice Centre in each of the last six years; and what steps he is taking to increase the numbers. (143301)

The information requested is as follows:

Qualification type

Subjects covered

Number of young people

Number of qualifications attained

2002

GCSE

English; Maths; Science

1

1

Food Hygiene

12

12

2003

AQA

Maths; Art; Home Economics; PSHE; Business Studies; Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene

24

50

NSP

Number Skills; Communication Skills; ICT

25

29

2004

AQA

Maths; English; Geography; Art; Home Economics; PSHE; Business Studies; Music; Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene

65

94

NSP

Number Skills; Communication Skills; ICT; Personal Skills

65

94

GCSE

English; English Literature; Maths; Child Development

5

14

2005

AQA

Maths; English; Geography; Art; Home Economics; PSHE; Business Studies; Music; Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene; Car Mechanics; Swimming; Kayaking

56

226

NSP

Number Skills; Communication Skills; ICT; Personal Skills

41

124

GCSE

English; English Literature; Maths

4

1

2006

AQA

Maths; English; Geography; Art; Home Economics; PSHE; Business Studies; Music; Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene; Car Mechanics; Swimming; Kayaking; Cartooning; Life Skills

62

121

NSP

Number Skills; Communication Skills; ICT; Personal Skills

39

97

GCSE

English; English Literature; Maths; RE; ICT; Science; German

3

1

2007

AQA

Maths; English; Geography; Art; Home Economics; PSHE; Business Studies; Music; Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene; Car Mechanics; Swimming; Kayaking; Cartooning; Life Skills

2140

Pending

Essential Skills

Number Skills

240

Pending

Essential Skills

Communication Skills

240

Pending

Occupational Skills

Vehicle Studies (entry level GCSE equivalent)

24

Pending

1 Results not forwarded to Juvenile Justice Centre as the young person had been discharged from custody by the time results were published.

2 Figures for 2007 show those entered for examinations to date—results are pending.

Key:

AQA—Assessment and Qualifications Alliance

NSP—National Skills Profile

There has been a steady growth in academic qualifications taken and achieved over the last six years. A culture of learning is well established amongst staff and young people and the centre will seek further to strengthen this ethos by continuing to motivate, encourage and promote the value of education in improving the life chances and opportunities for young people. Service delivery is regularly reviewed and additions to the curriculum will be made in response to the requirements of custody and community plans.