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Pupils: Work Experience

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many work experience schemes are run by schools in each (a) Government region and (b) local education authority. (153828)

The Department does not routinely collect this information. Each year the vast majority of more than half a million key stage 4 (14-16) pupils in all areas go on work experience placements. Work experience is the single biggest, co-ordinated partnership between employers and schools. Surveys show that work experience is valued by employers, schools and—most importantly—learners. Ofsted reported that four out of five pupils are positive about their work experience, and that three quarters of placements are well matched to pupils’ interests and capabilities.