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Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of 16 year olds who had been in custody for more than one year was entered for GCSE examinations in each year since 2001; and what proportion of 16 year olds in custody gained five A* to Cs at GCSE in each of those years. (174267)

Under the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS), developed across England in August 2006, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) recently began collecting data on GCSE achievements of young people in young offender institutions. LSC data shows that young people under-18 in young offender institutions achieved the following GCSEs from 1 April 2007 to September 30 2007:

Mathematics, 18 GCSE's at grades A* to C, and 91 below grade C.

English, 29 GCSEs at grades A* to C and 56 below grade C

Other subjects, 307 GCSEs at grades A* to C and 162 below grade C

The figures cannot be broken down by length of time in custody.

The achievements of young people in custody who are still registered at learning providers in the community will be attributed to the learning provider with which they are registered, rather than the custodial establishment’s LSC provider. The figures for GCSE achievements of young people in secure children’s homes or secure training centres are not collected centrally. Data is not collected centrally on how many young people are entered for GCSEs.