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Children: Armed Forces

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the educational performance of children who have one or both parents in the armed forces; and if he will make a statement; (207157)

(2) how many and what proportion of 15-year-olds with parents in the armed forces achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

In January 2008, the School Census collected a services children indicator for the first time. No analysis has yet been carried out on prior academic attainment of the children flagged as being service children. To carry out this analysis would go over the disproportionate cost threshold. Analysis on GCSE attainment in 2007/08 is not yet possible.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve the educational outcomes of children with parents in the armed forces; and if he will make a statement. (207165)

We are working closely with the Ministry of Defence on the Service Personnel Command Paper and have regular contact with them on educational issues facing children of service personnel. This year, as part of the Annual School Census, the Department has begun collecting details on these children and this will allow us to look at their attainment over time.