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Pupils: Databases

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what progress his Department has made on developing a central database to record pupils' examination results; and if he will make a statement; (227012)

(2) how much his Department has spent on developing a central database to record pupils' examination results; and if he will make a statement.

There are currently three databases either established or in development for recording pupil achievement data at various levels: the National Pupil Database, Managing Information Across Partners (MIAP), and the Diploma Aggregation Service1 (DAS).

The Department maintains the National Pupil Database, which contains pupils' test and examination results from key stage test results to GCSE and A-levels. This database, which was created in 2002, is the source of the data published in the Achievement and Attainment Tables.

The DIUS-led MIAP initiative supports data sharing in the education and training sector for the benefit of learners over 14 years old. One of the services that MIAP delivers is the Learner Record Service, which brings together participation and achievement information already collected, and presents it in an online learner record, which the learner can share with others when they wish. The first versions of the record are being trialled this autumn, and, subject to successful trials, the plan is to enable full access to the learner record in summer 2009.

The estimated cost of MIAP, including other key services, for the period January 2007 to January 2012 will be £53.6 million.

1 The Diploma Aggregation Service is designed and managed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to enable the aggregation and awarding of Diplomas, and became operational on 1 September this year.  The total cost of the Diploma Aggregation Service from April 2006 until 31 August 2008 is £18 million.