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Specialised Diplomas

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance he has issued on the criteria for entering pupils for the foundation or higher diplomas. (232334)

The prime criterion for deciding whether a young person undertakes a diploma is whether it is the best option for him or her. Diplomas, along with apprenticeships and general qualifications, are an important part of ensuring the right choices are available to young people.

Schools and colleges are determined that every young person should be able to access the programme of learning that is best suited to their abilities and aspirations. Diplomas are an important part of ensuring the right choices are available to young people and while, as with other qualifications, the diploma will not be the right choice for everyone the decision over whether a young person takes a diploma will be driven by what the young person wants to do, and what is in the best interests of that young person.