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Education: 14 to 19 Diplomas

Volume 700: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2008

My honourable friend the Minister of State for Schools (Jim Knight) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I have today announced the outcome of the Diploma Gateway 2 process to approve consortia to offer between one and 10 of the first 10 diploma lines to young people from September 2009. A list of the consortia and their approval status has been placed in the Library.

The diplomas will broaden the options available to young people, encouraging more to continue learning for longer and gain the qualifications they need to progress into further and higher education, and employment. They are fundamental to our proposals on raising the participation age, as set out in the Education and Skills Bill introduced to the House on 28 November 2007. The availability of the first 10 diploma lines from 2009 shows that we are on track with our priorities set out in our 14-19 Education and Skills Implementation Plan (2005).