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Bill Rammell: There is no standard definition of a mature student used in analysis of further education statistics. The following table provides an age breakdown of learners on Learning and Skills Council-funded further education provision in 2005-06.
|Learners on LSC-funded further education provision in 2005-06 by age|
Learning and Skills Council's individualised learner records
| Source: DFES database of teacher records. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10.|
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of children received five A*-C GCSE grades and equivalent in each year since 1996; and what qualifications are included as an equivalent to GCSE. 
Jim Knight: The Department for Educational and Skills has collected data for GCSE equivalencies since 2004. Prior to this, only GCSE and GNVQ data was collected at key stage 4. The proportion of pupils in England achieving five plus A*-C at GCSE and equivalent since 2004 is shown in the following table.
|Percentage of 15-year-old pupils achieving 5+A*-C at GCSE and equivalent|
|(1)Figures for 2006 are revised. All other figures are final.|
Figures reporting achievements in GCSE and equivalent qualifications include results in all entry level, level 1 and level 2 qualifications which are approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority as appropriate for pupils pre-16. GCE and VCE AS levels are the only level 3 qualifications which have been included. The general range of qualifications, together with the qualification families into which they fall, are as follows:
GCSE (full course)
GCSE (short course)
Entry level 3
Entry level 2
Entry level 1
Applied GCE AS double award
Applied GCE AS/VCE AS
Full GNVQ, Intermediate
GNVQ Part 1, Intermediate
Full GNVQ, Foundation
GNVQ Part 1, Foundation
NVQ Level 2
NVQ Level 1
VRQ Level 2 or BTEC First
VRQ Level 1
Key skills Level 2
Key Skills Level 1
Basic skills Level 2
Basic skills Level 1
Intermediate GNVQ language unit
NVQ language unit at Level 2
Foundation GNVQ language unit
NVQ language unit at Level 1
Graded exam (grade 8)
Graded exam (grade 7)
Graded exam (grade 6)
Graded exam (grade 5)
Graded exam (grade 4)
Graded exam (grade 3)
Graded exam (grade 2)
Graded exam (grade1)
Other general qualifications L2
Other general qualifications L1
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of young people completing GCSEs only achieved five A*-C GCSE grades including English and mathematics in each year since 1996. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 2 February 2007]: The following table shows the number(1) and percentage of 15-year-old pupils(2) who achieved five or more A*-C grades at GCSE only including English and maths in each year since 1996.
|Number of 15-year-olds achieving 5+A*-C at GCSE only including E and M||Percentage of 15-year-olds achieving 5+A*-C at GCSE only including E and M|
|(1 )Numbers are rounded to the nearest 100.|
(2 )Pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year i.e. 31 August.
(3 )Data for 2006 are revised. Data for all other years are final.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2006, Official Report, columns 1733-35W, on further education, when he expects the Learning and Skills Council to publish data on the destinations of learners after completion of their LSC-funded programmes for the period 2002 to 2006. 
Bill Rammell [holding answer 30 January 2007]: Since 2002-03, figures on destinations of those leaving work-based learning programmes have been collected by the Learning and Skills Council from learning providers in the Individualised Learner record.
Statisticians in the Department and the LSC are still assessing the reliability and validity of the relevant data, and developing an appropriate methodology to measure the destinations of work-based learners. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by the end of February, and I will write to the hon. Member at that time.
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