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SCHOOL CHILDREN TO GET FULL PICTURE ON POST 16 OPTIONS

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Junior Education Minister Tim Boswell today said it was essential that school children receive full, local informat...
Junior Education Minister Tim Boswell today said it was essential that school children receive full, local information about their educational options after 16.

A letter is being sent to all secondary schools and city technology colleges drawing to their attention regulations which come into force this week. The regulations require them to pass information on to their pupils on the qualifications achieved by students in local further education colleges and their subsequent career routes.

Mr Boswell said: 'The regulations will ensure that information about further education colleges - in particular their examination results - is made available in schools and CTCs for those pupils approaching the end of their compulsory schooling.

'It is vital that as part of our efforts to meet the challenging national targets for education and training, half our young people are actually achieving academic or vocational A levels by the turn of the century.

'This will depend partly on 15-16 year olds being able to make rational and informed choices about what's on offer.

The regulations are made in respect of England only. The Secretary of State for Wales intends to make separate regulations in due course.

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