§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether the proposed new 17-plus examination will be taken solely by those who continue at school or enter sixth form colleges, or solely by those participating in the new vocational training year, or by both.
§ Mr. William Shelton
The proposed new 17—plus qualification is designed for young people with modest examination achievements at 16-plus who continue in full-time education, either in schools or colleges, at the end of the compulsory period of education. The youth training scheme is for those who have left full-time education but the Government statement "17+: A New Qualification", published in May, describes the steps which will be taken to co-ordinate the content and assessment of the two schemes.