HC Deb 20 June 1996 vol 279 c552W
Ms Jowell

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment she has made of the performance, by(a) subject and (b) ethnic minority of female ethnic minority pupils at (i) general certificate of secondary education and (ii) A-level. [32692]

Mr. Paice

The Dearing review of 16 to 19 qualifications included a recommendation for work on developing a framework for national monitoring of candidate achievement by ethnic origin, which my right hon. Friend remitted to the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority and National Council for Vocational Qualifications for further study and advice. We also intend to obtain information about the progress of minority ethnic pupils in individual schools, by means of information gathered by the Office for Standards in Education as part of its regular inspection cycle and to undertake research as necessary, to look in greater depth at particular issues.

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