HC Deb 30 July 1997 vol 299 c354W
Ms Dari Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for Service Children's Education for 1997–98. [12217]

Mr. Spellar

The chief executive has been set the following key targets for 1997–98:

  1. 1. Exceed UK LEA average of pupils gaining A* to C grades in five or more subjects at GCSE by 2 per cent.
  2. 2. Exceed UK average percentage pass rate at grades A* to C by 1 per cent.
  3. 3. Maintain an overall percentage pass rate for GNVQ intermediate level at 91 per cent.
  4. 4. Exceed UK average pass rate at standard attainment tasks and tests—SATS—at each of ages seven, 11, and 14 in English, Maths and Science by 2 per cent.
  5. 5. Implement the SCE elements of the MOD scheme(s) for the provision of nursery education overseas from September 1997 for a trial/pilot scheme.
  6. 6. To achieve a percentage reduction in real terms in pupil per capita costs—measured against total agency resource costs—of 2.5 per cent.
  7. 7. Achieve an index of satisfaction with service children's education within the Army wives continuous attitude survey above 352.
  8. 8. Ensure percentage of inquiries and/or requests answered within 10 days of receipt is at least 85 per cent.