Card Connections

The Connections Card was a smart card for 16-to-19-year-olds in England for rewarding students who turned up to work-based training and other activities. , [1] dayneys bus [2] or suitable goods in local retailers. [3]

The seven-year contract to the Connections Card was won by Capita , [4] signed in July 2001, [5] and operated as a Public-Private Partnership with a budget of £ 109million. [6]

The scheme flopped [7] and was terminated in the summer of 2006 [8] with a saving of £ 23million. [9] But only 1 million cards had been issued [10] but only 145,947 had ever been used. [11](183 million [11] out of 1.6 billion points [12] had been redeemed.)

An official evaluation of the program completed in September 2004 [13] concluded that the program had fallen into place (eg 1.7 million young people using the card in a steady state) and there was no clear evidence of a direct impact on attitudes. to attendance, learning or career choices. Indeed, the only young people in the world who do not have a problem in the first place. [13] The inflexible contract with Capita was also more effective. And, as predicted, [14] the system where students had to swipe their cards through a reader connected to Capita’s central database at the beginning of every lesson (in addition to the school keeping their own attendance register) was a disaster.[13]

See also

  • Individual Learning Account


  1. Jump up^ Monbiot, George (8 January 2002). “The Corporate Takeover of Childhood” . The Guardian.
  2. Jump up^ Tony McNulty (28 October 2003). “Transport – Bus Services” . Hansard.
  3. Jump up^ “Northumberland County Press Release Council Archives – Support For Connections Card” . January 20, 2004.
  4. Jump up^ Ivan Lewis (18 July 2001). “Education and Skills – Connections Card” . Hansard.
  5. Jump up^ Beverley Hughes MP (22 May 2006). “Education and Skills – Connections” . Hansard.
  6. Jump up^ Ivan Lewis MP. “Education and Skills – PFI / PPPs” . Hansard.
  7. Jump up^ Henry, Julie; Wignall, Hannah (11 June 2006). “Students’ reward card flop earned Capita £ 66m” . London: The Telegraph . Retrieved 30 April2010 .
  8. Jump up^ Jim Knight MP (19 December 2006). “Education and Skills – Public Finance Contracts” . Hansard.
  9. Jump up^ Parmjit Dhanda MP. “Education and Skills – Connections” . Hansard.
  10. Jump up^ Beverley Hughes MP (5 May 2006). “Education and Skills – Connections” . Hansard.
  11. ^ Jump up to:b Parmjit Dhanda MP (22 January 2007). “Education and Skills – Connections Cards” . Hansard.
  12. Jump up^ Parmjit Dhanda MP (22 January 2007). “Education and Skills – Connections Cards” . Hansard.
  13. ^ Jump up to:c John Rodger and Georgina Cowen (27 January 2005). “National Evaluation of Connexions Card” . York Consulting Ltd.
  14. Jump up^ Beckett, Francis (8 October 2002). “Points mean prizes” . London: The Guardian.

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