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Specialist Status Schools

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answers of 19 May 2003, Official Report, column 560W, and 21 May 2003, Official Report, column 831W, on GCSE point scores, if he will make a statement on the academic impact of specialist status on sports colleges. [117316]

Using a value added measure based on KS2 point scores and GCSE 5 or more A*-C outcomes in schools and sports colleges in 2002 produced an added value measure of + 1 percentage point compared with a - 1.5 percentage points compared with all nonselective, non-specialist schools and non-selective sports colleges.1

1Educational outcomes and value added by specialist schools, 2002 Analysis, Professor David Jesson, University of York.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 19 May 2003, Official Report, column 560W, on GCSE point scores, what the average capped GCSE/GNVQ point score was for pupils in specialist languages colleges in 2002; and if he will make a statement. [117317]

In 2002 the average capped1 GCSE/ GNVQ point score2 for Language Colleges (operational as at September 2001) was 39.1.Language Colleges raise standards of achievement and the quality of teaching and learning in modern foreign languages, using this as a catalyst for whole school improvement.

1 Average capped GCSE/GNVQ point scores are calculated using the best 8 GCSE/GNVQ results.
2 GCSE/GNVQ point scores are calculated as follows:
GCSE grades A* to G count as 8 to 1 points respectively, GCSE Short Courses grades A* to G count as 4 to ½ respectively. The GNVQ grades D, M and P count as 7½, 6 and 5 points respectively at Intermediate level, and 4, 3 and 1½ points respectively at Foundation level. These points need to be multiplied by 2 for GNVQ Part One and by 4 for Full GNVQs.