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Schools (Science)

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the designation of a school as a specialist science school on the number of pupils undertaking A-levels in science subjects. (89228)

There has been no assessment of the effect of science college status on the number of pupils taking science A-levels. Science colleges are expected to set targets for the percentage of students attaining relevant qualifications post-16, including A-levels. Progress against these targets will be important considerations when schools seek resignation of specialist status.

The recent “Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004-2014: Next Steps” document sets out a range of activities the Government are putting in place to encourage more pupils to study science at A-level and beyond.