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Five-Year Strategy for Children and Learners

Volume 453: debated on Monday 20 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new school sixth forms he expects to be created under paragraphs 36 to 42 of the Five Year Strategy for Children and Learners (Cm 6272) in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009. (101395)

By December 2006, 13 schools are likely to have submitted proposals to the Schools Organisation Committee under the arrangements announced in the Five Year Strategy and 14-19 White Paper, where there is ‘presumption’ of success for sixth form proposals from high performing vocational specialist schools. We expect that 26 schools will be eligible to make proposals under these arrangements in 2007, although it is not known how many will take up the opportunity. By 2008, we anticipate that 60 high performing schools will have used the ‘presumption’ arrangements to establish new sixth forms. Assumptions cannot be made at this time about 2009.