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Specialist Schools Status

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his estimate is of the annual cost of increasing the funding of all maintained secondary schools to at least the level obtained by those schools granted specialist status; and if he will make a statement; (169798)

(2) how many maintained secondary schools have not yet attained specialist status; how many of these have failed to meet the required minimum standards for specialist school application; and if he will make a statement.

The estimate of the annual cost of increasing the funding of all maintained secondary schools to at least the level obtained by those schools granted specialist status is around £39 million.

There are 408 maintained secondary schools outside the programme. Since 2003, of those schools, 153 have applied but not met the standard for specialist school status.