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Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department is taking to monitor the number of students regularly attending the 250 pilot science and engineering clubs; (187355)

(2) what steps his Department is taking to assess the impact of science and engineering clubs on pupil (a) interest and (b) achievement in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

The Department has commissioned Sheffield Hallam University to undertake an evaluation of the clubs. An interim report is due to be published in the next few weeks and a full report is due in autumn 2008.

We propose to monitor pupils’ progress, attainment and subject choice in future years.