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Specialised Diplomas

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) academies, (b) comprehensive schools and (c) independent schools he expects to be offering the new diplomas in September (i) 2008, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2010. (188396)

From September 2008, 25 per cent. of maintained mainstream secondary schools will be offering diplomas, along with 41 per cent. of colleges, and 54 per cent. of academies. From September 2009, we anticipate that 72 per cent. of mainstreamed maintained secondary schools will be offering diplomas, along with 88 per cent. of colleges, and 75 per cent. of academies. We do not expect any independent schools to be delivering diplomas from 2008, and expect two independent schools to be delivering diplomas from 2009. Complete figures for 2010 will not be available until the completion of the next Diploma Gateway process next spring.