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Specialised Diplomas: Independent Schools

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which independent schools are planning to offer diplomas; and if he will make a statement. (194868)

One independent school, Polam Hall School in Darlington local authority, is part of a consortium that has approval to deliver Diplomas in September 2009. The Government encourage independent schools to deliver Diplomas. It is important for Diplomas to be available in all parts of the education sector. We are working closely with the independent schools' associations to encourage independent schools to join 14-19 consortia.