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Specialist Schools

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of maintained secondary schools which are entitled to but have not yet become specialist schools; and what his most recent estimate is of the annual cost of increasing the funding of these schools to the average level of schools granted specialist status. (201103)

There are 343 maintained secondary schools which are not specialist, although these are not all eligible to join the programme because they do not all meet the requirements of the Specialist Schools programme. Should they all join the programme, the extra revenue cost would be around £33.3 million.