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Specialised Diplomas

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the total cost of the implementation of the diploma programme. (226435)

We have spent £65.2 million on diplomas during the last three years. We are providing additional funding to support diploma delivery and capacity building over the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) years; over the next three years we are making an additional £373.8 million available to support the diploma programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to publish an estimate of the number of children studying for diplomas in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. (227725)

The Secretary of State made a statement in the House of Commons on 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 532-33, about the number of young people who have embarked on a diploma course.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils he expects to enrol on a new diploma course in September (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011; and if he will make a statement. (229013)

We will not know how many students will begin a diploma course in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 or (c) 2011 until after young people begin to make choices about their options. For 2009 enrolment, young people will begin to make choices next year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools he expects to offer one or more new diploma courses starting in September (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011; and if he will make a statement. (229014)

307 consortia are approved to offer one or more diplomas from September 2009. A total of 3394 institutions are involved with these consortia, including 2205 maintained secondary schools and 62 Academies. We do not yet have figures for 2010 or 2011 delivery.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate of the number of students who will begin a diploma course in 2009-10 is; and if he will make a statement. (229023)

We will not know how many students will begin a diploma course in 2009-10. For 2009 enrolment, young people will begin to make choices next year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to introduce a general diploma. (229024)

The 14-19 diploma is being introduced in four phases between 2008 and 2011. By 2011 there will be 17 lines of learning covering a wide range of employment sectors and subjects, and we will be introducing a national entitlement to the diploma from 2013. The full range of diploma qualifications will allow all young people who wish to do so to follow a course of study which combines applied and theoretical learning within a coherent overall framework built around core skills of literacy and numeracy. We do not have any plans to introduce a further, general diploma at this time. The Government have, however, committed to carrying out a full review of 14-19 qualifications, including the diploma, in 2013.