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Specialised Diplomas: Rural Areas

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 11 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to help rural schools collaborate in offering diploma courses. (242003)

We know that rural areas face a particular set of challenges and so we have made £23 million available over the next two years to the 40 most rural areas in the country to help drive local solutions and innovation.

This includes:

Funding the post of travel and access coordinator in each of the 40 most rural areas;

Providing £1 million of capital to the 20 most rural areas to help them develop innovative solutions; and

Providing a small amount of funding to support a rural pairing scheme to help the 40 most rural areas share practice and explore solutions together.

We have also appointed a rural adviser to support areas in their delivery of the 14-19 reform programmes.