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Education: Assessments

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) maintained comprehensive and (b) independent schools have applied for funding to teach the pre-U qualification; (286385)

(2) how many pupils are studying for the Cambridge pre-U examination in (a) maintained comprehensive schools and (b) independent schools.

[holding answer 13 July 2009]: Post-16 funding allocations to maintained schools are made on the basis of overall learners’ volumes and not by qualification type. It is not possible to provide information on the allocation of funding to maintained schools for the pre-U qualification. DCSF does not fund independent schools.

It is not possible to provide information on the numbers of pupils studying for the pre-U qualification. I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 25 March 2009, Official Report, column 535W.