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Schools: Specialist Curriculum

Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What changes they will propose for specialist secondary schools' curriculum coverage following the latest Ofsted report. [HL708]

The department, working closely with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and the Youth Sport Trust, will continue to support specialist schools to improve the delivery of specialist curriculum subjects and drive whole school improvement. Schools can specialise in one of 10 curriculum areas. The published guidance sets out the requirements of being a specialist school, which include setting attainment targets in their chosen specialist subjects and developing as a centre of curriculum excellence. Specialist schools' progress is assessed on a regular basis linked to the Ofsted inspection cycle.