Schools (Science)

Education and Skills written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Claire Curtis-Thomas Claire Curtis-Thomas Labour, Crosby

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the designation of a school as a specialist science school on the number of pupils undertaking A-levels in science subjects.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

There has been no assessment of the effect of science college status on the number of pupils taking science A-levels. Science colleges are expected to set targets for the percentage of students attaining relevant qualifications post-16, including A-levels. Progress against these targets will be important considerations when schools seek resignation of specialist status.

The recent "Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004-2014: Next Steps" document sets out a range of activities the Government are putting in place to encourage more pupils to study science at A-level and beyond.

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