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Voluntary Schools: Capital Investment

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd April 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Guidance and criteria for proposers bidding for capital funding to support the establishment of a new voluntary aided school, published in December 2018, what evidence they had of improving the diversity within the governing body of a school supporting greater inclusion and integration in, and between, communities.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The guidance and criteria for the voluntary-aided capital scheme sets out how new voluntary- aided schools will need to support inclusivity and integration within and between communities and explains that diversity on the governing body is a way for proposers to demonstrate their commitment to this.

The bids received in the first round of the voluntary-aided capital scheme are currently being assessed, and the outcome of that assessment will be announced in due course once the assessment stage is complete.

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