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SPECIALIST SCHOOLS IMPROVE RESULTS FASTER THAN ORDINARY COMPREHENSIVES

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Specialist schools, which rely on investment from business to attract extra government funding, are improving exam ...
Specialist schools, which rely on investment from business to attract extra government funding, are improving exam results twice as fast as other comprehensives, according to new figures.

The Financial Times (p8) reports that the schools, which will make up 20% of all secondary schools by 2001, saw the number of pupils gaining GCSE at A* to C grades in five or more subjects jump by 23% compared to 12% for comprehensives.

'There is also clear evidence that the longer a school has been designated a sepcialist school the greater the improvement,' said Sir Cyril Taylor, chairman of the Technology Colleges Trust.

Next week the government is also due to announce the latest successful bids for special school status boosting the current total of around 400.

Specialist schools, which grew from the previous government's City Technology College initiative, can attract£580,000 worth of extra funding over four years on the back on£50,000 raised to support an initial bid for special status.

About 65% of specialist schools focus on technology, 15% on languages, 10% on the arts and the rest on sport.

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