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The specialist schools programme is a UK government programme which encourages secondary schools to specialise in certain areas to boost acheivement. Currently there are over 2,000 specialist schools; which is over two thirds of the schools in England. The government plans that eventually all schools will specialise. High School also refers to the highest form of classical riding, High School Dressage. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion...

There are certain criteria which a school must meet to become a specialist school. This includes raising a minimum of £50,000 from private sector sponsorship. Microsoft has invested £1.5m in this programme. The private sector of a nations economy consists of those entities which are not controlled by the state - i. ... Sponsorship can refer to several concepts: A sponsors support of an event, activity, person, or organization. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT) headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. ...

The main benefit of becomming a specialist school is extra funding, both from the private sponsorship and government funds. Once a school has acheived specialist status the government gives the school a grant of £100,000 and an extra £126 per pupil for four years. Another benefit for the programme is that the school is able to select up to 10% of it's students, although some choose not to. Etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation verb stŭdērĕ, which means to direct ones zeal at; hence a student is one who directs zeal at a subject. ...



The fields a school can specialise in are as follows:

  • Arts
  • Business & Enterprise
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Mathematics & Computing
  • Music
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Technology

A school can also specialise in more than one area; combining specialisms.


The specialist schools programme has been critisised by both teaching unions and the opposition Conservative Party. The NASUWT for creating a two-tier education system, made up of specialist schools with extra funding and non-specialist schools which cannot benefit from any extra money. The Conservatives have critisised the programme for failing to deliver results, because although results have improved in specialist schools, this could be attributed to the extra funding. The Conservative Party is the largest political party on the right in the United Kingdom. ... The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) is a trade union for teachers in the UK. It is a member of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). ...

See also

In England, City Technology Colleges (CTCs) are independent schools which charge no fees as their recurrent costs are paid by the DfES and businesses within the private sector. ... Education in the United Kingdom is covered in the following articles: Education in England Education in Northern Ireland Education in Scotland Education in Wales Grammar schools in the United Kingdom Achievement in British Education List of schools in the United Kingdom British universities School inspection organisations: Office for Standards in...

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  Results from FactBites:
The Standards Site: What are Specialist Schools? (477 words)
Specialist schools are an important part of the Government's plans to raise standards in secondary education.
Specialist schools have a special focus on those subjects relating to their chosen specialism but must also meet the National Curriculum requirements and deliver a broad and balanced education to all pupils.
Specialist schools work with named partner schools for the benefit of pupils beyond their own school boundaries and with other groups of people in the wider community.
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