§ 20. Mr. Jenkin
To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in Essex have now opted out of local authority control; and if he will make a statement on Government policies to encourage further schools to seek grant-maintained status.
§ Mr. Forth
Thirty-three schools in Essex are today operating as self-governing grant-maintained schools. From Thursday that number will be 53, with three more approved for a later start. These figures, and the 34 further Essex schools with applications in the pipeline, demonstrate the appeal of self-government to parents. Provisions in the Education Bill will ease the path to GM status.
§ 28. Mr. Nigel Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools have acquired grant-maintained status to date.