§ 18. Mr. Rammell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the development of the Excellence in Cities programme. 
§ Mr. Miliband
Excellence in Cities covers 58 local authority areas and their secondary schools. It also includes Excellence Clusters and selected primary schools. With new ways of working based on effective partnerships the programme is already making an impact. Overall standards are rising faster in EiC schools than elsewhere. We are determined to secure and extend these gains by helping all EiC partnerships to perform at the level of the best.