BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

Accessibility help
Text only
BBC Homepage
BBC Radio
Woman's Hour - Weekdays 10-11am, Saturdays 4-5pm
Listen online to Radio 4

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

  What's so good about specialist schools? Tuesday 27 January 2004  
Image: Teacher and pupil
The latest batch of specialist schools - including the first music and humanities schools is announced later this week. As their recently-released exam results seem to be outshining others, is it time to embrace the notion of specialism at secondary level?

Or is there still an argument for keeping education general while young people go through the fluctuations of their teenage years and tastes? And what if your local school is a Music College but you're a budding Paula Radcliffe or Tracey Emin?
Reporter Kate Weidmann talks to Akua Boateng, a pupil at St Cecilia's Church of England secondary school which has an emphasis on teaching music.
Jenni is then joined by Margaret Tulloch of CASE (Campaign for State Education) and David Miliband MP, Minister for Schools Standards to discuss the pros and cons of specialist schools.

Campaign for State Education
DFES Specialist Schools
Specialist Schools Trust

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.
Recent items about Education
22 March 2010: Home education
15 Feb 2010: Women and Maths
More items in the Education Archive
Listen now to the latest Woman's Hour
Listen Now
Latest programme
Listen again to previous programmes
Listen Again
Previous programmes

Retired? Downsizing? Moving home to be nearer the kids?

We'd like to hear your stories about moving house


About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy