The Specialist Schools Programme: golden goose or conjuring trick?

@article{Noden2006TheSS,
  title={The Specialist Schools Programme: golden goose or conjuring trick?},
  author={Philip Noden and Ian Schagen},
  journal={Oxford Review of Education},
  year={2006},
  volume={32},
  pages={431 - 448}
}
The Specialist Schools Programme was launched in England in 1993. Under the programme, schools submit a bid to central government to specialise in specified curriculum areas. To qualify to participate they must raise private sponsorship to contribute to the cost of their development plans and set targets, including targets for pupils' attainment. The paper uses multiple linear regression and multi‐level modelling to examine pupils' attainment. Our evidence suggests that, in 2001, pupils at… 

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