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Schools: Hearing Impaired

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) maintained and (b) independent schools for deaf and hearing-impaired pupils there were in each year since 1997; and how many places were provided in each category in each such year. [183287]


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Kevin Brennan: The numbers of maintained and independent schools that have statutory provision for deaf and hearing impaired pupils are given in the following tables. The number of places provided in these schools is not collected centrally.

Table A: Maintained schools
First priority Second priority Third priority Total

1997

10

5

0

15

1998

10

5

0

15

1999

10

5

0

15

2000

10

5

0

15

2001

8

4

0

12

2002

7

4

0

11

2003

7

4

0

11

2004

7

7

0

14

2005

7

6

1

14

2006

7

4

1

12

2007

8

4

1

13


Table B : Independent schools
First priority Second priority Third priority Total

1997

13

1

0

14

1998

13

1

0

14

1999

13

1

0

14

2000

13

1

0

14

2001

15

1

0

16

2002

15

1

0

16

2003

'14

1

0

15

2004

14

1

0

15

2005

14

1

0

15

2006

14

5

0

19

2007

14

4

0

18


Schools: Sefton

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what per pupil funding was in Sefton in each year since 1993 in (a) real and (b) cash terms; and if he will make a statement. [181151]

Jim Knight: The per pupil revenue funding figures for years 1997-98 to 2005-06, for Sefton local authority are shown in the following table. Comparable figures are not available for 1993-94 to 1996-97.


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£
Cash Real

1997-98

2,367

2,943

1998-99

2,498

3,029

1999-2000

2,655

3,156

2000-01

2,936

3,440

2001-02

3,167

3,624

2002-03

3,384

3,755

2003-04

3,644

3,930

2004-05

3,868

4,060

2005-06

4,139

4,254

Notes:
1. Price Base: The real terms figures are at 2006-07 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 26 September 2007
2. Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of standard spending assessment/education formula spending (EFS) settlements and exclude the pensions transfer to EFS and LSC.
3. Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DfES Departmental Expenditure Limits relevant to pupils aged three to 19 and exclude education maintenance allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA level.
4. The pupil numbers used to convert m figures to per pupil are those underlying the SSA/EFS settlement calculations plus PLASC three-year-old maintained pupils and estimated three to four-year-olds funded through state support in maintained and other educational institutions where these are not included in the SSA pupil numbers.
5. Rounding: Figures are rounded to the nearest £.
6. Figures are provided in both cash and real terms.

The revenue per pupil figures shown in the following table is taken from the dedicated schools grant (DSG) which was introduced in April 2006. They are not comparable with those for the years 1997-98 to 2005-06 because the introduction of the DSG in 2006-07 fundamentally changed how local authorities are funded.

The 1997-98 to 2005-06 figures are based on education formula spending (EPS) which formed the education part of the Local Government Finance Settlement, plus various grants. The DSG is based on planned spend. In addition, the DSG has a different coverage to EFS, which comprises a schools block and an LEA block (to cover LEA central functions) whereas DSG only covers the school block. LEA block items are still funded through DCLG's Local Government Finance Settlement but education items cannot be separately identified. Consequently, there is a break in the Department's time series as the two sets of data are not comparable.

Per pupil revenue funding figures for years 2006-07 to 2007-08 for Sefton local authority
£
Cash Real

2006-07

4,195

4,195

2007-08

4,458

4,341

Notes:
1. The revenue funding per pupil figures only run to 2005-06 because we cannot provide a consistent time series beyond that year as the introduction of the dedicated schools grant (DSG) in 2006-07 fundamentally changed how local authorities are funded. The 1997-98 to 2005-06 figures are based on education formula spending (EFS) which formed the education part of the Local Government Finance Settlement, plus various grants. This was an assessment of what local authorities needed to fund education rather than what they spent. In 2006-07 funding for schools changed with the introduction of the DSG which is based largely on an authority's planned spend.
2. In addition, DSG has a different coverage to EFS: EFS comprised a schools block and an LEA block (to cover LEA central functions) whereas DSG only covers the school block. LEA block items are still funded through DCLG's Local Government Finance Settlement but education items cannot be separately identified. This means we have a break in our time series as the two sets of data are not comparable.
3. Some of the grant allocations have not been finalised. If these do change, the effect on the funding figures is expected to be minimal.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much capital funding has been allocated to Sefton council for new school facilities in addition to standard capital allocations in each year since 1993; and how much of such funding has been allocated to Formby. [181150]


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Jim Knight: The Department has maintained a central record of capital allocations to local authorities since 1996-97. Capital funding allocated to Sefton during the period 1996 to 2008, excluding that allocated as capital formula funding to the local authority and direct to schools, is set out in the following table:

£ million

1996-97

0

1997-98

1.0

1998-99

1.7

1999-2000

4.1

2000-01

5.6

2001-02

3.8

2002-03

6.9

2003-04

4.5

2004-05

0.5

2005-06

3.6

2006-07

7.3

2007-08

23.1

Total

62.1


The £23.1 million allocation in 2007-08 is for a one school pathfinder project.

The Department does not keep records of the amount allocated to Formby, as this is determined by the local authority in accordance with priorities set out in its asset management plan.

During the period 1996-97 to 2007-08 a total of £149.5 million has been allocated to Sefton, including formula funding. A further £55.5 million is planned to be allocated in the period 2008-09 to 2010-11. Local
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authorities and schools are able to use their formula funding either to improve existing facilities, or to construct additional facilities.

Schools: Work Experience

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on work experience at schools. [181036]

Jim Knight: The Education Act 2002 introduced from September 2004 an entitlement for all pupils to a programme of work related learning at Key Stage 4 (14 to 16-year-olds). Work related learning may be provided in a number of ways, including through work experience. It is Government policy that young people should participate in work experience at Key Stage 4. 95 per cent. of young people do so and there is good evidence that the vast majority of them and the employers that provide the places enjoy and value their experience. A minimum of 10 days work-experience will be a requirement of Diplomas.


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