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Grant-Maintained Schools

Volume 264: debated on Thursday 19 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what changes she proposes to the rules regarding sale of assets by grant-maintained schools. [37063]

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced on 12 September 1995 that, as from next April, grant-maintained schools will be able to retain the full proceeds from the disposal of surplus assets. We are consulting widely on the proposed change and it is, therefore, too early to say how the new arrangements will work.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the total number of pupils in grant-maintained schools eligible to bid for capital grant for named projects in each financial year from 1990–91 to 1995–96; and what was the total number of pupils in local education association maintained schools at the same time. [55807]

Schools which have become grant-maintained by January of a given calendar year are eligible to bid for grant for the financial year commencing the following April. The figures in this table give the total number of pupils in grant-maintained and local authority maintained schools each January from 1990 to 1995.

YearTotal pupils (CM)Total pupils (LA)
1990–9113,7316,926,487
1991–9236,4456,955,710
1992–93108,9956,978,421
1993–94243,0236,979,743
1994–95556,6996,712,078
1995–961663,1006,734,000
1 Provisional data.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the total amount paid to grant-maintained schools in special purpose grant (restructuring); and in each case, (a) how many schools received grant, (b) how many head teacher posts were affected, (c) how many teaching posts were affected and (d) how many other posts were affected for each of the financial years 1989–90 to 1994–95. [36150]

The Funding Agency for Schools assumed responsibility on 1 April 1994 for the calculation and payment of special purpose grants to grant-maintained schools. It also holds data for previous years. I have asked the chairman of the Funding Agency to write to the hon. Member.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how may copies have been produced and, in each case, at what total cost of (a) "Going GM: A Brief Guide" and (b) the updated edition of "How to become a Grant-Maintained School". [36185]

A total of 40,000 copies of "Going Grant Maintained: A Brief Guide" have been produced at a cost of some £15,800—39p per copy. A total of 15,000 copies of "How to Become a Grant-Maintained School", 1995 edition, have been produced at a cost of some £27,200, or £1.81 per copy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to her answer of 4 May, Official Report, column 286, if she will list, in chronological order, the "Going GM" conferences held by her Department on grant-maintained status since 14 March giving in each case (a) the date, (b) the location, (c) the number of schools invited, (d) the number of schools represented, (e) the number of representatives attending and (f) the cost. [35776]

The information requested is set out in the table below:

DateLocationNumber of Schools Invited2Number of Schools RepresentedNumber of DelegatesCost3 £
13.05.95Cambridge4059263,660
19.05.95Bournemouth11,440631356,072
05.06.95Bristol1,089591357,951
09.06.95Newcastle1,71028494,046
22.06.95Scarborough1,44634724,011
11.07.95Milton Keynes1,437691316,365
Total32,105
1 An earlier conference in Bournemouth on 14 March 1995 was heavily over-subscribed. This second conference was largely for delegates who were unable to gain a place at the first.
2 A number of schools were invited to more than one conference in order to give headteachers and governors more choice over date and location.
3 Costs listed are those attributable to specific conferences. In addition there is an on-going contract for support services which for the above six conferences has totalled £41,642.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what plans her Department has to hold further "Going GM" conferences; and what financial provision has been made for further conferences.

Departmental officials are planning to hold another eight "Going GM" conferences before the end of December, at an estimated total cost to the Department of about £100,000. Plans for conferences after that date have not yet been decided.