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English Language Support

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much funding his Department has provided for English as an additional language support in schools in (a) England and (b) the London borough of Newham in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07; (80627)

(2) whether his Department plans to increase funding for English as an additional language support in schools.

Schools receive funding to provide English as an additional language (EAL) support to their pupils through two sources: mainstream school funding and the ethnic minority achievement grant (EMAG).

Mainstream school funding is calculated to take account of the additional cost of support required by pupils, EAL needs.

Figures below for 2004-05 and 2005-06 represent the funding allocated through the EAL part of the education formula spending. The changes to school funding following the introduction of the dedicated schools grant in 2006-07 mean that it is no longer possible to identify the exact proportions of the overall funding allocated on the basis of EAL. For illustrative purposes, however, an estimate is provided below for 2006-07:

£ million

Programme year

England

Newham

2004-05

257.651

11.081

2005-06

282.693

11.81

2006-07

305.000

12.400

Mainstream school funding through the dedicated school grant has increased by 6.8 per cent. per pupil in 2006-07 and 6.7 per cent. in 2007-08. Funding levels beyond 2007-08 are subject to the outcomes of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

Each local authority receives an ethnic minority achievement grant (EMAG), which must be used to support underachieving minority ethnic pupils and pupils with EAL needs. Local authorities are required to pass 85 per cent. of their allocation to schools using a locally agreed formula. Newham's EMAG allocation has increased significantly and well above the rate of inflation over the period 2004-05 to 2006-07 and will increase further in 2007-08. Allocations beyond 2007-08 are subject to the outcomes of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

£ million

National

Newham

2004-05

162

2

2005-06

168

3

2006-07

178

3.9

2007-08

188

4.5