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Pupil Behaviour

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what Government spending was on (a) all school attendance initiatives, (b) the Behaviour Improvement Programme, (c) the Behaviour and Attendance Strand of Key Stage 3 strategy, (d) national truancy sweeps, (e) collection of data for the national pupil absence tables, (f) assistant regional advisers for attendance, (g) the Education Welfare Service, (h) parenting contracts for truancy, (i) parenting orders for truancy, (j) penalty notices for truancy, (k) fast-track case management for truancy and (l) e-registration in (A) primary and (B) secondary schools in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (93531)

The information is as follows:

(a) All school attendance initiatives. The Department has funded a number of initiatives which had, as part of their overall objectives, the reduction of absence. These are listed in the following table below includes the requested information on (b) behaviour improvement programme; (c) behaviour and attendance strand of KS3 strategy; (f) assistant regional advisers for attendance; and (l) e-registration.

£ million

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Behaviour Grant1

10

11

Schools Inclusion: Pupil Support Grant1

29

69

86

85

Excellence in Cities: Learning Mentors/Learning Support Units: Primary

0

21

34

34

34

34

34

34

EiC: Learning Mentors/Learning Support Units: Secondary

17

48

66

78

83

82

82

82

EiC: Clusters1

3

9

17

26

39

40

e-registration2

11

Behaviour Improvement Programme1

30

85

95

121

3

KS3 Behaviour and Attendance Strategy1

24

24

24

44

44

1 Split between primary and secondary not available.

2 Secondary only.

3 Funding of £121 million has been subsumed in the School Development Grant.

4 Includes £0.8 million in 2005-06 and £1.9m in 2002-07 for assistant regional advisers for attendance.

(d) National Truancy Sweeps are resourced by local authorities and the police and my Department does not collect information on these costs.

(e) collection of data for the national pupil absence tables: the following figures represent the value of the contract let to the company which collects the annual absence data for the Department.

£000

1997-98

102.4

1998-99

97.2

1999-2000

89.0

2000-01

171.7

2001-02

167.3

2002-03

164.6

2003-04

172.8

2004-05

177.6

2005-06

145.5

2006-07

188.0

(g) the Education Welfare Service: the following figures represent planned spend by local authorities (England only) on education welfare services.

Planned spend on Education Welfare Service1 as reported by local authorities through their S52 budget statements as at 11 October 20062

£ million

Primary3

Secondary3

Special3

Gross

Income

Net

2000-01

38.2

43.5

5.5

87.2

1.2

86.0

2001-02

39.2

47.3

4.7

91.2

1.4

89.8

2002-03

40.0

49.2

5.0

94.2

1.9

92.2

2003-04

103.8

3.1

100.7

2004-05

111.7

4.0

107.7

2005-06

117.2

4.8

112.4

2006-07

119.4

5.5

113.9

Note:

Figures are not available for earlier years.

1 Expenditure listed under line 1.6.6 (to 2002-03), 2.4.8 (2003-04 and 2004-05) and 2.4.10 (2005-06 and 2006-07) of the Section 52 budget statements which includes education welfare service (and other expenditure arising from the LEA's school attendance functions). Excludes the costs of Education Welfare Officers directly involved in issues related to child protection which are recorded separately.

2 Data are subject to change by the local authority.

3 A split by school sector is only available until 2002-03.

(h) Parenting contracts for truancy, (i) parenting orders for truancy, (j) penalty notices for truancy, (k) fast-track to attendance case management are resourced by local authorities and my Department does not collect information on these costs.