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Education Funding

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial assistance will be offered to local education authorities where a significant proportion of children do not speak English as their first language in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (101858)

The ethnic minority achievement grant (EMAG) is a ring-fenced grant which provides a contribution towards additional support for underachieving ethnic minority pupils and support for those pupils for whom English is an additional language. The total grant for 2007-08 is £179 million. The dedicated schools grant (DSG) gives local authorities allocations for multi-year periods: the allocations for 2007-08 will depend on pupil numbers in schools in January 2007, and the guaranteed unit of funding set in December 2005, which is set out as follows, is influenced by the number of children for whom English is an additional language in the authority.

The formula used to calculate Schools Formula Spending Share for 2005-06 and previous years took account of the extra spending needed by those authorities with populations of children for whom English is an additional language, and from low- performing ethnic minority groups. Approximately £435 million of the £24.6 billion Schools FSS for 2005-06 was distributed on the basis of numbers of children in these two categories. Since the formula for dedicated schools grant starts from local authorities' spending on schools for 2005-06, that will also take account of the extra spending needed by authorities with such children.

When we have the results of the spending review in summer 2007, we will set indicative allocations for a three-year period for 2008-09 to 2010-11, which will be finalised when we have the pupil numbers for each year. We will be consulting in spring 2007—as part of the new school funding arrangements from 2008-09—on new arrangements for distributing DSG to local authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much Government funding per head has been provided to local education authorities for children in (a) Shropshire, (b) Herefordshire, (c) Staffordshire, (d) Warwickshire and (e) Gloucestershire in 2006-07. (101893)

The following table shows the dedicated schools grant guaranteed unit of funding:

2006-07 DSG guaranteed unit of funding

£

Gloucestershire

3,358.48

Herefordshire

3,296.93

Shropshire

3,338.62

Staffordshire

3,381.34

Warwickshire

3,403.98

Notes:

1. The majority of funding for schools is delivered through the dedicated schools grant (DSG) which was introduced in April 2006. The DSG offers a guaranteed amount per pupil, and these figures are given in the table above.

2. Funding through revenue grants has not been included in the figures.