The 2006 pre-Budget report announced that capital investment in education will rise by an additional £250 million, £750 million and £1,850 million over the years 2008-09 to 2010-11. These additions ensure that, as announced in Budget 2006, capital investment in schools will rise from £6.4 billion in 2007-08 to £8 billion in 2010-11.
The 2006 pre-Budget report announced an additional £130 million in direct payments for schools in England in 2007-08, including to support personalisation and extended services.
These additions, channelled through the schools standards grant, mean that direct payments to schools will rise to an average of £200 per pupil for primary schools and £225 per pupil for secondary schools in 2007-08. This compares to 2006-07 levels of direct payments at £159 and £171 respectively; and previously planned 2007-08 levels of direct payments at £178 and £213 respectively.
The pre-Budget report also announced £10 million in 2007-08 to improve guidance to schools on supporting boys' reading and writing, and provide additional small group support and tuition targeted towards 400 secondary schools where the gender gap is largest.