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School Funding

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions are planned with Peterborough city council prior to the allocation of the dedicated schools grant for 2007-08, with particular reference to funding for children in maintained schools (a) whose first language is not English and (b) who are from ethnic minorities and are underachieving; and if he will make a statement. (110737)

[holding answer 25 January]: Mainstream school funding is provided through the dedicated schools grant (DSG) which sets local authorities allocations for 2006-07 and 2007-08: the allocations for 2007-08 will depend on pupil numbers in schools in January 2007 and the guaranteed unit of funding per pupil set in December 2005, which took account of the number of children for whom English is an additional language and those pupils from ethnic minorities who are underachieving.

The increase in Peterborough's DSG guaranteed unit of funding was 7 per cent. in 2006-07 and will be 6.8 per cent. in 2007-08.

The guaranteed unit of funding per pupil was set in December 2005 to provide authorities with predictability and stability over a multi-year period; local authorities were fully consulted as part of this process. I am therefore not planning discussions with individual local authorities on their DSG allocations for 2007-08.

In addition to DSG, schools also receive funding through the ethnic minority achievement grant (EMAG) for pupils for whom English is an additional language and pupils from ethnic minorities who are underachieving in the authority.