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Schools: Calderdale

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance has been (a) requested by and (b) given to (i) the local education authority in Calderdale to support schools in special measures and (ii) schools in special measures. (124636)

A range of support is available to local authorities to help them to improve their schools, including guidance from the Department on schools causing concern, central funding from a variety of sources, a number of intervention and capacity building programmes and a network of school improvement delivery agencies some of whose work includes the provision of teaching materials and consultancy support. Every local authority has been allocated a share of an additional £30 million, over the 2006-07 and 2007-08 financial years, to support their school improvement work. Calderdale's share of this was £138,600.

Additional funding is also available from the Department’s interventions budget, to support failing and underperforming schools. Calderdale local authority was allocated £170,000 from the interventions budget in 2003-04, £184,500 in 2004-05 and £75,000 in 2005-06. This funding included support for the North Halifax Federation, including £67,000 for a school that was in special measures to support its transition to closure and successful merger with another school.