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Secondary Education: West Lancashire

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the allocation to each secondary school in West Lancashire constituency was for extended schools development in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. (143536)

The Department does not hold information on how much funding each secondary school in West Lancashire constituency was allocated for extended schools development in either 2006-07 or 2007-08, and the information requested can be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

The Government have allocated a total of £384 million to local authorities in England over the period 2006-08 to support the development of extended schools. The Department for Education and Skills encourages all local authorities to devolve their extended schools funding to their schools. This should be done in line with their plan for rolling out extended schools which they will have drawn up in discussion with all their schools. Lancashire has received £3,531,061 in 2006-07 and £4,515,291 in 2007-08. We do not break down funding by parliamentary constituency.

In addition to this, schools are able to use their school standards grant to support the development of extended services. This is a wide-ranging grant that schools can use for any purpose of the school and which from 2006-07 can also be used for extended school provision. It is entirely for the school to decide how they use this funding depending on their particular priorities.

To date, good progress is being made in Lancashire towards the Government’s aim of all schools providing access to extended services by 2010. Thus far, 66 schools in Lancashire are providing access to the full range of extended services of which 11 are secondary schools.