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Primary Education: Teaching Methods

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2007, Official Report, column 1158W, on primary education: teaching methods, what the cost per pupil is of (a) the Every Child a Reader and (b) the Every Child Counts programme; (147163)

(2) if he will break down the average per capita cost of the Every Child a Reader programme in to (a) pay for specialist trained teachers, (b) materials for pupils, (c) central administration costs for the scheme, (d) marketing and (e) other costs;

(3) how many special teachers have been trained for the (a) Every Child a Reader and (b) Every Child Counts programme.

The Every Child A Reader (ECAR) programme costs on average £2,300 per pupil. This unit cost breaks down as follows:


Costs at school level over four years

Start up costs


Training Course


Core texts


May be needed:

Children's books


Magnetic whiteboard and letters


Maximum start up costs


Running costs


0.5 teacher time for teaching = £20,000 per year over four years



Total cost to the school over 4 years


8-10 children served per 0.5 teacher time per year, average 9 children per year x 4 yrs = 36 children

Divided by 36

Cost to the school per child



The long term costs of literacy difficulties, KPMG Foundation December 2006

61 already trained specialist teachers have been re-activated and an additional 215 specialist teachers have been trained to work with children as part of the ECAR programme. ECAR is largely delivered in maintained mainstream schools although a small number of specialist teachers are delivering ECAR in special schools.

Funding of £20 million for implementing the Making Good Progress pilot in the first academic year, 2007-08, was announced on June 6 along with the details of participating pilot schools. There will be further funding for implementation in the second academic year which will be settled through the comprehensive spending review. The cost per pupil in 2007-08 will be approximately £300 and we anticipate that it will be similar in 2008-09. There will be no specific training programme for teachers in relation to the Making Good Progress pilot.

We will announce detailed allocations for Every Child Counts in due course. At this stage we do not know what the cost per pupil will be. It is likely that there will be specific training for teachers in the numeracy equivalent to Every Child A Reader when it is rolled out, the details of which (including the number of teachers to be trained) are yet to be decided.