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Classroom Assistants: Mathematics

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 783W, on classroom assistants: mathematics, (1) what assessment his Department has made of the degree to which the scheme is meeting its objectives; (146954)

(2) when the scheme began; and how much funding his Department gave to the scheme in each financial year since it started.

The Student Associate Scheme began in the academic year 2003-04, The following table details the budget for each academic year to date. The scheme has proved to be extremely successful with schools, higher education institutions and undergraduates. Its twin aims are to use the undergraduates as role models for school pupils and to encourage bright undergraduates into initial teacher training (ITT) by giving them a taste of life in front of a classroom. The Training and Development Agency for Schools, who administer the scheme, are about to carry out an assessment process which will try to ascertain how successful the scheme has been in terms of its twin aims. Data should be available in October 2007. However, previous limited research suggests that around 40 per cent. of participating undergraduates go on to ITT. In recognition of its success, the Treasury will announce on 5 July 2007 that the scheme will be extended and placements doubled over a three-year period.

Student Associate Scheme

£ million

Academic year

Budget

2003-04

7.5

2004-05

10.0

2005-06

16.6

2006-07

11.9

2007-08

11.9

Total

57.9