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Teaching Methods: Finance

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what total funding was allocated for personalised learning in each year since 2004-05, broken down by initiative; what the planned figures are for each year to 2012-13; and if he will make a statement. (149934)

No funding was specifically allocated for personalised learning in 2004-05. In 2006-07, £500 million was allocated for personalised learning. In 2007-08, £990 million was allocated.

This money was included in schools base budgets, with no conditions of grant, and was not allocated to specific initiatives. Our guidance to schools indicated that our priorities for the funding were: to support intervention and catch-up provision for children who have fallen behind in English and maths; to support the education of gifted and talented learners; and to help learners from deprived backgrounds to access after- school and year-round activities.

The comprehensive spending review full allocations (for the period 2008-11) for personalised learning will be announced in due course. This will include funding for two areas of work that have already been announced:

£150 million (£50 million in each of the three years of the CSR period) for assessment for learning, a key element of personalising learning. This was announced by the Secretary of State in his statement on 10 July;

funding to support 300,000 pupils to receive one-to-one tuition in English and Maths, 30,000 children being supported by the Every Child a Reader programme; and the establishment of the Every Child Counts programme. This was announced in Budget 2007.

Extended schools are also an important part of personalising learning for all children. The Secretary of State announced a subsidy of £265 million for extended schools over the CSR period on 10 July. This consists of £8.5 million in 2008-09, £40 million in 2009-10 and £217 million in 2010-11. This extra investment is to help disadvantaged children to access out-of-school activities, which can support their learning.