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Specialist Schools and Academies Trust: Expenditure

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much funding his Department has allocated to the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust in each of the last five years, broken down by category of expenditure; (162112)

(2) what outcomes were expected of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust for each category of funding allocated to it by his Department in each of the past five years; and if he will provide an assessment of how the organisation performed against each expected outcome.

[holding answer 12 November 2007]: The total amounts paid to SSAT in the last five years for the main expenditure headings are set out in the table.

Each programme line has separately agreed outcomes, negotiated over varying time-frames, and which are subject to appropriate reporting and monitoring procedures. SSAT has met all of the Department's conditions of funding.

There are many aspects of SSAT's work which contribute to the overall success of the Specialist Schools and Academies programmes. The headline success criteria for the Specialist Schools Programme are the numbers of schools achieving and maintaining specialist school status, and raising achievement at Key Stage 4. On the first of these, we are on track to achieve the target of 95 per cent. of eligible mainstream schools to become specialist or academies by the end of 2008. On the second, specialist schools have consistently outperformed other schools. On average, across all specialist schools, specialist status is linked to higher results at GCSE whether this is on the 5+A*-C measure, VA or CVA.

£

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Grant

Core grant (Specialist school work)

2,739,988

7,896,490

9,972,501

11,087,000

13,315,000

Vocational/WRL

426,855

1,192,625

1,770,425

1,540,000

Raising Achievement Transforming Learning

2,618,000

5,151,590

5,353,977

6,800,000

ICT

323,500

1,090,150

295,000

Academies

382,993

1,400,000

3,042,381

Other

1,282,826

32,400

2,380,080

7,966,000

Sub Total

4,022,814

10,973,745

17,023,209

23,081,632

32,918,381

Contracts

TIPD

330,000

338,400

761,922

1,239,370

1,012,000

Language Colleges—Sections Européennes project

18,650

14,615

11,385

29,660

32,000

LEP

1,190,000

Sub Total

348,650

353,015

773,307

1,269,030

2,234,000

Total

4,371,464

11,326,760

17,796,516

24,350,662

35,152,381