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Gifted Children: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his most recent estimate is of spending by his Department on the gifted and talented programme in each year from 2008-09 to 2011-12; and if he will make a statement; (200987)

(2) how much has been spent on the gifted and talented programme in each year since it was established;

(3) how much his Department plans to spend on the gifted and talented programme in each of the next five financial years; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has historically spent between £10-£20 million annually on delivering gifted and talented education. Information on the cost of the contracts to deliver the gifted and talented programme is commercial in confidence. Projected figures after 2011 are not available because of the spending review.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the funding awarded to schools to support children identified as gifted and talented is ring-fenced; and if he will make a statement. (201080)

Primary and secondary schools are together receiving some £1 billion, last financial year and this (i.e. 2006-08), to support personalised education for all pupils, including gifted and talented learners. The proportion of this funding that schools have available for gifted and talented education is decided locally.