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Specialised Diplomas: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate is of the cost to his Department of delivering the new diplomas in each year from 2008-09 to 2015-16; and if he will make a statement. (200989)

We have invested £45 million in 2007-08 to training the workforce and supporting consortia across the country to deliver diplomas.

In addition, in 2008-09 schools will receive approximately £1,000 per student doing diplomas in KS4, to reflect the additional costs of delivering these courses.

Schools and colleges delivering diplomas post-16 will receive funding for their diploma students at rates set by the LSC funding methodology for 2008/09. The funding rates for diplomas paid to schools and colleges will vary by line and level of learning, the additional learning options chosen by the student, factors particular to the school or college in which it is delivered including disadvantage, area costs and success rates, and funding for additional support learners may need.

An illustrative example of funding that a school sixth form would receive over two years for a student on a diploma, A level and Edexcel national diploma vocational programme respectively, and excluding institutional and individual learner factors, is shown as follows:

Funding (£)

Advanced Diploma

8,914

A levels (3 AS, 3 A2)

7,383

Edexcel National Diploma

8,561

The full details of LSC funding rates are published at

http://www.lsc.gov.uk/providers/funding-policy/strategic-overview.