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Assessments: Finance

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much funding has been provided by his Department to educational institutions to offer diploma courses for 14 to 19-year-olds, broken down by institution type; (225838)

(2) how much funding each school and college offering diplomas for 14 to 19-year-olds will receive in each of the next three years in (a) per capita funding and (b) other funding as a result of offering diploma courses;

(3) how much his Department has spent on (a) advertising, (b) conferences and (c) other forms of marketing in respect of 14 to 19 diplomas in each year since the plan to introduce such diplomas was announced;

(4) what estimate he has made of his Department's expected total expenditure on diplomas for 14 to 19-year-olds by the end of 2009.

Diplomas are delivered by consortia of schools and colleges and we provide funding to consortia. We do not hold information on the amount of diploma funding at individual school or college level.

The Department has provided for 2008-09 a grant towards the additional costs of delivering diplomas at KS4 to those local authorities with consortia approved to deliver the first five diploma lines. The average level of funding is £1,000 per diploma learner, though the actual amount each institution receives for students aged 16-18 taking diplomas is calculated according to rates published for providers by the Learning Skills Council (LSC). The rate is based on the costs of learning being delivered and other factors related to the needs of the individual learner and the particular circumstances of the institution.

Details of spend on advertising, conferences and other marketing in relation to diplomas is as follows:

Amount spent (£)

Activity

2007-08

2008-09

Advertising

1,459,491

0

Other forms of marketing leaflets, posters, DVDs, website and Roadshows

2,472,702

2,722,710

Conferences

225,000

258,000

Funding estimated to be made available for diplomas during the financial year 2008-09 is £128.4 million.