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Education

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he has taken since the publication of the White Paper, “Back on Track”, in May 2008 on transforming the quality of alternative educational provision for those pupils who are unable to attend mainstream or special schools. (231386)

On 23 October, the Secretary of State announced a package of measures based on the proposals set out in “Back on Track”.

The publication of the document “Taking Back on Track Forward”, which responds to consultation and outlines the next steps to be implemented;

The publication of new guidance “Commissioning Alternative Provision: Guidance for Local Authorities and Schools”;

The launch of a database of providers of alternative provision;

Specifications for the role of the local authority ‘named officer’; and

12 alternative provision pilots to explore innovation and best practice.

These have all been placed on the Department’s internet site and can be found at the following page:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/exclusions/alternative_provision_policies/index.cfm

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the programmes and corresponding allocations aggregated as Other Miscellaneous Programmes for the year 2008-09 in the Schools section of Table 8.3 of his Department's 2008 annual report. (233087)

Table 1 lists the schools programmes aggregated under the "Other Miscellaneous'' title and their corresponding projected allocations for 2008-09, as shown in the 2008 Departmental Annual Report.

Table 1: List of Other Miscellaneous Programmes

Schools

£ million

Music and Dance Capital

34

Medical Fees and Services

1

Premature Retirement Compensation

12

Teacher Development Agency

600

National College for School Leadership

83

Partnership for Schools

1

Inclusion Programmes/ Behaviour/ Aim higher / Alternative provision

4

Governors/ Admissions/ Independent State Schools/ Travel Advisers/ School Meals

5

Teachers Pensions Contractual

1

Partnerships and Federations

9

Pupil attainment and assessment publications

1

Gifted and Talented/ Study Support/ Playing for Success

32

Curriculum

32

Sport

22

Total

837