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Learning Disability

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much funding is available to primary schools in (a) the Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England for children diagnosed with specific learning difficulties in 2008-09; (243268)

(2) how much funding is provided for special education schools operating in (a) the Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in 2008-09.

Funding data specifically for children diagnosed with specific learning difficulties are not collected by the Department. However, according to the available information, Lancashire LA’s 2008-09 Section 52 Budget statement reports that maintained special schools planned expenditure in the Ribble Valley was £1.4 million and the maintained primary schools received an indicative SEN allocation of £1.9 million.

The following table provides the planned net expenditure on the provision of education for pupils with special educational needs in Lancashire local authority and England for 2008-09.

£

Lancashire LA

England

ISB for special schools (Table 1)

35,806,000

1,505,407,000

Funding delegated to nursery schools identified as “notional SEN”

0

11,660,000

Funding delegated to primary schools identified as “notional SEN”

30,938,000

1,152,319,000

Funding delegated to secondary schools identified as “notional SEN”

29,019,000

879,302,000

Total SEN funding delegated to schools

95,763,000

3,548,688,000

Centrally retained SEN element of the school budget

23,452,000

1,185,141,000

SEN element of the LA budget

7,357,000

365,229,000

Total planned expenditure on the education of children with SEN

126,573,000

5,099,058,000

Notes:

1. Includes planned expenditure on the provision for pupils with statements and the provision for non-statemented pupils with SEN, support for inclusion, inter authority recoupment, fees for pupils at independent special schools and abroad, educational psychology service, local authority functions in relation to child protection, therapies and other health related services, parent partnership, guidance and information, the monitoring of SEN provision and inclusion administration, assessment and co-ordination. Also included is the funding delegated to nursery, primary and secondary schools identified as “notional SEN” and the individual schools budget (ISB) for special schools.

2. The ISB for special schools will include some general education costs for pupils with SEN in addition to those costs specifically for SEN while the figures recorded against “notional SEN” are only indicative of the amount that might by spent by schools on SEN. During 2008-09 local authorities in England also budgeted £552.6 million for SEN transport expenditure but this is not included in the aforementioned table (Lancashire LA budgeted £14.8 million for SEN transport expenditure).

3. Figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000 and may not sum due to rounding.

4. The data are drawn from Local Authorities Table 2 of their Section 52 Budget statements. The statements are collected by DCSF under section 52 of the Schools Standard and Framework Act 1998.

5. Cash terms figures as reported by local authorities as at 10 December 2008.