Skip to main content

Graduate Leader Fund

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what funding his Department has allocated to the Graduate Leader Fund over the next three years; (247417)

(2) how much he expects to be available from Graduate Leader Fund in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has allocated £305 million to the Graduate Leader Fund for the three years 2008-2011. This includes £232 million to be allocated via local authorities for early years settings in the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sectors to recruit and retain graduate practice leaders and £73 million to enable the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) to establish a supply of professionals with Early Years Professional Status.

Of this funding, the Department has made £99 million available in the next financial year 2009-10. £75 million has been allocated for recruitment and retention of graduate leaders and £24 million to CWDC.