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National Challenge

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

12. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of transience on strategies for National Challenge schools. (250619)

I am aware that transience—or in-year pupil mobility—causes particular difficulties in some schools especially, but not exclusively, in seaside communities. The National Challenge is designed to tackle all the barriers to learning associated with deprivation, and therefore reduce low educational attainment. Individual schools are being supported with fresh resources under the National Challenge—each according to specific local need, including any problems of pupil transience.

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent progress has been made on agreeing proposals for improvement plans in connection with the National Challenge; and if he will make a statement. (250626)

We have worked closely with local authorities to develop their plans to support schools in the National Challenge. We have agreed plans for 91 local authorities amounting to £52 million of the £400 million National Challenge funding and we expect to agree plans for the remaining four local authorities shortly. In addition, City Challenge authorities in London, Manchester and the black country continue to work with their advisers to develop school improvement plans under existing arrangements.