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Schools: Finance

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in the National Challenge initiative reported a budget surplus in the last year for which data are available; and how much the surplus was in each case. (249147)

I have placed the information requested in the Library. It sets out the value of the budget surplus as at 31 March 2008, for those maintained schools which are being supported with National Challenge funding. Please note that all the figures provided here for 2007-08 exclude schools in Cumbria as that local authority has yet to make a 2007-08 Section 52 Outturn submission.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been allocated to each category of possible expenditure under the National Strategies programme in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. (250550)

The National Strategies is a key mechanism for supporting schools and local authorities to improve teaching and learning of core subjects. £469 million was allocated for the delivery of the National Strategies programmes in 2007-08. This included:

£377 million support via the Standards Fund for local authority delivery and for schools and settings to access the National Strategies’ training and support programmes

£92 million for the central delivery of the National Strategies programmes. This included the provision of an education field force, as well as substantial free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) resources provided through the web and in hard copy for teachers and practitioners.

The expected spend in 2008-09 will be in the region of £471 million.

£306 million support via the Standards Fund for schools and settings to access the National Strategies’ training and support programmes.

£60 million for local authority delivery and support to schools which is now a component part of the Area Based Grant paid to local authorities and which allows them to allocate resources according to local needs.

Approximately £105 million for the central delivery of the National Strategies programmes, including increased support for the Functional Skills pilot and the introduction of the National Challenge programme at secondary.