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Sixth Form Education: Finance

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what sixth form funding allocation was made for each local education authority by the Learning and Skills Council on (a) 2 March and (b) at the end of March; and if he will make a statement. (269311)

The LSC hold the information you have requested. Geoff Russell, the LSC's Acting Chief Executive will write to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Libraries.

We have been working across Government to identify additional funding for the recent unanticipated surge in demand for education and training in part due to these exceptional economic times. Thanks to the £655 million funding announcement in the Budget, we will be able to deliver this and more, and fund learning for an additional 54,500 young people this year and next.

The funding is split £251 million in 2009-10 and £404 million in 2010-11 and will fund an additional 54,500 learners each year. This will mean that we have funding for at least 1,550,000 for 2009-10 and 2010-11.

This will mean we can quickly reassure school and college leaders who had previously feared their financial allocations would not fund their growth in the number of young people wanting to continue learning. It will also mean that we can fund a further 20,000 young people who have yet to make their choice of learning place.

The LSC are currently working through the final 2009-10 school sixth form and FE college allocations and will be writing out to them as soon as possible.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on funding allocations issued to schools and colleges for 16 to 18 year learners in the London Borough of Bexley. (270811)

We have been working across Government to identify additional funding for the recent unanticipated surge in demand for education and training in part due to these exceptional economic times. Thanks to the £655 million funding announcement in the Budget, we will be able to deliver this and more, and fund learning for an additional 54,500 young people this year and next. The funding is split £251 million in 2009-10 and £404 million in 2010-11 and will fund an additional 54,500 learners each year. This will mean that we have funding for at least 1,550,000 for 2009/10 and 2010/11.

This will mean we can quickly reassure school and college leaders who had previously feared their financial allocations would not fund their growth in the number of young people wanting to continue learning. It will also mean that we can fund a further 20,000 young people who have yet to make their choice of learning place.

The LSC are currently working through the final 2009-10 school sixth form and FE college allocations and will be writing out to them as soon as possible. At close of business on 21 April 2009 the Department had received two written representations in respect of the 16-18 funding allocations (2009-10) from head teachers in the London borough of Bexley.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of schools expected to receive a reduction in their per pupil funding for 16 to 19-year-olds in 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. (271206)

We have been working across Government to identify additional funding for the recent unanticipated surge in demand for education and training in part due to these exceptional economic times. Thanks to the £655 million funding announcement in the Budget, we will be able to deliver this and more, and fund learning for an additional 54,500 young people this year and next. The funding is split £251 million in 2009-10 and £404 million in 2010-11 and will fund an additional 54,500 learners each year. This will mean that we have funding for at least 1,550,000 for 2009/10 and 2010/11.

This will mean we can quickly reassure school and college leaders who had previously feared their financial allocations would not fund their growth in the number of young people wanting to continue learning. It will also mean that we can fund a further 20,000 young people who have yet to make their choice of learning place.

The LSC are currently working through the final 2009-10 school sixth form and FE college allocations and will be writing out to them as soon as possible. The LSC hold the information you have requested. I am therefore copying this PQ to Geoff Russell, the LSC’s Acting Chief Executive so that he can respond with the information the hon. Member has requested. A copy of his reply will be placed in the House Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what formula is used to calculate the amount of funding a sixth form will receive; and if he will make a statement. (272189)

The LSC hold the information you have requested. Geoff Russell, the LSC's Acting Chief Executive will write to the hon. Member with the information you have requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with the Learning and Skills Council on the funding of schools with sixth forms where the numbers of pupils exceed the stated anticipated numbers; and if he will make a statement. (272190)

Following the announcement in the Budget of £655 million of additional funding, the LSC have written to schools and colleges to give them the immediate reassurance they will receive the funding for learners they have already planned for and outline the next steps.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families under what circumstances schools receive exceptional funding support for sixth forms; and if he will make a statement. (272191)