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Schools: Merseyside

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has allocated to increasing parental engagement in schools in (a) Crosby and (b) Merseyside in each year since 1997. (278907)

The Government are committed to supporting parental engagement. That support can take many forms at a local level, such as targeted support and family learning. In the Children’s Plan: Progress Report published in December 2008 we outlined further measures to support parents, schools and early years settings in engaging parents as partners in their children’s learning—comprising action to support parents and to prioritise parental engagement throughout the education system.

It is important that support for parental engagement is embedded in the day to day work of professionals in schools and early years settings and is established as part of the core business of those organisations.

This means a variety of funding routes should be used to support parental engagement. However, the main initiatives that cover parental engagement in schools are extended services including parent support advisors and family learning interventions.

Because parental engagement is only one element of extended services and decisions are made locally about spending and priorities, it is only possible to give overall government funding on these programmes for this area. Details of funding for these programmes since their inception is set out in the following table.

Extended services1

Family learning2

Sefton

2003-043

213,000

0

2004-05

145,000

0

2005-06

500,603

0

2006-07

959,510

0

2007-08

1,184,746

0

2008-09

1,285,292

39,123

2009-10

1,815,975

2010-11

1,393,927

Merseyside

2003-043

1,756,568

0

2004-04

1,639,568

0

2005-06

2,497,193

0

2006-07

5,034,181

0

2007-08

6,711,863

0

2008-09

8,180,183

305,850

2009-10

11,050,076

2010-11

7,539,961

1 Is made up of start up, sustainability and subsidy funding. Subsidy funding is only in 2008 to 2010 and has not been allocated for 2010 yet.

2Allocation for 2009 onwards has not been decided yet.

3 The funding from 2003 to 2006 is for full service extended schools and includes allocation for start up, co-ordinators and child care.