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Building Schools for the Future Programme

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have received Building Schools for the Future funding for ICT projects in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement. (286962)

ICT is an integral component of Building Schools for the Future and accounts for approximately 10 per cent. of capital funding provided through that programme. Funding is paid to local authorities rather than to individual schools. To date, 37 local authority projects (and 10 “early win” schemes) have signed contracts covering more than 200 schools. The table shows the break down of BSF contracts which include funding for ICT services.

Number of schools

2005

10

2006

41

2007

51

2008

46

2009 (to July)

53

Total

201

86 of these projects have already been completed, providing 21st century ICT facilities for over 80,000 young people.