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Sixth Form Education: Finance

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether capital funding provided for school sixth form provision under the Building Schools for the Future programme is predicated on an expected level of retention of pupils transferring from year 11 to year 12; and if he will make a statement. (310500)

When local authorities enter the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme they formulate 10-year pupil projections for 11 to 19-year-olds in secondary schools. These projections will make assumptions about the retention rates as pupils move into sixth form and should be informed by discussions with the local strategic partnership, further education colleges and the local Learning and Skills Council. The projections are submitted to Partnerships for Schools (PfS) for scrutiny and will be challenged where necessary. Once the figures have been approved by PfS they are used to generate the funding allocation to the local authority for the BSF programme.