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Education: Land-based Diploma

Volume 705: debated on Wednesday 12 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 17 October (WA 78), whether the common delivery model in use across the 17 diplomas includes funding for the costs, such as for student transport, incurred outside the colleges offering these courses; and, in particular, whether colleges offering the land-based diploma will be able to claim for the additional expenses involved. [HL5923]

Details of the diploma funding model in use for 2008-09 can be found in the guidance issued to local authorities and 14-19 partnerships in December 2007. This document can be accessed through the 14-19 education and skills website at www.dcsf.gov.uk/14-19/ within the 14-19 funding section under diploma funding.

The diploma funding model in use for 2008-09 provides initial dedicated funding to support the additional costs of delivery of diplomas at KS4 which cannot be met from mainstream funding. Costs for which the grant can be used to fund include:

those required for the direct delivery of diplomas including additional costs of teaching and materials incurred by institutions in planning and delivering the curriculum; and

additional costs associated with the provision of diplomas for pupils in sparsely populated areas including transport between providers within a diploma consortium.

Additionally, in each of the 40 most rural areas we have funded the post of transport and access co-ordinator (at £75,000 per local authority for 18 months from September 2008) to allow these local authorities to investigate and arrange more effective and efficient transport for their young people accessing diplomas.

Similar guidance for the academic year 2009-10, which will include the first cohort of students taking the land-based diploma, is currently under consideration and is scheduled for publication by the end of 2008. This guidance will again provide details of the basis on which the grant has been calculated for each diploma and the scope of activities for which the grant may be used.