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Pupil Exclusions

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many pupils were expelled or suspended from school in each of the London education authorities during the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [148898]

Ms Estelle Morris: The latest available data on permanent exclusions are shown in the following table. Data on permanent exclusions in the school year 1999-2000 will be collected in January 2001 and published in May 2001 (provisional date). Further information on permanent exclusions was published in the Statistical Bulletin "Permanent Exclusions from Maintained Schools in England" on 29 November 2000, copies of which are available from the Library, or alternatively can be accessed from the Department for Education and Employment statistical website

We are providing £174 million this year to help schools and LEAs tackle exclusion--a third more than in 1999-2000 and 10 times more than in 1996-97. This is helping to pay for more than 1,000 on-site Learning Support Units which take disruptive pupils out of the classroom quickly, improve their behaviour and reduce the need for exclusion. Where an exclusion is necessary, provision for excluded pupils is being greatly increased. There are now 1,000 more places and 250 more teachers in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) than in 1997. The quality of PRUs is improving and by 2002 all local education authorities will be required to provide a full timetable for excluded pupils.

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Number of permanent exclusions
Maintained primary(32)Maintained secondary(32)Maintained special(33)Total
Inner London10950030639
City of London0000
Hammersmith and Fulham444048
Kensington and Chelsea720229
Tower Hamlets128332
Outer London140971321,143
Barking and Dagenham1325139
Kingston upon Thames124025
Richmond upon Thames143145
Waltham Forest874486

(32) Includes middle schools as deemed

(33) Includes Maintained and Non-Maintained Special Schools

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Post-16 Curriculum 2000 Initiatives

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what resources were allocated by his Department for each LEA for (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01 to support post-16 Curriculum 2000 initiatives; [148983]

Ms Estelle Morris: Qualifying for Success--the post-16 curriculum reforms was introduced in September 2000. Funding was not therefore made available to support this initiative until 2000-01. £35 million was included in Education Standard Spending in 2000-01 and a further £60 million has been included for 2001-02. Since local authority funding is unhypothecated, the funding is not located within any particular part of the standard spending assessment. It is for local education authorities, in consultation with their schools, to dedicate an appropriate proportion of their Education SSA to support the additional costs of Qualifying for Success in their area.

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Capital Investment (Schools)

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what has been the total capital investment in schools in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne and in the county of Northumberland from 1996 to 1999, (a) in total and (b) by funding stream; and what is his forecast for the next three years. [149214]

Jacqui Smith: The following Table A shows the capital allocations made to Newcastle upon Tyne local education authority, by funding stream, from 1996-97 to 2000-01. Table B shows the capital allocations made to Northumberland local education authority, by funding stream, from 1996-97 to 2000-01. Table C shows the forecast investment for both local education authorities over the next three years.

Nationally, capital investment in school buildings has tripled from £683 million a year in 1996-97 to over £2 billion in 2000-01. It will be £3.2 billion in 2003-04, including grant, credit approvals and Private Finance Initiative credits. There will be central Government investment of £7.8 billion in school buildings in total from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

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Table A: Central Government capital investment in schools in Newcastle upon Tyne local education authority

Funding stream1996-971997-981998-991999-20002000-01
Basic Credit Approvals360407451896644
Supplementary Credit Approvals2431,2151,39469297
Grant to Voluntary Aided Schools376837702237328
New Deal for Schools--4874,6126,3183,300
School Security Grant--68848584
Energy Efficiency Initiative----70----
Key Stage 1 Class Size Initiative----3637479
National Grid for Learning Grant----1,016885820
Assistance with Asset Management Plans------33--
Seed Challenge Funding--------172
Devolved Formula Capital for Schools--------1,787
Renewal of School Laboratories--------170
Schools Access Initiative Grant2----1342
Nursery Provision--------65


The high levels of allocations through Supplementary Credit Approvals in 1997-98 and 1998-99 reflect exceptional funding for two major projects--the provision of Special Educational Needs facilities across the authority and the removal of surplus places at Blakelaw Secondary school. In addition, New Deal for Schools investment was specifically targeted in 1998-99 and 1999-2000 to meet the costs of two major redevelopment projects at Heaton Manor and Gosforth High Schools respectively.

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Table B: Central Government capital investment in schools in Northumberland local education authority

Funding stream1996-971997-981998-991999-20002000-01
Basic Credit Approvals2,3041,3259401,2803,920
Supplementary Credit Approvals2872971991,090195
Grant to Voluntary Aided Schools146287259203262
Schools Renewal Challenge Fund275--------
New Deal for Schools--5421,9851,9086,577
School Security Grant--101126130129
Removal of Outside Toilets----237----
Energy Efficiency Initiative----103----
Key Stage 1 Class Size Initiative----146939132
National Grid for Learning Grant----4895251,307
Assistance with Asset Management Plans------66--
Seed Challenge Funding--------208
Devolved Formula Capital for Schools--------2,870
Renewal of School Laboratories--------216
Schools Access Initiative Grant--------15
Secondary Learning Support Units--------102
Early Excellence Centre Grant----2275101

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Table C: Forecast investment in schools

Funding stream2001-022002-032003-04
Newcastle upon Tyne local education authority
Basic Credit Approvals286(34)--(34)--
Grant to Voluntary Aided Schools1,216(34)--(34)--
Private Finance Initiative Credits37,200(34)--(34)--
New Deal for Schools Devolved Formula9441,2702,451
New Deal for Schools Condition Funding6821,9222,440
Seed Challenge Funding193323323
Renewal of School Laboratories170(34)--(34)--
Schools Access Initiative232(34)--(34)--
Northumberland local education authority
Basic Credit Approvals1,855(34)--(34)--
Grant to Voluntary Aided Schools225(34)--(34)--
New Deal for Schools Devolved Formula1,5392,0723,973
New Deal for Schools Condition Funding9632,7693,513
Seed Challenge Funding234401401
Renewal of School Laboratories216(34)--(34)--
Secondary Learning Support Units89(34)--(34)--
Schools Access Initiative349(34)--(34)--



Future years' allocations shown in the table are those already announced as being attributable to Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland local education authorities.

In addition to the amounts shown, schools in both authorities will also benefit from a share of other programmes where allocations have not yet been made. These include over £1 billion of credit approvals, mainly to provide new pupil places; £440 million of grant to governors of Voluntary Aided schools; £555 million funding through the NDS Modernisation programme and £170 million worth of funding under the Schools Access Initiative.

This funding will be augmented by capital receipts and other contributions from local education authority sources, and the contribution which governors of Voluntary Aided schools make to their building work. In addition, more than £1 billion is available nationally through Private Finance Initiative Credits for projects which will sign in 2002-03 and 2003-04.

Funding specifically ring fenced for the renewal of school laboratories and secondary learning support units is ending in 2001-02. Local authorities will be able to prioritise their other increased funding for this purpose, if they wish.

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