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Schools (Crosby and Sefton)

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much direct grant was received by each school in the Crosby constituency in each year since 1996. [151292]

Ms Estelle Morris: The following table shows the amount of school standards grant payable to each school in the constituency for the 2000-01 financial year. This is the first year in which this grant was payable. The total is estimated to rise to £807,000 in 2001-02, and grants will increase by 2.75 per cent. in each of the following two years.

Name of school£
Sand Dunes Nursery School3,000
Pinefield Pupil Referral Unit3,000
Waterloo Primary School9,000
Forefield Junior School9,000
Forefield Infant School9,000
Rawson Road Primary School6,000
Woodlands Primary School9,000
Freshfield Primary School9,000
Redgate Primary School6,000
Valewood Primary School6,000
William Gladstone Church of England Primary School9,000
St. Luke's Church of England Primary School9,000
St. John's Church of England Primary School6,000
St. Luke's Halsall Church of England Primary School9,000
St. Nicholas Church of England Primary School9,000
Holy Trinity Primary School6,000
St. Peter's Church of England Primary School9,000
Great Crosby Catholic Primary School9,000
St. Mary's Catholic Primary School6,000
St. Edmund's Catholic Primary School9,000
Our Lady of Compassion Catholic Primary School9,000
St. William of York Catholic Primary School9,000
Ursuline Catholic Primary School9,000
St. Jerome's Catholic Primary School9,000
Formby High School40,000
Manor High School40,000
Chesterfield High School50,000
Range High School40,000
Sacred Heart Catholic High School50,000
Ronald House School15,000
Newfield School15,000
Total436,000


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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the annual increase has been in the Standards Fund since 1996; and how much standards funds have been spent in (a) the constituency of Crosby and (b) the Borough of Sefton in each year since 1996. [151295]

Ms Estelle Morris: The following table shows the annual cash increase in the Standards Fund since 1996-97:

£ million

YearTotal allocationsIncrease on previous yearDfEE contributionIncrease on previous year
1996-972651416312
1997-983205521148
1998-99620300395184
1999-20001,260640862467
2000-012,4901,2301,9131,051

Note:

The total allocation figures include both Government and local authority contributions.


Figures for the amount of grant spent in an individual constituency cannot be provided, but the following table shows the Standards Fund grant spent in Sefton local education authority since 1996-97. The figures include all grants paid through the Standards Fund payment system excluding New Deal for Schools capital, which is not part of the Standards Fund programme.

Amount of standards fund spent in the borough of Sefton

£ million
Total expenditureDfEE contribution
1996-971.30.8
1997-981.51.0
1998-993.52.2
1999-20006.04.2
2000-0112.99.7

Note:

1. The total expenditure figures include both Government and local authority contributions.

2. The figures for 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 are audited outturn expenditure figures.

3. The figures for 2000-01 are the total expenditure currently expected to be incurred in this financial year.


Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what average funding was allocated per school-age child in the Borough of Sefton in each year since 1996. [151333]

Ms Estelle Morris: The information requested is in the tables. Since 1996-97 funding has increased by £410 per pupil in real terms. Grant figures have not yet been finalised for 2001-02, so no comparable figure is available for that year.

Per pupil funding--Sefton
£

SSAGrantsPer pupil
Cash--(schools pupils ages 5-15)
1996-972,240202,260
1997-982,320302,340
1998-992,440402,480
1999-20002,560902,650
2000-012,6902102,900
2001-022,790----
Change 1997-98 to 2000-01560

Note:

Figures rounded to the nearest £10. Figures may not sum due to rounding.


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Per pupil funding--Sefton

£
SSAGrantsPer pupil
Real terms 2000-01 prices schools (pupils ages 5-15)
1996-972,480202,500
1997-982,490302,520
1998-992,550402,590
1999-20002,610902,700
2000-012,6902102,900
2001-022,720----
Change 1997-98 to 2000-01390

Notes:

1. Figures rounded to the nearest £10. Figures may not sum due to rounding.

2. Real terms calculated using GDP deflators published 21 December 2000.


Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what percentage of its local schools budget Sefton council has delegated to schools in each year since 1996. [151334]

Ms Estelle Morris: The information requested is as follows:

Financial yearPercentage of schools budget delegated
1996-9779.3
1997-9879.6
1998-9979.0
1999-200080.2
2000-0186.4

Note:

For 1998-99 and previous years, the figures represent the percentage of Sefton's General Schools Budget (less capital expenditure and capital financing costs) delegated to schools in accordance with the LEA's school funding formula.


Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on trends in numeracy and literacy among children in junior schools in the borough of Sefton since 1996. [151335]

Ms Estelle Morris: In the 2000 Key Stage 2 tests, 80 per cent. of Sefton's 11-year-olds achieved the expected standard for their age in English, an increase of 15 percentage points since 1996. In mathematics, 77 per cent. of pupils achieved the expected standard, a 16 percentage point increase since 1996. These results are clear evidence of the success of the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies.

Serco Contracts

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the contracts that exist between SERCo and the Department, its

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executive agencies and associated public bodies; and if he will list those which have existed in the last three years. [151352]

Mr. Wills: There are currently no contracts in existence between SERCo and the Department, its executive agencies and associated public bodies. Contracts which have existed in the last three years are listed as follows:



Resuscitation Policies

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will instruct Ofsted to inspect all establishments for which it is responsible to ensure that (a) resuscitation policies which respect the rights of all pupils and students for whom they are responsible are in place, (b) such policies are understood by relevant staff and accessible to them and (c) such policies are subject to robust audit and monitoring arrangements. [151439]

Ms Estelle Morris: It is for schools, colleges and others to develop their own first aid policies and procedures based on an assessment of local need. My Department has issued "Guidance on First Aid for Schools: a good practice guide" which provides advice for schools on drawing up first aid policies and ensuring that they are meeting their statutory duties. It specifically advises that first aid training should include resuscitation techniques for children. I have asked HM Chief Inspector, Mike Tomlinson, to write to the hon. Member and to place a copy of his letter in the Library.


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