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Local Education Authority Grants

Mr. Coleman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much was received by local education authorities as (a) special and (b) specific grants in each financial year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement on the distribution by LEAs. [159578]

Ms Estelle Morris: Listed are the Department's funding allocations for special and specific grants to local education authorities for each year since 1997-98.

Individual special and specific grants are distributed to local education authorities according to objective criteria, tailored to target geographical areas, or groups of schools, pupils, teachers or others, depending on the particular objectives of the grants and the relative need to spend to achieve those objectives.

Between 1992-93 and 1997-98, average recurrent funding per pupil fell by £120 in real terms from £2,830 to £2,710. Since then, it has risen by an average of £540 in real terms, to £3,250 this year. By 2003-04, it will have increased by around £750 in real terms since 1997-98.

Funding to English LEAs

£ million
Specific Grants
Standards Fund/GEST195.8241.2661.91,142.2
Nursery Education Grant518.8130.2120.7233.2
Revenue funding for the reduction of class size--22.379.6141.5
Education Action Zones--9.624.061.5
Special Grants
School Standards Grant------293.4
Teachers Green Paper Grants------245.3
School Budget Support Grant------50.0


1. Standards Fund/GEST figures are DfEE contribution only, and exclude Capital.

2. In April 1999 the Ethnical Minority Achievement Grant became part of the Standards Fund; before this it was a Home Office funded section 11 grant.

3. In 1997-98 approximately £500 million were taken from the Nursery sub-block of the SSA to fund the Nursery Voucher scheme. This has been treated as Grant rather than SSA funding. Funding for Nursery Vouchers was returned to local government from 1998-99.

4. Education Action Zone funding is paid to the Zone not directly to the LEA.

5. Figures for 2000-01 are not yet finalised and may be subject to change.

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Sure Start (Dartford)

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to introduce a Sure Start programme in Dartford to complement the recent allocation of money from the Children's Fund for new projects in Dartford to tackle social exclusion among children aged five to 13 years. [159915]

Yvette Cooper: Districts are invited to submit plans for Sure Start programmes because collectively they have high levels of need and disadvantage and give a good spread between different types of area around the country. The DETR index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) has been used to identify areas where there are high levels of need. By April 2004, there will be 500 Sure Start programmes in disadvantaged areas reaching a third of under-4s. Although so far Dartford has not been invited to submit plans for a Sure Start programme, it is possible that it will be included in a future wave of programmes.

School Swimming

Mr. Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what steps he has taken to promote and encourage the teaching of swimming in schools; [159932]

Jacqui Smith: We do not hold specific figures on the proportion of pupils in England who take swimming lessons, as swimming is a compulsory part of the PE activities only at Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum, unless pupils have met the full Key Stage 2 requirements during Key Stage 1. After Key Stage 2, it remains one of six physical activity areas. The Ofsted report on swimming at Key Stage 2, published in November 2000, showed that well over four out of five of the schools inspected provided adequate time for swimming. It also reported that four out of five children are able to swim 25 metres at the end of Key Stage 2. This was good news, but we acknowledge that we need to work with schools

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to make even more opportunities available for more children to be able to swim 25 metres by the time they reach secondary school.

Swimming and water safety are important life skills, and we are investing heavily in school sport, and swimming will benefit. The Government's commitment includes £580 million in England (out of a total of £750 million in the UK) from the New Opportunities Fund for sport in and around schools and up to £130 million to create multi-purpose sports and arts facilities in around 300 primary schools.

We have also established a Swimming Advisory Group, involving representatives of the swimming associations, Ofsted, QCA and DCMS, to discuss what more can be done to create even more opportunities for children to swim. We hope to announce proposals that will increase the numbers of children who can swim by the end of Key Stage 2, before the end of the year.

Head Teacher Training

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) how many teachers commenced the National Qualifications for Headteachers course in (a) April 2000 and (b) January 2001, broken down by (i) Government Office region, (ii) gender and (iii) ethnic background in each recruitment cycle, from (A) primary, (B) secondary, including middle schools where appropriate, and (C) special schools; and how many in each of (a) and (b) (1) have completed the course, (2) are continuing with the qualification and (3) have withdrawn; [159916]

Ms Estelle Morris: The table sets out the number of candidates on the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) who were recruited during the last two application rounds and began their training in the spring term of 2000 (cohort 7, old model NPQH) and the spring term of 2001 (cohort 1, new model NPQH). The figures

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are broken down into the categories requested by NPQH region. The NPQH regions are similar to but do not precisely mirror Government Office boundaries.

The Government collect data on the ethnic background of NPQH applicants through the NPQH application form. Applicants are not bound to provide these data and, as a result, current analysis is not statistically meaningful.

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The Government are concerned to ensure that all groups have an equal opportunity to prepare for headship and have improved the way that data are collected. They have asked the National College for School Leadership to develop strategies to ensure that currently under- represented groups increasingly apply for and progress through the NPQH.

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National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) Candidate statistics

School phase/type
Cohort 7 Old Model NPQH (Spring 2000)
NPQH Candidates by region(1)
East Midlands593836106
North West5045147116
South Central713470112
South East564125104
South West49220172
West Midlands48350184
Yorks and Humberside44328387
Region unspecified28152651
Candidate status
Completed NPQH7085711173
Currently studying4072243331715
Cohort 1 New Model NPQH (Spring 2001)
NPQH Candidates by region(1)
East Midlands1758813--276
North West20011120--331
South Central20611614--337
South East2058216--303
South West150708--228
West Midlands15094152261
Yorks & Humberside1617912--252
Candidate status(2)
Currently studying1,72490614132,774

(1) The 10 NPQH Regions do not tally precisely with Government Office regions.

(2) No candidates have yet completed NPQH from cohort 1 as the minimum course length is six months.

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