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Education Funding

Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 160W, which geographical areas receive an area cost uplift in the funding formula; what data source is used to determine the uplift; and what percentage of additional funding is allocated to each area in receipt of it. [11107]

Bill Rammell: The Learning and Skills Council's (LSC) area cost uplift is based on research using Labour Force Survey and New Earnings Survey data. The level of the uplift and the areas where it is applied are as follows:
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Area—Costs uplifts by region

London A—20 per cent.

London B—12 per cent.

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire non-fringe—3 per cent.

Berkshire, Surrey and West Sussex fringe—12 per cent.

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Berkshire non-fringe—12 per cent.

Buckinghamshire non-fringe—7 per cent.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight—2 per cent.

Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire fringe—10 per cent.

Kent and Essex fringe—6 per cent.

Oxfordshire—7 per cent.

West Sussex non-fringe—1 per cent.

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Enterprise Education

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of Statefor Education and Skills what progress has been made in integrating enterprise elements into GCSE courses on (a) mathematics, (b) science, (c) English, (d) information technology and (e) design and technology. [10039]

Jacqui Smith: Since 2000, all GCSEs have been required to provide opportunities for generating evidence for assessing the six key skills, which are skills for enterprise. In addition, the 14–19 White Paper emphasised the need to develop English, maths and ICT curriculum and qualifications to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for employment. The QCA is developing the mathematics curriculum to include financial literacy in the context of the GCSE.

Progress has also been made in providing guidance from DfES and QCA to teachers of GCSE subjects at key stage 4 on incorporating activities that develop young people's enterprise knowledge and skills.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) overall and (b) per school funding allocation for enterprise education for each year between 2005 and 2008 is. [10051]

Jacqui Smith: The Government are allocating £60 million a year for the three years from September 2005 to support a new focus on enterprise education in all secondary schools. This funding is allocated to individual schools through a simple formula, based 90 per cent. on the number of key stage 4 pupils per school, and 10 per cent. on pupils' eligibility for free school meals.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected (a) number and (b) proportion of secondary schools offering enterprise education (i) in 2004–05 and (ii) over the next three years is. [10052]

Jacqui Smith: We are currently funding over 700 schools through Enterprise Education Pathfinders to offer enterprise education and help us deliver national guidance on the most effective modes of delivery. About 900 schools are supported by the LSC's Enterprise Advisers to help them introduce enterprise education—making a total of 50 per cent. of schools who have already been supported. Over the next three years, starting from September 2005, all secondary schools will be funded to provide enterprise education. Ofsted and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority will monitor progress.

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