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Special Education Needs

Ms Angela C. Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) proportion of the Budget and (b) amount per pupil was spent by each local education authority in the Yorkshire and Humber region on special education needs. [43089]

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Maria Eagle: The information requested for each local education authority in the Yorkshire and Humber region can be found in the following table and is for the financial year 2005–06:
Total planned expenditure on the education of children with SEN1,2(£)Total planned expenditure on SEN transport1 (£)Total planned education revenue expenditure (£)Total planned expenditure on the education of children with SEN (excluding SEN transport) as a percentage of total education spending
Local authority name(a)(b)(c)(a/c)
Yorkshire and the Humber382,531,00042,858,0003,173,505,00012.1
City of Kingston-upon-Hull22,823,0002,661,000166,771,00013.7
East Riding of Yorkshire20,982,0003,736,000189,343,00011.1
North East Lincolnshire13,955,000939,000105,811,00013.2
North Lincolnshire14,645,0001,531,00095,511,00015.3
North Yorkshire44,326,0003,911,000348,999,00012.7

Total planned expenditure on the education of children with SEN (including SEN transport) as a percentage of total education spendingTotal number of pupils with special educational needs as at January 2005(25)Total planned expenditure on the education of children with SEN (excluding SEN transport) per SEN pupil(26)(5508640027)(28)Total planned expenditure on the education of children with SEN (including SEN transport) per SEN pupil(26)(5508640027)(28)
Local authority name((a+b)/c)(d)(a/d)((a+b)/d)
Yorkshire and the Humber13.4143,8702,6602,960
City of Kingston-upon-Hull15.38,0602,8303,160
East Riding of Yorkshire13.17,5602,7803,270
North East Lincolnshire14.16,6702,0902,230
North Lincolnshire16.95,8002,5302,790
North Yorkshire13.813,1003,3803,680

(23) Figures are reported using cash terms as submitted by the LEA on 13 January 2006.
(24) Includes planned expenditure on the provision for pupils with statements and the provision for non-statemented pupils with SEN, support for inclusion, inter authority recoupment, fees for pupils at independent special schools and abroad, educational psychology service, LA functions in relation to child protection, therapies and other health related services, parent partnership, guidance and information, the monitoring of SEN provision and inclusion administration, assessment and co-ordination. Also included is the funding delegated to local authority maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools identified as notional SEN" and the individual schools budget for special schools. The figures recorded against notional SEN" are only indicative of the amount that might by spent by schools on SEN. Not included is any budgeted SEN transport expenditure.
(25) The total number of pupils with SEN as at January 2005 is calculated as the combination of all pupils in special schools (maintained and non-maintained), all pupils in maintained schools with statements, SEN pupils without statements in maintained schools and pupils in independent schools and academies with statements. These figures are drawn from the DfES Annual Schools Census and Form 8B and are rounded to the nearest 10 pupils.
(26) The latest financial data available are Budget data for financial year 2005–06 while the pupil numbers are as at January 2005. Consequently there is a mismatch between academic and financial year pupils with the denominator for the unit cost being the number of pupils with SEN on the census date in January of the 2005–06 financial year.
(27) The unit cost calculated by dividing planned expenditure on SEN by the number of pupils with SEN obscures a much larger range of costs and is a mixture of all the education costs for children in maintained special schools and just the SEN part of the education of children in other settings.
(28) Figures are rounded to the nearest £10 and may not sum due to rounding.
Financial data are taken from local authorities' 2005–06 Section 52 Budget Statements submitted to the DfES while pupil numbers are drawn from the January 2005 DfES Annual Schools Census and Form 8b.

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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has issued to local authorities in 2005 on (a) the issuing of statements of educational need and (b) statemented provision. [40724]

Maria Eagle: The statutory guidance on these matters, to which local authorities and others must have regard, is contained in the special educational needs (SEN) code of practice which was published in 2001. On 15 November 2005 the Department wrote to all chief education officers/directors of children's services in England giving advice on SEN procedures. The letter included advice on the Department's understanding of the law in respect of local authorities adopting blanket policies on carrying out statutory assessments and on specifying and quantifying provision in statements. The full text of the letter is available at

Staying-on Rates (Westmorland and Lonsdale)

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average staying-on rate in post-16 education was in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency in each year since 1997. [43152]

Bill Rammell: The percentage of 16-year-olds in full-time education in England at the end of 2004 was estimated to be 74.2 per cent.—the highest ever rate. Percentage figures on participation in education by young people are not available for parliamentary constituencies, but are available for local authorities—including Cumbria LEA. These were published in the Statistical First Release Participation in education and training by 16 and 17-year-olds in each local area in England"—SFR11/2005 on 31 March 2005.

The publication is accessible on the DfES website via the link,

The specific figures are available through the following link:–2005tables_lea.xls.

Train to Gain Programme

Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the
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level of spending on adult Level 3 training within the NETP Train to Gain programme in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07 and (c) 2007–08. [42654]

Phil Hope: The National Employer Training Programme is due to be rolled out from April 2006 under the title Train to Gain". Within the programme we shall be trialling, initially in two regions North West and West Midlands, a subsidy to support those undertaking a Level 3 qualification. We have allocated £20 million in each of 2006–07 and 2007–08 for the trials.

In addition, employers in all regions will be able to obtain support through Train to Gain for employees without a first Level 2 qualification and who wish to go straight onto a Level 3 qualification. The support provided to these employees will be equivalent to what they would have received, had the learner been undertaking a Level 2 qualification in the same area. The cost of supporting those doing Level 3 rather than Level 2 will come out of the overall Train to Gain budget, rather than from a separate budget.

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