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Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much Curriculum and Standards Framework funding was received by schools in (a) Romford, (b) the London Borough of Havering and (c) London in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Jim Knight: The Department allocates education funding to local authorities so the requested information for the Romford constituency is not available. The London borough of Havering has been allocated £17.92 million of revenue funding through the standards fund and school standards grants for 2007-08. Local authorities in Greater London have been allocated a total of £721.69 million of revenue funding through the standards fund and school standards grants. These allocations are in addition to the main revenue funding for schools, through the dedicated schools grant, of £141.74 million for London borough of Havering and £4,660.55 million for Greater London for 2007-08.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 629W, on education maintenance allowance, when he expects a copy of the Learning and Skills Councils analysis of the effect of the Education Maintenance Allowance Scheme to be placed in the Library. 
Jim Knight: The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is responsible for the operation of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Scheme. An analysis of the impact of EMA on participation and attainment has been commissioned by the LSC and I understand that the LSC placed a copy of the results of this analysis, with a summary of the key findings in the House Library, on 3 December 2007.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what education spending in England as a proportion of gross domestic product was
in each year since 1996-97, expressed to two decimal places; what estimate he has made of the equivalent proportions in each year until 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: Education spend as a proportion of GDP is only available for the UK. The Government will increase UK spending in education as a proportion of GDP from 4.68 per cent. in 1996-97 to 5.64 per cent. in 2010-11. The full run of figures from 1996-97 to 2010-11 are shown in the following table.
|Total Government UK education spend as a proportion of GDP( 1)|
|(1) Calculated as the ratio of UK education spend to UK GDP.|
ONS and HMT Public Expenditure Database
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what effect biological differences between boys and girls have on their respective attainment (a) in literacy and (b) overall, with reference to the answer of 15 October 2007, Official Report, columns 870-71W, on education: gender. 
[holding answer 3 December 2007]: As stated in the reply given on 15 October 2007, Official Report, column 870W, the reasons for girls better attainment in literacy and indeed overall are complex, but appear mainly related to biological differences, differences in maturation, and differences in attitudes to learning and reading at different ages. The
Department is unable to estimate the differential impact of these factors, but the research evidence is summarised in chapter 14 of the previously cited paper Gender and education: the evidence on pupils in England.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when it will be possible for new entrants to submit applications for educational psychologist courses commencing in 2008. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 3 December 2007]: It is anticipated that the Children's Workforce Development Council will publish the handbook and application forms for courses for trainee educational psychologists (commencing in September 2008) in January 2008.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list by local authority area those schools which have (a) applied for and (b) been granted (i) trust and (ii) foundation status since 1 September 2006; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: Schools do not have to apply to the Department for Children, School and Families to become a trust or foundation school. A change of school category to foundation and the acquisition of a trust are prescribed alterations. To make such a prescribed alteration the governing body must publish proposals in accordance with provisions in the Education and Inspections Act 2006, regulations made under that Act and having regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State under that Act. The proposals are then decided by the governing body (or the Schools Adjudicator where proposals to acquire a trust have been referred by the local authority). There is no role for Ministers in the decision-making process.
A list of schools that have published and approved proposals to change category to foundation and schools that have published and approved proposals to become trust schools since the date specified has been lodged with the House of Commons Library.
|Schools that, as of 29 November 2007, have published proposals to become a foundation school (without a foundation) since 1 September 2006 (by local authority)|
|Local authority||School||Publication date||Decision date||Proposed implementation date||Decision type|
|(1 )Withdrawn. Note: This list does not include those schools which have published proposals to become foundation schools with foundationsthese foundation schools are shown as trust schools in subsequent tables.|
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