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Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in the National Challenge initiative reported a budget surplus in the last year for which data are available; and how much the surplus was in each case. 
Jim Knight: I have placed the information requested in the Library. It sets out the value of the budget surplus as at 31 March 2008, for those maintained schools which are being supported with National Challenge funding. Please note that all the figures provided here for 2007-08 exclude schools in Cumbria as that local authority has yet to make a 2007-08 Section 52 Outturn submission.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been allocated to each category of possible expenditure under the National Strategies programme in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The National Strategies is a key mechanism for supporting schools and local authorities to improve teaching and learning of core subjects. £469 million was allocated for the delivery of the National Strategies programmes in 2007-08. This included:
£377 million support via the Standards Fund for local authority delivery and for schools and settings to access the National Strategies training and support programmes
£92 million for the central delivery of the National Strategies programmes. This included the provision of an education field force, as well as substantial free Continuing Professional Development (CPD) resources provided through the web and in hard copy for teachers and practitioners.
£306 million support via the Standards Fund for schools and settings to access the National Strategies training and support programmes.
£60 million for local authority delivery and support to schools which is now a component part of the Area Based Grant paid to local authorities and which allows them to allocate resources according to local needs.
Approximately £105 million for the central delivery of the National Strategies programmes, including increased support for the Functional Skills pilot and the introduction of the National Challenge programme at secondary.
Jim Knight: I have placed the information in both Libraries. It shows the amount of funding which has been agreed through national challenge funding plans. It excludes maintained schools below the floor in city challenge areas (which are funded on a different basis).
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: There were 1,390,670 pupils that had special educational needs that did not have statements; this represents 17.2 per cent. of pupils on roll across all schools. The figures are taken from the Special Educational Needs in England: January 2008 Statistical First Release, the latest of which can be found online at:
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many maintained special schools (a) opened and (b) closed in 2007-08, broken down by local authority; and how many of those which opened were new builds; 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Department's records, based on the available information provided by local authorities for the number of maintained special schools opened and closed in the academic year 2007-08, is given in the following tables. Information on the number of maintained special schools opened in 2007-08 which were newly built is not available.
|Local authority maintained special schools openings by local authority academic year 2007-08|
|Local authority maintained special schools closures by local authority academic year 2007-08|
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what funding he plans to provide to local authorities to enable them to implement the speech, language and communication needs action plan; 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Local authorities already have substantial funding to support children with special educational needs (SEN), including SLCN. Local authorities planned expenditure to support children with SENincluding speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)is approximately £5.1 billion in 2008-09 (up from £2.1 billion in 2001-02). The pathfinder programme announced in Better Communication, the SLCN action plan published in December 2008, will demonstrate how local authorities and primary care trusts can prioritise and commission services for children with SLCN more efficiently and effectively within existing overall resources.
Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost to local authorities was of residential school placements for children with statements of special educational needs in England in the last year for which figures are available. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The requested information is not collected centrally by the Department. However, during the 2008-09 financial year local authorities in England budgeted net expenditure of over £5.1 billion for the provision of education for children with special educational needs. It is not possible to identify how much of this £5.1 billion was for the total cost of residential school placements for children with statements of special educational needs as the data are not collected in that way.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions Ofsted has had with the Training and Development
Agency on the relationship between teacher recruitment and systemic school failure in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for a response.
In the last 12 months, there were three informal discussions between Ofsted's staff and those of the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA). These focused on the connection between staff recruitment and retention, and low performing schools. They involved discussion of Ofsted's evidence on staffing issuesfor example, the relationship between staff turnover and school performance.
Additionally, Ofsted inspects the quality of teacher training. Its judgements are used by the TDA in its decisions about arrangements for teacher training.
A copy of this reply has been sent to Rt Hon Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which young offender institutions have been found by inspectors to be providing too narrow a curriculum; and what steps he is taking to remedy the issue. 
Beverley Hughes: Inspection reports on individual young offender institutions (YOIs) are public documents and available on-line and contain specific assessments of the education provision. The annual report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills 2007/08 reported that the range of vocational provision for children and young people in secure settings is often too narrow. However, the current re-tendering process for the Offender Learning and Skills Service contracts for the provision of education and training in YOIs has set clear requirements for the core curriculum in YOIs. We also published our plans to improve education and training in custody within the Youth Crime Action Plan (July 2008). This included a commitment to place local authorities in the lead for securing education in juvenile custody, and this is scheduled to form part of the forthcoming Children, Skills and Learning Bill. The aim is to ensure education in custody meets young peoples personal needs and so far as is practical matches that available for children and young people in the mainstream education system.