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The revenue per pupil figures shown in table 3 as follows are taken from the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). They are not comparable with those for the years 1997-98 to 2005-06 (in tables 1 and 2 above) because the introduction of the DSG in 2006-07 fundamentally changed how local authorities are funded.
The 1997-98 to 2005-06 figures are based on Education Formula Spending (EFS) which formed the education part of the Local Government Finance Settlement, plus various grants. This was an assessment of what local authorities needed to fund education rather than what they spent. The DSG is based largely on an authority's previous spending. In addition, the DSG has a different coverage to EFS. EFS comprised a schools block and an LEA block (to cover LEA central functions) whereas DSG only covers the school block. LEA block items are still funded through DCLG's Local Government Finance Settlement but education items cannot be separately
identified. Consequently, there is a break in the Department's time series as the two sets of data are not comparable.
To provide a comparison for 2008-09 DSG, the Department have isolated the schools block equivalent funding in 2005-06 (the baseline); as described above this does not represent the totality of 'education' funding in that year.
Per pupil revenue funding figures for pupils (ages three to 15) for England, the South West Region, and each local authority in the South West of England between 2005-06 and 2008-09 are shown in table 3. As the DSG is a mechanism for distributing funding, a split between primary and secondary schools is not available. These figures are in real terms and are based on financial years.
|Real terms revenue funding per pupil (£)-DSG plus grants|
1. This covers funding through the Dedicated Schools Grant, School Standards Grant, School Standards Grant (Personalisation) and Standards Fund as well as funding from the Learning and Skills Council; it excludes grants which are not allocated at LA level.
2. Price Base: Real terms at 2008-09 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 9 December 2009.
3. These figures are for all funded pupils aged three to 15.
4. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £10.
5. Some of the grant allocations have not been finalised. If these do change, the effect on the funding figures is expected to be minimal.
Please note that there were no middle deemed primary school closures in 2009. Also there are 15 schools which
are proposed to close on 31 December 2009 which have not been included in the Library figures but are shown in the following table for reference.
The schools which were included in preparing this answer were community, foundation, voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools. This response does not include any special schools as they do not have a phase of education.
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Mr. Coaker: The schools' capital budget for Gloucester for 2009-10 is set by the local authority in accordance with asset management plans prepared locally. The budget is determined by allocations from the Department and any resources available locally, which can include brought forward reserves.
Allocations made by the Department to Gloucestershire in the financial year 2009-10 are set out in the following table, including funds advanced from 2010-11 to 2009-10. The local authority has considerable flexibility in deciding how these are used.
Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for response.
The new maintained schools inspection framework was introduced in September 2009. In accordance with our pre-announced publications, information about all inspections taking place during the autumn term 2009/10 will be published on the third Wednesday in March 2010. Given the code of practice for official statistics, I will not, therefore, be able to provide you with a response to this question until that time.
A copy of this reply has been sent to Vernon Coaker MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, and placed in the library of both Houses.
Mr. Coaker: The Department has maintained central records of school capital allocations to local authorities from the financial year 1996-97. In the financial year 1996-97, Northamptonshire was allocated £7.5 million. In the 13 year period 1997-98 to 2009-10, the local authority has been allocated £612 million.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which schools inspected in 2009 to date have had their procedures for safeguarding rated as inadequate; and if he will make a statement; 
Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for response. The latest period for which published figures are available is the academic year 2008/09. This answer, therefore, takes into account all inspections carried out between 1 January 2009 and 31 August 2009. Information about inspections taking place during the autumn term 2009/10 will be published in March 2010.
Between 1 January 2009 and 31 August 2009, 31 schools did not meet the safeguarding standard set out in the school inspection framework.
From September 2005 to September 2009, the school inspection framework included the judgement 'Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government requirements?' and used a Yes or No grading. Table A provides a list of the 25 maintained schools inspected between 1 January and 31 August 2009 where their latest Ofsted inspection resulted in a judgement that the safeguarding procedures did not meet the current government requirements.
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