Andrew Turner (Shadow Minister (Charities), (Assisted By Shadow Law Officers); Isle of Wight, Conservative)
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis is for his statement of 14 November in the Financial Times that half of all schools now offer enterprise education and that every school will do so by 2006.
John Healey (Financial Secretary, HM Treasury; Wentworth, Labour)
Responding to the 2002 Howard Davies report and following an evaluated pathfinder round in 2003–04 and 2004–05, new Department for Education and Skills funding of £60 million a year was rolled out in September 2005, which will support a new focus on enterprise education in every school" for all key stage 4 pupils. This includes the equivalent of five days' enterprise activity for every pupil (such as running a real, or realistic, business) alongside existing work-related activities like work experience.
This new funding builds on funding for a third year of the Enterprise Advisors service. Adding the Pathfinder schools of 2003–04 and 2004–05, this means that less than two years since the Davies report, more than 50 per cent. of English secondary schools had Department for Education and Skills or Learning and Skills Council funded interventions on enterprise, preparing for national roll-out in September 2005.