Primary Education: Teaching Methods

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 4th July 2007.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2007, Official Report, column 1158W, on primary education: teaching methods, what the cost per pupil is of (a) the Every Child a Reader and (b) the Every Child Counts programme;

(2) if he will break down the average per capita cost of the Every Child a Reader programme in to (a) pay for specialist trained teachers, (b) materials for pupils, (c) central administration costs for the scheme, (d) marketing and (e) other costs;

(3) how many special teachers have been trained for the (a) Every Child a Reader and (b) Every Child Counts programme.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The Every Child A Reader (ECAR) programme costs on average £2,300 per pupil. This unit cost breaks down as follows:

£
Costs at school level over four years
Start up costs
Essential:
Training Course 2,500
Core texts 30
May be needed:
Children's books 200
Magnetic whiteboard and letters 100
Maximum start up costs 2,830
Running costs variable
0.5 teacher time for teaching = £20,000 per year over four years 80,000 80,000
Total cost to the school over 4 years 82,830
8-10 children served per 0.5 teacher time per year, average 9 children per year x 4 yrs = 36 children Divided by 36
Cost to the school per child 2,300
Source:

The long term costs of literacy difficulties, KPMG Foundation December 2006

61 already trained specialist teachers have been re-activated and an additional 215 specialist teachers have been trained to work with children as part of the ECAR programme. ECAR is largely delivered in maintained mainstream schools although a small number of specialist teachers are delivering ECAR in special schools.

Funding of £20 million for implementing the Making Good Progress pilot in the first academic year, 2007-08, was announced on June 6 along with the details of participating pilot schools. There will be further funding for implementation in the second academic year which will be settled through the comprehensive spending review. The cost per pupil in 2007-08 will be approximately £300 and we anticipate that it will be similar in 2008-09. There will be no specific training programme for teachers in relation to the Making Good Progress pilot.

We will announce detailed allocations for Every Child Counts in due course. At this stage we do not know what the cost per pupil will be. It is likely that there will be specific training for teachers in the numeracy equivalent to Every Child A Reader when it is rolled out, the details of which (including the number of teachers to be trained) are yet to be decided.

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