To ask the Secretary of State for Education
(1) what funding his Department provided to residential schools to cover the costs of meeting the mobility needs of pupils when participating in community activities as set out in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in the latest period for which figures are available;
(2) what funding his Department provided to residential schools to cover the costs of meeting the mobility needs of pupils spending time with their families at weekends in the latest period for which figures are available.
There are no specific funds provided by the Department to residential schools for meeting the cost of mobility needs of children. From April, education services are funded through the dedicated schools grant and the local government finance scheme. It is for local authorities to decide on how those resources are allocated, including in respect of children whom they fund in residential schools. Capital funding is also provided by this Department to local authorities and to schools which can be used to provide facilities that meet mobility needs where this is the local priority. We are currently reviewing the schools funding system and this will include a review of the funding for children with special education needs and disability.