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Extracurricular Activities: Finance

Education written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch Conservative, Chatham and Aylesford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what financial support his Department provides for groups run for children aged between five and nine years.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

The following financial support is provided by the Department for Education for groups run for children between five and nine years:

Children's University has been provided a grant of £700,000 over two years (2011-13) to enable it to continue developing and extending high quality provision outside the school day for five to 14-year-old children in England.

ContinYou has been granted around £800,000 over two years (2011-13) to support before and after school settings, including schools and voluntary and community sector providers, to increase the range of high quality extra curricular and learning opportunities for school age children, including five to nine-year-olds.

Funding of £356.5 million (in 2011-12) previously provided through the Standards Fund to local authorities by the Department for Education to support provision of extended services (including after-school activities) now forms part of schools' main budget. We are giving schools freedom and flexibility across all their budgets as they know best how to support their pupils. Schools will be able to continue offering extended services where they wish to do so.

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