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Academies

Education written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Annette Brooke Annette Brooke Liberal Democrat, Mid Dorset and North Poole

To ask the Secretary of State for Education which (a) primary and (b) secondary schools will have become academies by 1 September 2011; what the name is of the local authority to which each formerly belonged; how many pupils are on the roll of each; how much each received (i) in total and (ii) per capita in (A) local authority central spend equivalent grant and (B) special educational needs funding in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much each is to receive from the Young Persons Learning Agency in respect of (1) insurance and (2) conversion grant.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

holding answer 5 September 2011

As of 1 October, 1031 schools had converted to academy status, of which 288 were primary schools, 708 secondary schools, 21 middle deemed secondary and 14 special schools.

Full details of schools that have formally applied for academy status, as well as a list of academies that have opened in the academic year 2010/11, can be found on the DFE academies website at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/academies/a0069811/schools-submitting-applications-and-academies-that-have-opened-in-201011

A copy of a table giving, for each academy that has converted to an academy by 1 September 2011 as per the original request, a breakdown of pupil numbers, funding received and funding projected has been placed in the House Libraries. Please note that the financial information provided in the table does not include the October figures and is unaudited, and therefore subject to change.

In certain respects the information given for September 2011 converters is incomplete. This is because it was not recorded by all local authorities on their section 251 returns, and so is being collected separately. This may lead to some adjustment of the academies' allocations for academic year 2011/12.

The Local Authority Central Spend Equivalent Grant (LACSEG) is the additional money to cover those central services that the LA no longer provides. LACSEG is an ongoing grant. It is calculated using data from local authority budget statements and reflects local decisions about how funding is prioritised and delegated to schools. This ensures that academies are funded on the same basis as local maintained schools.

Ministers are determined to have a funding system that is fairer, so that a school or academy in one area will have comparable funding to a school or academy with similar circumstances in another area. In a new funding system, we would be much clearer about the functions we expect local authorities to provide for maintained schools but which would transfer to academies.

There is no pre-determined amount of funding provided to academies for insurance. The cost of insurance is paid by the academy and the costs of buildings and contents, employer's and public liability and business interruption insurance is reimbursed by the Young People's Learning Agency on provision of a valid invoice.

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