To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding has been made available for professional development programmes for multi-academy trust trustees; how many trustees have taken part in such programmes in total; and how many trustees from multi-academy trusts operating in the Northern Powerhouse have taken part in such programmes.
The funding currently available for governance professional development programmes for the period 2017-2020 is £3 million. This funding is available for boards of all state funded maintained schools and academies, including multi-academy trusts, in England and is not broken down by type of school.
On 9 June, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education announced an additional £3 million for governor and trustee development. We expect this funding to be available for the period 2018-2021. Decisions will be taken on the delivery of this funding in due course. Therefore, the total available for governance development over the period 2018–2021 will be £6 million.
A range of development programmes were launched in January 2018, and registration began in March 2018. To date, 18 June 2018, we have approved 968 individuals to receive funding for governance leadership programmes, and of these 262 individuals are on a board based in Regional School Commissioner regions- North, Lancashire & West Yorkshire, and East Midlands & Humber. We do not collect data by Northern Powerhouse regions.