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Wigan University Technical College

Department for Education written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Labour, Wigan

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding from the public purse was provided to Wigan University Technical College in each year from 2013 to 2019.

Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Labour, Wigan

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department took steps to try to prevent the closure of Wigan University Training College.

Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Labour, Wigan

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department has provided to students and their families since the decision to close Wigan University Training College.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The closure of any school is always a last resort and we will always act in the best interests of the young people involved. The department explored all possible options to secure the future of Wigan University Technical College (UTC) before this decision to close it was taken.

A breakdown of the revenue funding provided to Wigan UTC as requested is provided below:

2013/14

£920,609.40

2014/15

£1,208,318.97

2015/16

£1,437,209.90

2016/17

£987,893.99

2017/18

£1,665,302.72

2018/19

£1,318,574.62

Total

£7,537,909.60

Capital costs for the UTC are published and can be found at : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/capital-funding-for-open-free-schools.

The local authority and academy trust provided support to all students and parents affected by the closure and the department worked with both the local authority and the trust to ensure that school places were identified that met the needs of each individual child.

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