Education: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered at on 15 May 2023.

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Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Conservative, Blackpool North and Cleveleys

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department assesses the adequacy of local delivery plans for priority education investment areas as part of the allocation process for local needs funding.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Conservative, Blackpool North and Cleveleys

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether local delivery plans for priority education investment areas are required to include projects specifically to help deliver services for young people with special educational needs and disability.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Conservative, Blackpool North and Cleveleys

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure value for money from the funding provided to priority education investment areas for local delivery plans.

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

The Department has established 24 Priority Education Investment Areas (PEIA) with funding for improvements to attainment at Key Stages 2 and 4.

Departmental Regional Directors have led the creation of delivery plans, following a detailed diagnosis of need for each PEIA. These plans are informed by Local Partnership Boards to ensure effective identification and prioritisation of areas for improvement.

To ensure value for money and delivery of improvement aims, funding will be provided for evidence based programmes and activities, and approaches approved by the Department.

The SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan sets out the Department’s next steps to deliver an improved experience for all children and young people with SEND and their families. The plan is available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1139561/SEND_and_alternative_provision_improvement_plan.pdf.

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