Funding Cuts To Secondary Schools in Kent

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Dear Young People's Learning Agency for England,

Please send me details of the overall cuts to Education this
financial year and for subsequent years in The County of Kent.

Specifically, please give detailed figures of any cuts in the budgets to the Towers, The North, Highworth Grammar and Norton Knatchbull in Ashford in this and subsequent financial years.

Please provide specifics of any planned refurbishments put on hold at the schools listed

Please detail how in exam choices at any of the schools have been reduced due to budgetary restraints.

How much has the IBA at Norton Knatchbull been cut by?

Yours faithfully,

Linda Cobb

Davies Mike (YPLA), Young People's Learning Agency for England

Dear Linda Cobb,

Thank you for your request which was received on the 15th of May. I have instigated a search for the information and will respond to you as soon as I have the results.

Mike Davies
Records and Rights Manager
Young People's Learning Agency

E: [email address]

www.ypla.gov.uk

The YPLA - Championing young people's learning

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Davies Mike (YPLA), Young People's Learning Agency for England

Dear Linda Cobb,
I am replying to your request for information in your email below and am able to provide the following responses to each of your questions. If you have any further queries then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mike Davies
Records and Rights Manager
Young People's Learning Agency

E: [email address]

www.ypla.gov.uk

The YPLA - Championing young people's learning
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1. Please send me details of the overall cuts to Education this financial year and for subsequent years in The County of Kent.

Response - The YPLA do not hold the overall information as we are responsible for allocations for Academies and 16 to 18 learners in schools and Further Education. If your question relates to government policy on funding for education as a whole then you may wish to submit a request to the Department for Education for which the following link may be helpful. http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/foi...
However I am able to provide the following information about the funding the YPLA is responsible for which you may find helpful. The total YPLA allocation to Kent based institutions for sixth form and Further Education provision for 2011/12 is £155.7 million. This allocation is based on 34,274 young people aged 16-18 participating. The cash allocation for 2010/11 was a little over 1% higher than the 2011/12 allocation that was made for a similarly higher number of young people. Within these headline figures there has been a reduction in the funding per student but an increase of a little under £3.0 million in the additional funding made available to schools and colleges to support students and for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The 2011/12 sum also includes transitional protection of more than £12.4 million to cushion the impact of the implementation of spending and funding policies over the lifetime of the Comprehensive Spending Review. Transitional protection ensures that if an institution's funding per learner decreases it does not decrease by more than 3% in 2011/12 compared to the equivalent figure in 2010/11.
The similar YPLA allocations to school sixth forms in Local Authority maintained schools and 'converter' academies (schools with an outstanding OfSTED judgement that were invited by the Secretary of State to apply for academy status) in Kent sees no change in the total funding allocated against a small increase in students to be engaged of 2%. If all academies are excluded the allocation to Local Authority maintained schools increases in 2011/12, against 2010/11, by 2% against an increase in places of 4%. Please note that the range of schools that can apply to convert to Academy status has now been opened up beyond Outstanding to GWOF (Good with outstanding features) and satisfactory.

2. Specifically, please give detailed figures of any cuts in the budgets to the Towers, The North, Highworth Grammar and Norton Knatchbull in Ashford in this and subsequent financial years.

Response - Highworth Grammar School converted to academy status on 1st January 2011. In 2010/11 the school was allocated £1.739 million to provide for 367 places in respect of 16 to 18 year old students only. The school may receive other funding (for which the Local Authority is responsible) in respect of any younger students. We do not have the allocation for 2011/12, as it has not been finally calculated yet.
The Towers School converted to academy status on 1st April 2011. In 2010/11 the school was allocated £2.202 million to provide for 468 places, again in respect of 16 to 18 year old learners only. Similar to Highworth Grammar School, other funding may have been received from the Local Authority. We do not have the allocation for 2011/12, as it has not been finally calculated yet.
The Norton Knatchbull School was allocated £1.361 million in 2010/11 for 297 young people. The allocation for 2011/12 is due for publication by September. Again this is in respect of 16 to 18 year old learners only, therefore the school may receive other funding (for which the Local Authority is responsible) in respect of any younger students.
The North School was allocated £262K in 2010/11 for 54 students in 2010/11. The allocation for 2011/12 is due for publication by September. Similar to Norton Knatchbull School, other funding may have been received from the Local Authority.

3. Please provide specifics of any planned refurbishments put on hold at the schools listed

Response - The Department for Education (DfE) has reduced the amount of devolved formula capital payments to all schools and Academies in 2011-12 in comparison with the amounts paid in 2010-11. There has been a reduction in both the core amount per institution and in the funding rate per pupil. In addition the DfE has simplified the system. There is now only a single rate by institution and per secondary pupil. Previously there were two rates for the core amount per secondary institution and two rates per secondary pupil depending on whether the institution was classified as being modernised or unmodernised. The percentage level of reduction in funding will vary per school / Academy depending on the exact number of pupils. For institutions classified as modernised the percentage reduction is in most cases likely to be between 60.5% and 63.5%. For unmodernised institutions the percentage reduction is in most cases likely to be between 80.5% and 81.8%.
The YPLA is not aware of any major refurbishments planned at the two converters but note that Towers School has self financed a building extension managed by the local authority.

4. Please detail how in exam choices at any of the schools have been reduced due to budgetary restraints.

Response - The YPLA does not hold this information.

5. How much has the IBA at Norton Knatchbull been cut by?

Response - The YPLA does not hold this information.

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