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The position for the funding of G&T summer schools is that both EiC funding and national summer schools funding have been amalgamated into the new non-designated School Development Grant from 2006-07. So the money is there; it’s just not earmarked for summer schools anymore.

The main schools grants are the School Development Grant, which brought together a number of previously separate Standards Fund grants when it was introduced last year, and the School Standards Grant. Schools are free to spend these grants on any purpose to support improvement in teaching and learning leading to higher standards of attainment throughout the school.

As set out in the government’s Five Year Strategy for Children and Learners, the DfES will be aiming to combine all current grants to schools for standards-related activities into a single grant to which all schools will be entitled and over which they will have complete discretion. The proposed move to three-year budgets for schools from 2006-07 will also apply to grants.

Tim Dracup of the Gifted & Talented Unit at the DfES says: ‘The trick for G&T leads in LAs will be to preserve funding for (and spending on) G&T within SDG while schools are being handed sizeable amounts of earmarked funding for G&T in the parallel Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) which was also announced in the white paper.’ This year schools will receive a minimum 3.4% per pupil cash increase on the School Development Grant, and at least a 4% per pupil increase on the School Standards Grant.

The white paper Higher Standards, Better Schools for All announced plans for a national network of non-residential summer schools to be run by NAGTY and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust in addition to the existing programmes.

Further information
www.teachernet.gov.uk/specificgrants200608

This article first appeared in – Feb 2006

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