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Education and employment secretary David Blunkett today announced further details of a£35m programme to boost acce...
Education and employment secretary David Blunkett today announced further details of a£35m programme to boost access to activities such as computer classes, educational visits and music lessons for disadvantaged pupils. Pupil Learning Credits, launched in the green paper 'Schools: building on success', will target additional money at 260 secondary schools in a two year pilot.
The programme will initially benefit 63,000 pupils, mostly aged 11 to 14, in 30 areas in the excellence in cities and excellence clusters programmes.
Mr Blunkett said: 'This government is committed to ensuring that all young people can
benefit from the widest range of opportunities that can help them to learn. We recognise that not all parents can afford to pay for the kinds of opportunities - which can enrich and add depth to learning - that many more advantaged pupils and communities take for granted.
Pupil learning credits will target resources for young people whose social circumstances are exceptionally challenging to enable secondary schools to provide additional learning opportunities for them. This could also include adventure activities, additional support in the classroom or out of school activities.
'Pupil Learning Credits will form one rung of a clear and consistent ladder which will allow young people who have faced disadvantage, or whose communities have generational unemployment and deprivation, to access education as the key way out of poverty.
'This is a major step forward when taken together with education maintenance allowances for post-16 young people staying on in education and opportunity bursaries, which provide non-repayable extra support to higher education students from similar areas. Individual learning accounts, in which substantial public funding is made available to help individuals choose courses and qualifications, also contribute to this ladder of opportunities.'
Pupil learning credits will enable schools to draw upon a whole range of extra support to help pupils to learn, whether for individual pupils or groups of pupils, in the classroom or outside of the school day.
Schools in the pilot, initially based in some Excellence in Cities and Excellence Cluster areas, will have considerable flexibility in how they employ these extra resources, allowing them to try innovative approaches to encourage learning and foster individual talent.
Mr Blunkett added: 'We will evaluate the pilot closely, examining the quality of
provision, the benefits to the pupils and schools and how effective the credits are as a means of targeting funding on those pupils in most need of support. We hope to be able to draw important lessons from the pilot for tackling disadvantage, funding education and raising standards of achievement.
'If the pilot is a success, and I believe it will be, we will look at how to provide access to these resources to schools across the country in similar circumstances.'
This notice applies to England.
1. PupilLearning Credits are being piloted over two years, starting in September 2001. The pilot will run in 30 Excellence in Cities and Excellence Cluster areas, focusing on those secondary schools with the highest proportions of disadvantaged pupils (schools in which 35% or more of pupils are eligible for free school meals;
very deprived schools in which 50% or more of pupils are eligible for free school meals will receive some extra money to reflect this deprivation).
2. The pilot will benefit over 63,000 pupils, mainly from Key Stage 3 (age 11 to 14), in 260 eligible schools. This equates to extra funding of around£240 per pupil, rising to around£360 per pupil in the most disadvantaged schools.
3. Some examples of the sorts of resources schools might fund: additional support in the classroom, such as teaching assistants; educational visits to museums, galleries and the theatre; extra tuition in art, music and other performing arts; access to computers and educational software both inside and outside of school; adventure
activities and residential experiences; and study support enrichment activities, such as chess or photography clubs.
4. Pupil Learning Credits fit into a wide framework of policy initiatives, both from the DfEE and other Government departments, which aim to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds extend their learning opportunities.
Notes 5 - 7 give details of some of those initiatives mentioned in this press notice. PLCs will also be developed side by side with DCMS's Creative Partnerships initiative, announced in July 2000, which will bring schools, museums, galleries, and a whole range of arts organisations and creative professionals together to provide pupils with exciting opportunities to experience the arts and creativity first hand.
5. Education maintenance allowances (EMAs) are a new allowance for 16-19 year olds who continue education beyond Year 11. EMAs were launched in September 1999 and are being piloted in 56 LEAs across England, using 8 different payment variants. It is paid as a weekly allowance, from Monday to Friday, and students can qualify for
allowances between£5 and£30 per week (a£40 per week allowance is paid in two pilot areas) with additional bonuses paid termly if the student meets certain attendance criteria and at the end of the course for achievement. EMAs are a genuine experiment to test whether paying a weekly allowance increases post-16 participation,
retention and achievement.
6. Opportunity Bursaries are part of the Excellence Challenge programme announced in September 2000, which brings universities and other HE institutions into the Excellence in Cities initiative.
The secretary of state announced on 1 February 2001 that the programme would be extended to include all education action zones. The bursaries are for young people from low income families who have the ability to benefit from HE, but whose background may mean that they lack the confidence to apply. They are worth£2,000 each over 3 years and payments will be made starting in academic year 2001/02 to give students continuing financial confidence to complete their course.
7. Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) are a new way to help people pay for learning by offering them some help with the cost of courses, as well as discounts and tax relief. ILAs work alongside other initiatives such as 'learndirect', which uses information technology to help people find out about and get into learning.
8. Next week schools minister Jacqui Smith will announce£10m pilots of the Summer Activities For 16 Year Olds scheme. This provides a structured programme of challenging activities, including adventure activities, backed up by quality advice and guidance, to ease the transition between secondary school and adult life.
9. The attached list sets out all of the schools involved in the pilot.
Camden School for Girls
Haverstock School
Parliament Hill School
South Camden Community School
William Ellis School
Addington High School
Ashburton Community School
Haling Manor High School
Selhurst High School for Boys
Abbey Wood School
Eaglesfield School
Eltham Green School
Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls
John Roan School
Kidbrooke School
Plumstead Manor School
Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys
Cardinal Pole Roman Catholic School
Clapton Girls' Technology College
Hackney Free and Parochial CofE School
Haggerston School
Homerton College of Technology
Kingsland School
Skinners' Company's School for Girls
Stoke Newington School
Hammersmith & Fulham
Burlington Danes CofE School
Fulham Cross Secondary School
Henry Compton Secondary School
Hurlingham and Chelsea Secondary School
Phoenix High School
Alexandra Park School
Gladesmore Community School
Highgate Wood Secondary School
Hornsey Secondary School for Girls
Northumberland Park Community School
Park View Academy
St David & St Katharine CofE Secondary School
St Thomas More RC School
White Hart Lane Secondary School
Central Foundation Boys' School
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School
Highbury Fields School
Highbury Grove School
Holloway School
Islington Arts and Media School
Islington Green School
Mount Carmel RC Girls' School
St Aloysius RC College
Kensington and Chelsea
Holland Park School
Sion-Manning RC School for Girls
Archbishop Tenison's School
Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic School
Charles Edward Brooke School
Dunraven School
Lilian Baylis School
Norwood School
St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls'
Stockwell Park School
Addey and Stanhope School
Catford Girls' School
Crofton School
Deptford Green School
Forest Hill School
Malory School
Sedgehill School
St Joseph's Academy; A de la Salle & RC School
Sydenham School
Telegraph Hill School
Brampton Manor School
Cumberland School
Eastlea Community School
Forest Gate Community School
Langdon School
Lister Community School
Little Ilford School
Plashet School
Rokeby School
Royal Docks Community School
Sarah Bonnell School
Stratford School
Archbishop Michael Ramsey Technology College
Aylwin Girls' School
Geoffrey Chaucer School
Kingsdale Secondary School
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Secondary School
St Michael's RC School
St Saviour's and St Olave's CofE School
St Thomas the Apostle College
Walworth School
Warwick Park School
Waverley School
Tower Hamlets
Bethnal Green Technology College
Bishop Challoner Roman Catholic School
Blessed John Roche Roman Catholic School
Bow School
Central Foundation Girls' School
George Green's School
Langdon Park Community School
Morpeth School
Mulberry School for Girls
Oaklands School
Sir John Cass Foundation & Redcoat CofE School
St Paul's Way Community School
Stepney Green School
Swanlea School
Waltham Forest
Connaught School for Girls
George Mitchell Community School
Kelmscott School
McEntee School
Norlington School for Boys
Tom Hood School
Walthamstow School for Girls
Warwick School for Boys
Willowfield School
Battersea Technology College
Chestnut Grove School
Ernest Bevin College
John Paul II School
Southfields Community College
North Westminster Community School
Quintin Kynaston School
St Augustine's CofE Secondary School
St George RC School
All Saints Catholic High School
Bowring Comprehensive School
Brookfield High School
Halewood Community Comprehensive School
Higher Side Community Comprehensive School
Knowsley Hey School
Prescot School
Ruffwood School
St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School
St Edmund of Canterbury Catholic High School
St Thomas Becket Catholic High School
Burnley Barden High School
Burnley Towneley High School
Burnley Walshaw High School
Nelson Edge End High School
Alsop High School A Technology College
Anfield Community Comprehensive School
Archbishop Beck Catholic High School
Bellerive Catholic High School FCJ
Breckfield Community Comprehensive School
Broadgreen High School
Campion Catholic High School
Childwall Comprehensive School
Croxteth Community Comprehensive School
De La Salle Catholic High School
Fazakerley High School
Holly Lodge Girls' School
Lee Manor High School
New Heys Comprehensive School
Notre Dame Catholic High School
Our Lady's Catholic High School
Queen Mary School
Shorefields School
Speke Community School
St John Almond Catholic High School
St John Bosco High School
West Derby School
Abraham Moss High School
Brookway High School
Burnage High School
Cedar Mount High School
Ducie High School
Levenshulme High School
Newall Green High School
North Manchester Community School for Girls
North Manchester High School for Boys
Oakwood High School
Our Lady's RC High School Manchester
Parkland High School
Plant Hill High School
St Paul's Catholic High School
St Peters
St Thomas Aquinas RC High School Manchester
Whalley Range 11-18 High School
Wright Robinson Sports College
Albion High School
All Hallows RC High School
Canon Williamson CofE High School
Little Hulton Community School
Windsor Community High School
King Richard Secondary School
Channel School
Aston Manor School
Bartley Green School
Bordesley Green Girls' School
Broadway School
Byng Kenrick Central School
Cardinal Newman Catholic School
Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School
Castle Vale School
College High School
Four Dwellings High School
Frankley Community High School
George Dixon School
Golden Hillock Community School
Handsworth Wood Girls' School
Harborne Hill School
Heartlands High School
Hodge Hill Girls' School
Holte School
Holy Trinity Catholic School
Holyhead School
Kings Heath Boys' School
Kings Norton High School
Kingsbury School
Moseley School
Park View School
Queensbridge School
Saltley School
Selly Park Technology College for Girls
Sheldon Heath Community School
Shenley Court School and Sixth Form Centre
Sir Wilfrid Martineau School
Small Heath School
St Alban's CofE School
St John Wall Catholic School
St Paul's Community Foundation School
Stockland Green School
Washwood Heath School
Waverley School
Yardleys School
Manor Farm Community School
T P Riley Community School
Belle Vue Boys' School
Belle Vue Girls' School
Bradford Cathedral Community College
Buttershaw Secondary School
Carlton Bolling College
Grange School
Greenhead High School
Laisterdyke High School
Nab Wood Grammar School
Rhodesway School
Salt Grammar School
Tong School
Birkdale High School
Howden Clough Girls' High School and SF Centre
Westborough High School
Agnes Stewart Church of England High School
Carr Manor High School
City of Leeds School
Cockburn High School
Copperfields College
John Smeaton Community High School
Matthew Murray High School
Merlyn Rees Community High School
Parklands Girls' High School
Primrose High School
Clifton Comprehensive School
Kimberworth Comprehensive School
Thrybergh Comprehensive School
Abbeydale Grange School
Fir Vale School
Firth Park School
Myrtle Springs School
Parkwood High School
Waltheof School
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