Full breakdown and analysis of education cuts
08 Jun 2010
Although I had asked several times for the full breakdown of the £670 million in cuts from the Department for Education, I was always told they did not have them as they could only be obtained from the Treasury.
I was about to try a Freedom of Information request when, finally, in response to a letter from Ed Balls, the Shadow Education Secretary, the full details were given in a letter from Education Secretary, Michael Gove.
The full breakdown reveals that the real victims of the cuts have been 14-19 year-olds, particularly those not in employment, education or training (NEETS) whose programmes have been cut severely. Many charities working in this field will find government grants drying up.
On the curriculum and qualifications front, the government has cut from the budgets of two areas it dislikes: the new diplomas and the planned review of the primary curriculum.
Schools will feel the effects of the cuts, particularly if they are Specialist Schools (which are losing capital on being redesignated in their specialist status and from the High Performing Specialist School programme).
A lot of jobs will go amongst staff at education quangos and regional advisers.
Let's hope that when the next round of cuts comes, the government will live up to its word and release the full information more quickly.
The main headings are:
Area Based Grant: £311 million cut
This is money that goes from the DfE to local authorities for the support of education but which, unlike the Dedicated Schools Grant, is not ring-fenced. In other words, councils have flexibility over how they spend this money. It tends to go on things such as school transport and other education support services.
Quangos: £80 million
TDA: £30 million. Includes a reduction in the agency's marketing and communications spending.
National College for Leadership: £16 million. Equals 10% of the annual budget.
School Food Trust: £1 million. Cut in communications budget.
CWDC (Children's Workforce Development Council) : £15 million. Equals 10% of the budget.
QCDA: £8 million. Will eventually be abolished.
Becta: £10 million. Will be abolished.
Communications Budget at DfE: £15 million
£5 million from the department's central communications budget. Although not clear, this would appear to be the money saved from moving Teachers TV off broadcast channels and entirely on to the Internet. Also from reducing activities like DirectGov Kids, a government website for 5 - 11 year-olds which teaches about citizenship, democracy and government .
£6 million from reducing the 14-19 and Youth Task force communications budgets, used to - for example - explain and raise awareness of things like diplomas.
£4 million in the central children and families communication budget.
14- 19 education: £59.9 million
£2.7 million from ending Activity Agreement and Entry to Learning pilots. Activity Agreement is a programme of activities for 16 & 17 year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEETS). Entry to Learning is a scheme aimed at raising the self-esteem and confidence of NEETS with the aim of getting them back into education or work. The government says the pilots are no longer needed as 'lessons have been learned from them'.
£7 million from unallocated funding previously earmarked for enterprise education.
£9 million from efficiencies and ending lower priority projects in 14-19 education.
£9 million from savings from lower than expected take-up of diplomas. (Now the budget is cut for marketing and communications, there may be even more savings from lower take-up!)
£13.2 million from scaling back support for delivery of diplomas. It's not clear where this will bite but the government had given money to support movement of students between colleges in rural areas -- essential to the delivery of diplomas.
£9 million from stopping development of the diplomas. The phase 4 diplomas will not now happen.
£14 million from reducing centrally provided workforce development activity and ending a number of field forces.
£900,000 from ending the role of Regional Advisers from September.
Efficiency savings £171 million:
These cuts include:
£7 million from not proceeding with implementation of changes to the primary curriculum following Sir Jim Rose's review. Schools will now continue with the existing curriculum. Also savings from scaling back initiatives on PSHE, Citizenship and RE.
£2 million from reducing the transitional costs of switching functions from the LSC to the new Young People's Learning Agency.
£1.2 million from scaling back plans for the Framework for Excellence, the performance assessment tool for FE colleges and post-16 training providers.
£8 million from cancelling the last round of grants to the Youth Sector Development Fund. This was a fund to support charities and Third Sector organisations that support young people (e.g. Kids Club, Somerset Rural Youth Project, West Yorkshire Youth Association).
£3 million from unallocated money earmarked for youth sector support.
£7 million from not proceeding with new cadre of High Performing Specialist Schools. This was aimed at the top performing 30% of specialists schools to enable them to provide system leadership and to share good practice.
£7 million from central procurement and research budgets.
£47 million from unallocated money left in the One to One tuition budget once all front-line money has been allocated.
£1.5 million from unallocated money for Playing for Success. This is a partnership between the DfE and sports clubs, including premiership football clubs, to support study centres.
£1 million from unallocated, non front-line money for Gifted & Talented.
£5 million from efficiencies from Every Child A Reader and lower than expected take-up from Every Child A Writer.
£8 million from City Challenge.
£2 million from scaling back some school improvement targets
£10 million from underspend from lower take-up on Free Childcare for Training and Learning for Work.
£10 million from efficiencies from improved EMA administration.
Capital savings £33 million
£25 million from Extended Schools capital. This is based on fact that 98% of schools now have extended services.
£8 million from ending capital grant for schools that are re-designated as specialist school status.