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The Education (Outturn Statements) (England) Regulations 2007

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1.  (1)  The Regulations may be cited as the Education (Outturn Statements) (England) Regulations 2007 and come into force on 16th July 2007.

(2) These Regulations apply only in relation to England, and only in relation to outturn statements prepared for the period prescribed in regulation 4.

Interpretation

2.  (1)  In these Regulations—

“the 1996 Act” means the Education Act 1996(1);

“the 1998 Act” means the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;

“the 2000 Act” means the Learning and Skills Act 2000(2);

“the 2002 Act” means the Education Act 2002(3);

“the 2006 Regulations” means the School Finance (England) Regulations 2006(4);

“the 2006 Outturn Regulations” means the Education (Outturn Statements) (England) Regulations 2006(5);

“the Budget Statements Regulations” means the Education (Budget Statements) (England) Regulations 2006(6);

“Academy” means an independent school funded by the Secretary of State under section 482 of the 1996 Act(7);

a reference to “adult and community learning” is a reference to part-time education (including vocational, social, physical, recreational training and organised leisure-time occupation) provided by a LEA to persons of any age living or working in their area which is not primary education, secondary education, FE or HE(8);

an “Adult Education Programme” is a programme delivering adult and community learning;

AEF” means aggregate external finance, which is central government revenue funding for LEAs comprising Revenue Support Grant, National Non-Domestic rates and certain specific grants;

“budget statement” means the statement referred to in section 52(1) of the 1998 Act;

“capital expenditure” means expenditure of a local authority which falls to be capitalised in accordance with proper practices, or expenditure that must be treated as capital expenditure by virtue of any regulations or directions made under section 16(2) of the Local Government Act 2003(9);

“central expenditure” means the total amount deducted by a LEA from their schools budget;

CERA” means capital expenditure which a LEA expect to charge to a revenue account of the LEA as defined in section 22 of the Local Government Act 2003;

a reference to “community focussed extended schools costs” is a reference to any costs incurred by the governing body in providing, or arranging for the provision of, services or facilities under section 27 of the 2002 Act;

a reference to “community focussed extended schools facilities income” is a reference to any income of a governing body derived from charging for the provision of services or facilities under section 27 of the 2002 Act;

a reference to “community focussed extended schools funding and/or grants” is a reference to any income of a governing body derived from SSG, LSC grants or funding devolved by the LEA where the grant terms provide that moneys must be spent, or the purpose of devolving such funds is, to enable the governing body to provide services or facilities under section 27 of the 2002 Act;

a reference to “community focussed extended schools staff” is a reference to staff employed by, or under contract to, a governing body for the purpose of either—

(a)

providing services or facilities under section 27 of the 2002 Act, or

(b)

delivering an Adult Education Programme where the governing body manages the delivery of such a programme on behalf of the LEA;

a reference to “community focussed revenue balance” is a reference to any funds paid to a governing body from any source for the purpose of providing, or arranging for the provision of, services under section 27 of the 2002 Act during funding period 1 or during the financial years beginning 1st April 2005 or 1st April 2004 which remain unspent;

a reference to “community services” is a reference to the income of a governing body derived from the letting of school premises to persons providing social or leisure activities for the benefit of those who live or work in the locality of the school;

the “Dedicated Schools Grant”, (“DSG”), is the grant of that name paid to a LEA by the Secretary of State under section 14 of the 2002 Act;

“delegated funding” means funding which a LEA allocates to schools as their budget shares for funding period 1 under section 49 of the 1998 Act(10);

“devolved funding” means funding which a LEA allocates to schools from their schools budget which does not form part of the schools' budget shares;

“discretionary award” means an award which a LEA may bestow on persons ordinarily resident in their area(11);

“Education Maintenance Allowance” means financial assistance under section 14 of the 2002 Act paid to or in respect of a person who is over compulsory school age in connection with his undertaking any course of education or training(12);

“Education Welfare Service” is a LEA service for the purpose of reducing levels of unauthorised absence from schools(13);

“FE” means further education(14);

“funding period 1” is the financial year beginning on 1st April 2006;

“governing body” means the governing body of a maintained school;

a reference to “government grants inside AEF” is a reference to the following: the DSG; the Performance Standards Fund Grant; the Standards Fund—School Standards Grant (including personalisation); and the Standards Fund—Other Grant;

a reference to “government grants outside AEF” is a reference to the following: Education Maintenance Allowances; payments by the Higher Education Funding Council(15); LSC Adult and Community Learning Education; LSC Sixth Forms Grant; LSC Further Education Grant; and mandatory awards;

“HE” means higher education(16);

ICT” means information and communication technology;

ISB” means the individual schools budget;

“LEA” means local education authority;

“LSC” means the Learning and Skills Council for England(17);

“the LSC Adult and Community Learning Education Grant” is the sum of money paid under a grant of that name to a LEA by the LSC under section 7 of the 2000 Act;

“the LSC Further Education Grant” is the sum of money paid under a grant of that name to a LEA by the LSC under section 7 of the 2000 Act;

the “LSC Sixth Forms Grant” is the sum of money paid under a grant of that name to a LEA by the LSC under section 7 of the 2000 Act;

“mandatory award” means an award which a LEA have an obligation to bestow upon persons ordinarily resident in their area in respect of attendance at designated courses(18);

“maintained school” means a community, foundation or voluntary school, a community or foundation special school, or a maintained nursery school(19));

a reference to “music service” is a reference to expenditure by a LEA on the provision of music tuition and other activities which enable school pupils to enhance their learning and appreciation of music;

“nursery school” has the meaning given to this expression in section 6(1) of the 1996 Act(20);

“outturn statement” means the statement referred to in section 52(2) of the 1998 Act;

a reference to the “Performance Standards Fund Grant” is a reference to the grant of that name paid to a LEA by the Secretary of State under section 14 of the 2002 Act;

PRC” means premature retirement costs;

a reference to “pupil focussed extended school funding and/or grants” is a reference to funds paid to a governing body by the LSC for the purpose of providing, or arranging for the provision of, services or facilities under section 27 of the 2002 Act to sixth form pupils registered at the school;

a reference to “pupil support” is a reference to expenditure on a LEA’s functions under section 510 and 514 of the 1996 Act (provision of administration of clothing grants and boarding grants) and pursuant to regulations made under section 518(1)(a) of that Act(21);

“primary school” has the meaning given to this expression in section 5(1) of the 1996 Act(22);

“school” means a maintained school;

the “School Standards Grant (pupil focussed)”, (“SSG”), is the grant of that name paid to a LEA by the Secretary of State under section 14 of the 2002 Act;

“secondary school” has the meaning given to this expression in section 5(2) of the 1996 Act;

“special educational needs”, (“SEN”), and “special educational provision” have the meanings given to those expressions by section 312 of the 1996 Act(23);

“specific formula grant” means a grant known as such and paid under section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003;

“special school” has the meaning given to that expression by section 6(2) of the 1996 Act(24);

references to “Standards Fund—School Standards Grant (including personalisation)” and to “Standards Fund—Other” are references to the grants of those names paid to a LEA or a governing body by the Secretary of State under section 14 of the 2002 Act(25);

a reference to “Standards Fund—non-devolved” is a reference to money paid to a LEA under the Standards Fund Grant which has not been devolved to schools or spent by the LEA on any class or description of expenditure prescribed for the purposes of section 45A(2) of the 1998 Act(26);

a reference to “student support” is a reference to expenditure incurred by a LEA on assessment of eligibility for, and administration of, mandatory awards, discretionary awards and other allowances and grants paid to FE and HE students;

a reference to “teacher development” is a reference to expenditure on Teacher and Curriculum Centres, and on the employment of staff to train teachers at those centres;

a reference to “visual and performing arts” is a reference to expenditure on activities which enable school pupils to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of visual and performing arts, other than music; and

“youth service” means a service provided in exercise of a LEA’s functions under sections 15B(27), 507A or 507B(28) of the 1996 Act, or section 114 of the 2000 Act.

(2) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, references to primary or secondary schools do not include special schools.

Revocation and saving

3.  (1)  The 2006 Outturn Regulations are revoked.

(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) above, the 2006 Outturn Regulations continue to apply in relation to the financial year beginning on 1st April 2005.

Period to which an outturn statement must relate

4.  For the purposes of section 52(2) of the 1998 Act, the period prescribed in accordance with section 52(2B) is funding period 1.

Prescribed form of, and information to be contained in, outturn statements

5.  For the purposes of section 52(3)(a) of the 1998 Act, an outturn statement is prepared in three parts and contains the information prescribed for the purposes of section 52(2) as follows—

(a)Part 1 is in the form prescribed in Schedule 1 and contains information with respect to—

(i)a LEA’s planned expenditure from their schools budget and LEA budget as specified in the budget statement prepared by the LEA in respect of funding period 1(29), and

(ii)expenditure incurred by the LEA, or treated by the LEA as having been incurred, from those budgets during that funding period.

(b)Part 2 is in the form prescribed in Schedule 2 and contains information with respect to—

(i)a LEA’s planned expenditure from their schools budget as specified in the budget statement prepared by the LEA for funding period 1, and

(ii)expenditure incurred by the schools,

(iii)expenditure incurred by the LEA, or treated as having been incurred by the LEA, from their schools budget, including funds delegated or devolved to schools, and funds expended on schools and Academies directly by the LEA from central expenditure,

(iv)any other resources allocated to schools by the LEA,

(v)other accountable resources held and expended by schools, and

(vi)expenditure on the youth service by the LEA during funding period 1.

(c)Part 3 is in the form prescribed in Schedule 3 and contains information in relation to each school with respect to—

(i)the school’s planned budget share, as specified in the budget statement prepared by the LEA for funding period 1, and

(ii)expenditure incurred by the LEA, or treated as having been incurred, in respect of that school,

(iii)other resources allocated by the LEA to that school, and

(iv)accountable resources held and expended by that school during funding period 1.

Prescribed manner and time of publication of outturn statements

6.  (1)  For the purposes of section 52(3)(b) of the 1998 Act, every outturn statement is published by—

(a)supplying a copy to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills; and

(b)making a copy available for inspection at all times free of charge—

(i)at each principal office of the LEA; and

(ii)on a website maintained by the LEA and accessible to the public.

(2) A LEA must publish their outturn statement before 25th August 2007.

(3) A LEA must revise their outturn statement where they discover any errors in that statement.

(4) Where a LEA revise their outturn statement, the revised statement must be in the form prescribed by regulation 5, and must be published in accordance with the requirements of paragraph (1).

Jim Knight

Minister of State

Department for Education and Skills

13th June 2007

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