HL Deb 04 April 2000 vol 611 cc120-1WA
Baroness Blatch

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which education action zones have been established; what were their starting dates; what is the name of the lead body in each case; and which schools are participating in each zone. [HL1663]

Lord Bach

There are now 73 education action zones across England. They are listed below with start dates.

Round 1: September 1998

Barnsley; Lambeth; Newham; Blackburn with Darwin; Leicester; Grimsby; Croydon; Middlesbrough; Weston; Hereford; Newcastle; Salford and Trafford

Round 1: January 1999

East Basildon; Wigan; Halifax; Kingston Upon Hull; Norfolk; Plymouth; Nottingham; Sheffield; South Tyneside; Southwark; Brighton; Birmingham Aston and Nechalls; Birmingham Kitts Green

Round 2: September 1999

Greenwich; Hamilton Oxford

Round 2: December 1999

East Manchester; Preston; Wythenshawe; NE Derbyshire Coalfields; Southend; Dudley; Kent-Somerset Virtual; Slough; Hackney: N Islington; Telford and Wrekin; Hastings and St. Leonards; Wednesbury

Round 2: January 2000

Ashington; East Cleveland; Sunderland; Barrow; Peterlee; Breightmet and Tonge; Wakefield; Bedford; Easington and Seaham; Corby; Bridgewater; Speke Garston; South Bradford: Gloucester; Clacton and Harwich; Stoke on Trent; Wolverhampton; Leigh Park; North Gillingham; Camborne Pool and Redruth; Dingle Granby and Toxteth; Withernsea; Epicentre/Ellesmere Port; Coventry; Downham and Bellingham

Round 2: April 2000

North Stockton; SE Sheffield; NW Shropshire; Derby North East; Bristol; Great Yarmouth; South East England Virtual

Round 2: May 2000


Each zone is led by an action forum as set out in the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

Nineteen action forums are chaired by business representatives. The chair of Wythenshawe EAZ forum is the Chief Executive of Manchester Airport, the initial lead in the zone's application.

In round 2 almost half of the bids were initiated by headteachers and schools who all sought to involve a range of partners, including parents, who still play an active part on each forum. North East Derbyshire, Preston and Slough forums are all chaired by headteachers.

A list of the participating schools has been placed in the Libraries.

Baroness Blatch

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will provide a breakdown of funds and materials-in-kind, listed separately, which have been allocated to each education action zone by:

  1. (a) the Government;
  2. (b) other public bodies; and
  3. (c) the private sector. [HL1664]

Lord Bach

Pledged sponsorship figures covering the three operational years for the 73 approved EAZs continue to increase and currently stand at £36 million (£9.2 million in cash and £27.5 million in kind). DfEE grant (including early years) totalled £9,551,724 for the financial year 1998–99 and £23,766,379 for the financial year 1999–2000.

Full information on these areas for all zones is contained in their audited annual reports, copies of which have beer placed in the Libraries. To date, accounts for eight zones have been placed in the Libraries covering the financial year 1998–99. These relate to zones which began in September 1998 and January 1999.