To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of the leadership incentive grant in North Yorkshire. 561W
§ Mr. Miliband
Three mainstream secondary schools in North Yorkshire are eligible for the new Leadershiplncentive Grant which began in April 2003. Each school will receive £125,000 for each of the next three years, plus £50,000 partnership funding per year, providing these schools with significant additional resources to raise standards, strengthen leadership at all levels and enable collaborative working. Eligible schools will be expected to revise their School Development Plan in the light of the additional funding, and, as a condition of funding, to work together to draw up a collaborative plan setting out their shared priorities. For schools such as these in North Yorkshire which are outside Excellence in Cities areas, Education Action Zones and Excellence Clusters and which are eligible for the funding, LEAs will be responsible for approving these collaborative plans.
In addition, Aireville School, which was previously funded through the schools facing challenging circumstances and which has now improved, will receive £50,000 this year through the Targeted Improvement Grant to work collaboratively and secure continued improvements.