§ Mrs. May
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list, for each education action zone(a) the lead LEA, (b) the schools in the zones, (c) the parliamentary constituencies covered by each zone, (d) the date of the zone's inauguration, (e) the total public funding given to each zone to date, (f) the public funding budgeted to be given to the zone in future, (g) the total private funding obtained by each zone and (h) the date of (i) inspection and (ii) audit of each zone's efficiency and effectiveness. 515W
§ Ms Estelle Morris
[holding answer 12 March 20011The information requested for each of the 73 large Education Action Zones (EAZs), is contained in tables, copies of which have been placed in the Library, with the exception of(h) (ii) which is an ongoing process. EAZs do not have 'lead LEAs'. The table lists the Partner LEAs.
This funding has led to improvements in the standards of education. In the 25 first round zones which have been running the longest, the proportion of 7-year-olds reaching level 2 in reading, writing and maths has increased by 7,. 6 and 8 percentage points respectively since 1998, compared with national increases of 4, 4 and 6 percentage points over the same period. The proportion of 11-year-olds achieving level 4 in English, maths and science has increased by 12, 16 and 20 percentage points respectively, compared with 10, 14 and 16 percentage points nationally.
Pledged private sector sponsorship for all Education Action Zones now runs at over £37 million; some £36 million of this is for large zones.