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Teacher Training

Mr. Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the number of people whom it will be necessary to recruit for teacher training in 1997-98 for the proper future staffing of schools. [4031]

Ms Estelle Morris: The targets for recruitment for teacher training in 1997-98, which were published in November 1996, are shown in the following table. Targets for future years will be reviewed in the autumn.

Initial teacher training intake targets in England 1997-98

SubjectNumber
Mathematics2,250
English1,950
Drama200
Science3,300
Modern Languages2,650
Technology3,200
History900
Geography900
Physical Education1,550
Art950
Music600
Religious Education700
Other350
Total secondary19,500
Total primary11,000


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Mr. Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many people were recruited for teacher training in all main subject areas in each of the last five years; and what are the projected figures for the 1997-98 academic year. [4030]

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Ms Morris: The following table shows the number of new entrants to teacher training for the years 1992-93 to 1996-97. The Department does not make projections of future entrants.

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Initial teacher training actual intake in each subject area since 1992
England only

1992-931993-941994-951995-961996-97
Primary16,65815,77513,74313,60312,465
Secondary
Maths1,6991,7901,9501,7951,653
English1,3681,4831,8291,8772,093
Science2,1482,3972,9182,7942,937
Languages1,3841,5501,7891,7901,720
Technology2,2162,1602,1331,8541,963
History598680927872937
Geography474600636696842
PE1,1531,0841,3091,3111,384
Art579704754818904
Music422461490548507
RE353368448494647
Other457415327378378
All Secondary12,84913,68915,50915,22615,965
Total29,50729,46429,25228,82928,430

From 1993-94 includes School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). English includes Drama.

Technology includes Business Studies and Home Economics.

Other includes Classics, Economics and Social Sciences.

Source:

1992-93 to 1993-94 DfE Recruitment Survey, 1994-95 HESES, 1995-96 to 1996-97 TTA Survey of ITT Providers.


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Post-16 Education

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to encourage children to remain in the education system after the age of 16 years; and if he will make a statement. [3669]

Dr. Howells: We are currently developing a range of measures to encourage young people to continue their education after the age of 16, which will carry forward the commitments made in our election manifesto within the limitations of current public expenditure plans. This will be our Target 2000 programme. I hope to be able to make an early announcement on the details of a number of initiatives.

School Leavers

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what percentage of (a) female and (b) male children leave school at 16 years, broken down into local authority areas; and if he will make a statement.[3668]

Dr. Howells: The following table shows the percentage of 16 year olds who had left school by LEA in 1994-95. Many who leave school at 16 will continue with their education and training, for example in further education colleges, sixth form colleges or in the workplace. Figures for males and females separately could only be made available at disproportionate cost.

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School leavers aged 16 by LEA, England, 1994-95

Percentage
London
Inner London(11)61
Barking60
Barnet43
Bexley58
Brent60
Bromley39
Croydon71
Ealing61
Enfield49
Haringey64
Harrow82
Havering82
Hillingdon50
Hounslow41
Kingston upon Thames38
Merton68
Newham92
Redbridge40
Richmond upon Thames66
Sutton39
Waltham Forest85
Metropolitan authorities
Birmingham70
Coventry59
Dudley96
Sandwell84
Solihull71
Walsall57
Wolverhampton56
Knowsley85
Liverpool52
St. Helens73
Sefton61
Wirral56
Bolton76
Bury87
Manchester82
Oldham79
Rochdale85
Salford99
Stockport83
Tameside98
Trafford73
Wigan94
Barnsley95
Doncaster58
Rotherham70
Sheffield81
Bradford55
Calderdale57
Kirklees78
Leeds60
Wakefield72
Gateshead68
Newcastle upon Tyne49
North Tyneside64
South Tyneside93
Sunderland88
Counties
Avon56
Bedfordshire59
Berkshire43
Buckinghamshire47
Cambridgeshire66
Cheshire62
Cleveland93
Cornwall (including Isles of Scilly)73
Cumbria60
Derbyshire70
Devon59
Dorset52
Durham76
East Sussex67
Essex72
Gloucestershire54
Hampshire90
Hereford and Worcester60
Hertfordshire40
Humberside80
Isle of Wight49
Kent48
Lancashire83
Leicestershire62
Lincolnshire64
Norfolk63
North Yorkshire60
Northamptonshire52
Northumberland52
Nottinghamshire66
Oxfordshire48
Shropshire73
Somerset69
Staffordshire69
Suffolk52
Surrey58
Warwickshire64
West Sussex62
Wiltshire66
England65

(11) Data for individual boroughs are not reliable.


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Dyslexia

Mr. Ottaway: To ask the Secretary of State for education and Employment what plans he has to help secondary school children who suffer from dyslexia. [3973]

Ms Estelle Morris: We need first to ensure that dyslexia is picked up before children reach secondary school. The Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of special educational needs emphasises the need for the early identification of special educational needs. The proposals for a national curriculum for initial teacher training and baseline assessment will help teachers identify children with dyslexia when they first start school. Beyond that, the Department is currently funding a number of research projects directly related to dyslexia. One in particular at the Manchester Metropolitan University, aims to establish those practices for assessment and intervention which teachers have found effective for use in the ordinary classroom. We will make sure that the findings from these projects are disseminated to teachers.

Mr. Ottaway: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on future funding of specialist education for children at secondary school who suffer from dyslexia. [3974]

Ms Morris: Each local education authority is responsible for setting its own budget and deciding its priorities between and within services, including special educational needs. The Government's role is to set the overall framework for the funding of local authority services nationally, and to determine the way in which national "standard spending" totals are distributed between local authorities, through the standard spending assessment system. The way in which we propose to develop policy on provision for special educational needs will be set out in the forthcoming education White Paper.

Education White Paper

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will announce the publication date of the Education White Paper; and if he will make a statement on the timetable for consultation relating to it. [4211]

Mr. Byers: The White Paper setting out the Government's agenda for raising standards in schools will be published in early July. We are planning a period of consultation going well into the Autumn term. We want all those involved in education to join in that process and are seeking the most effective ways of making sure they are aware of and can respond to the proposals. We will be setting out details of the consultation process when the White Paper is published.

Quangos

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what changes he plans to make (a) the role and responsibilities of quangos and (b) the accountability of quangos in the education sector; and if he will make a statement. [4212]

Dr. Howells: We are currently examining the role and responsibilities of each of our Non-Departmental Public Bodies, or quangos, as part of the Department's spending review. Our policy proposals concerning the

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accountability of quangos, including those in the education sector, will be set out in the White Paper on Better Government announced on 3 June by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.


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