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EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

School Targets

Mr. Sutcliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will announce the requirements for school-level target setting from September 1998. [43104]

Mr. Byers: School based target-setting for pupil performance will be introduced in September 1998 for all maintained schools, including special schools, with a requirement for two targets for 11 year olds, in English and Mathematics at Key Stage 2, and three targets for 16 year olds at GCSE (or GNVQ equivalent) level. We are clear that this process should support school improvement and should not become a burdensome administrative procedure.

All maintained schools (including special schools) with pupils at the appropriate ages will be required to set the following targets from September 1998:



    Key Stage 2: % of pupils attaining level 4 or above in mathematics


    Key Stage 4: % of pupils attaining 5 or more GCSEs or equivalent at grades A*-C

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    Key Stage 4: % of pupils attaining 1 or more GCSEs or equivalent at grades A*-G


    Key Stage 4: Average GCSE (or equivalent) points score per pupil.

Targets should be set each Autumn and should relate to those pupils who will take the National Curriculum tests or GCSE examinations or equivalent in the following school year, i.e. five terms later.

The regulatory framework will be laid before Parliament shortly. Schools should receive details of the requirement via a circular in the summer term.

Education Action Zones

Ms Rosie Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will announce details of the applications to set up education action zones. [43281]

Mr. Byers: A total of 60 applications have been received. The areas covered are:

RegionAreaTotal
West MidlandsAston, Birmingham
Hodge Hill, Birmingham
Hereford, Herefordshire
Sandwell
Solihull
Stoke-on-Trent
Walsall
Wolverhampton8
South WestLands End, Cornwall
Camborne, Cornwall
Weston Super Mare, Somerset
Plymouth
Bridgwater, Somerset
S. E. Wiltshire6
East MidlandsN. E. Derbyshire
Leicester city
Gainsborough, Lincs
Corby, Northants
Nottingham5
South EastBrighton and Hove
Aylesbury, Bucks
St. Leonards, E. Sussex
N. Guildford4
North EastMiddlesbrough
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Redcar and Cleveland
South Shields, S. Tyneside
Sunderland5
North WestBlackburn
Bolton
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
S. Manchester
Wythenshawe, Manchester
E. Manchester
Salford/Trafford
Tameside
Wigan
Liverpool10
EastBasildon, Essex
Luton
Thetford, Norfolk3
Yorkshire and theRoyston, near Barnsley
HumberN. and E. Barnsley
Manningham, Bradford
S. E. Bradford
Halifax
Kingston-upon-Hull
Leeds
Grimsby
Sheffield9
Inner LondonHackney
Hammersmith and Fulham
Lambeth
Lewisham
Southwark
Outer LondonBarking and Dagenham
N. Croydon
New Addington (Croydon)
Haringey
Newham10

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School Budgets

Mr. Dorrell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will publish a list of aggregated schools budgets for 1998-99 by local education authority. [37761]

Mr. Byers: The following table gives the information requested as a listing of local education authorities in England for 1998-99. The figures are derived from the budget statements produced by the local education authorities under section 122 of the 1996 Education Act.

Aggregated schools budget
£000

England--1998-99 (provisional figures)
City of London658
Camden51,934
Greenwich85,900
Hackney62,450
Hammersmith and Fulham38,022
Islington58,960
Kensington and Chelsea25,292
Lambeth49,288
Lewisham81,984
Southwark65,726
Tower Hamlets86,720
Wandsworth47,406
Westminster43,932
Barking/Dagenham58,978
Barnet73,241
Bexley63,821
Brent48,976
Bromley41,116
Croydon74,029
Ealing69,052
Enfield82,059
Haringey70,675
Harrow58,962
Havering66,874
Hillingdon41,565
Hounslow71,225
Kingston29,433
Merton46,347
Newham89,123
Redbridge79,079
Richmond41,034
Sutton39,235
Waltham Forest70,832
Birmingham338,420
Coventry101,954
Dudley83,298
Sandwell96,236
Solihull68,075
Walsall71,928
Wolverhampton72,543
Knowsley56,250
Liverpool149,121
St. Helens56,602
Sefton90,525
Wirral97,538
Bolton77,285
Bury49,869
Manchester138,513
Oldham80,807
Rochdale56,997
Salford67,742
Stockport76,948
Tameside60,799
Trafford46,763
Wigan98,226
Barnsley57,268
Doncaster95,039
Rotherham82,652
Sheffield127,823
Bradford141,116
Calderdale39,423
Kirklees110,189
Leeds222,290
Wakefield88,468
Gateshead55,591
Newcastle76,977
North Tyneside57,482
South Tyneside46,062
Sunderland93,463
Isles of Scilly872
Bath and North East Somerset46,432
Bristol103,745
North Somerset52,321
South Gloucestershire73,497
Hartlepool29,124
Middlesbrough45,532
Redcar and Cleveland47,386
Stockton on Tees59,885
Hull78,681
East Riding90,715
North East Lincolnshire53,745
North Lincolnshire46,511
North Yorkshire166,577
York45,662
Bedfordshire102,333
Luton47,728
Buckinghamshire115,424
Milton Keynes48,527
Derbyshire161,463
Derby City48,595
Dorset89,119
Poole23,989
Bournemouth27,842
Durham144,424
Darlington27,228
East Sussex124,341
Brighton and Hove57,859
Hampshire299,740
Portsmouth47,889
Southampton59,675
Leicestershire166,088
Leicester City91,714
Rutland4,010
Staffordshire225,248
Stoke-on-Trent66,345
Wiltshire74,784
Swindon40,076
Bracknell Forest29,329
Windsor and Maidenhead35,144
West Berkshire36,867
Reading23,978
Slough23,720
Wokingham45,171
Cambridgeshire105,589
Peterborough37,525
Cheshire199,603
Halton40,904
Warrington59,038
Devon161,186
Plymouth74,266
Torbay31,903
Essex212,747
Southend-on-Sea26,296
Thurrock28,654
Herefordshire42,049
Worcestershire133,945
Kent 270,191
Medway Towns64,418
Lancashire316,358
Blackburn with Darwen43,203
Blackpool35,741
Nottinghamshire225,158
Nottingham City72,231
Shropshire70,308
Telford and Wrekin37,955
Cornwall126,340
Cumbria112,415
Gloucestershire92,539
Hertfordshire270,356
Isle of Wight37,132
Lincolnshire122,265
Norfolk183,873
Northamptonshire159,466
Northumberland91,981
Oxfordshire152,760
Somerset125,401
Suffolk192,304
Surrey208,275
Warwickshire123,878
West Sussex201,515
England12,963,313

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New Deal

Mr. Pond: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if any young person will be disqualified from receipt of benefit solely for refusing to take up the proposed New Deal option of serving in the Armed Forces. [42136]

Mr. Andrew Smith: There is no separate New Deal "option" of serving in the Armed Forces. That said, one of the opportunities which the New Deal for 18-24 year olds is able to offer to unemployed young people is the chance to consider a possible career in the Armed Forces.

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No one will face benefit sanctions solely for choosing not to do so. Employment Service guidelines make clear that entry to the Armed Forces must be voluntary.

Cheltenham and Gloucester HE College

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education will be formally awarded university status. [42488]

Dr. Howells: Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education has not yet applied for university status. The Government have agreed with the recommendation of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education that there should be no immediate change to the current criteria for university status. Under these criteria an institution should normally have a track record of satisfactorily maintaining degree standards for at least three years following the award of taught and research degree awarding powers. Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education obtained taught course degree awarding powers in 1992 and research degree awarding powers in February 1998.


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