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Education Standard Spending Assessment

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how much weighting is given to pupil numbers in calculating the education SSA. [67653]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 26 January 1999]: Some 81 per cent. of the education SSA related to schools is allocated on the basis of pupil numbers.

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the possibility of the local authority funding regulations enabling a local education authority to receive funding based on the SSA for education where there are no maintained schools. [67655]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 21 January 1999]: The Government have no plans to change the current education SSA system under which most of the national total is allocated on the basis of the number of registered pupils educated at maintained schools.

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Autism

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that current school-aged children with autism have suitable provision made for them; and if he will make a statement; [68201]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Schools and local education authorities are under a duty to identify children with special educational needs, including those with autistic spectrum disorders, and to arrange provision which meets the needs of individual children. Statements of special educational need set out the range of difficulties and the special provision to be made for the education of children with the most severe and complex needs, including a proportion of the children whose needs arise from autistic spectrum disorders. When arranging provision, after consultation with parents, local education authorities are able to place children with autism in mainstream schools, SEN units in mainstream schools, special schools or specialist autism schools, either in the maintained, voluntary or independent sectors. The Department is funding five regional pilots which will be looking at arrangements for the co-ordination of SEN provision and services. It is expected that some of the projects will focus on provision for pupils with autism. The Department aims to extend regional co-operation arrangements to all areas from April 2000.

Under the Education (School Information) (England) Regulations 1998 local education authorities are required to publish annually information about the arrangements they make for children with special educational needs, including those with autistic spectrum disorders.

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Authorities may, if they wish, publish specific guidance on the arrangements they make for children with autistic spectrum disorders. Any such guidance must be consistent with authorities' duties under the law and have regard to the SEN Code of Practice.

Local Government Finance

Mr. Peter Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what grants have been made by his Department to Shropshire County Council in addition to revenue support grant in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99; [68439]

Ms Estelle Morris: Details of the grants, in addition to revenue support grant, made available by the Department for Education and Employment to Shropshire County Council in 1997-98 and 1998-99, and to Telford and Wrekin Council in 1998-99 are shown in the tables. For the Standards Fund the figures shown include the grant made by the Department and the contribution made by the local education authority.

Grants made available to Shropshire County Council in 1997-98
£

Grant titleShropshire
Standards Fund
School Effectiveness1,255,500
School Improvement Initiatives 50,000
National Curriculum Assessment--Verification KS174,300
National Curriculum Assessment--Supply Cover KS1111,500
Training for KS2 Teacher Assessment59,500
KS3 Non-core Teacher Assessment18,600
Primary Teachers' Subject Knowledge160,700
Special Educational Needs123,300
Qualifications--GNVQ Provision95,900
Qualifications--Part One GNVQ Pilot46,000
Pupil Behaviour and Discipline Centres54,500
Bilingual Pupils27,900
Drug Prevention and Schools44,200
Training for Careers Teachers36,700
Youth Service12,700
National Professional Qualification for Headship41,500
School Security195,300
Child Protection26,000
Specialist Schools115,600
Baseline Assessment86,500
Primary Performance Tables5,600
Books for Schools232,996
New Deal for Schools
New Deal for Schools185,000
Total3,059,796

Grants made available in 1998-99 to Shropshire County Council and Telford and Wrekin Council

£
Grant titleShropshireTelford and Wrekin
Standards Fund
School Effectiveness922,707473,347
School Leadership: NPQH60,30729,250
School Leadership: Serving Heads20,1029,750
Induction for Newly-Qualified Teachers32,15016,493
Early Years Training and Development80,15025,025
Reduction of Infant Class Sizes--291,000
Baseline Assessment63,63232,044
Assessment: Verification KS126,19423,088
Assessment: Supply Cover69,05945,732
Training for KS2 Teacher Assessment38,51621,398
Effective use of National Curriculum Results40,78619,902
National Literacy Strategy--Primary303,225181,723
Summer Literacy Schools18,00020,000
Family Literacy28,00028,000
Special Educational Needs122,720--
Qualifications: GNVQ, AS/A Level, Key Skills etc.92,14124,701
Qualifications: Part One GNVQ Pilot10,000--
Work Related Learning at KS4--50,000
Improving Attendance--99,250
Improving Behaviour--117,000
Improving Attendance and Behaviour36,100--
Behaviour and Discipline Projects--54,600
Drug Prevention40,08021,098
Youth Service12,8075,000
School Security128,60065,972
Specialist Schools116,900--
National Grid for Learning672,000322,792
Books for Schools152,91181,739
Children's Parliament190110
Year 6 Literacy and Numeracy Booster Classes94,44946,980
Numeracy Consultants and Leading Maths Teacher3,7401,870
Capital Work to reduce class sizes591,000328,700
Removal of Outside Toilets329,725--
Energy Management71,24340,025
New Deal for Schools
New Deal for Schools823,348442,200
Total5,000,7822,918,789

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Public Employment Services

Mr. Denzil Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of increasing the capacity of the Public Employment Services as suggested in the explanatory memorandum on European Community document Com (1998) 641 final. [68350]

Mr. Andrew Smith: The measures referred to in the European Document are consistent with the existing role of the Employment Service in the delivery of the UK Employment Action Plan, which sets out the UK's approach to implementing the Employment Guidelines. No further costs are envisaged.

Mr. Denzil Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if his Department will continue to have the main responsibility in Wales for policy questions arising from the Commission

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communication "Modernising Public Employment Services" to support the European Employment Strategy after the establishment of the Welsh Assembly. [68348]

Mr. Andrew Smith: The proposals for the future role of public Employment Services, outlined in the Commission communication "Modernising Public Employment Services" to support the European Employment Strategy, relates to reserved matters for which the Secretary of State for Education and Employment will retain policy responsibility after the establishment of the Welsh Assembly.


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