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Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what aspects of the Connexions schemes in Cornwall, Devon and Lincolnshire focus on rural issues. [143261]

Mr. Wicks: Both Cornwall and Devon, and Lincolnshire are involved in the piloting of the Connexions Service and are developing their business plans to be in the first phase of delivery of the new service from April 2001.

As part of the piloting of the service in Cornwall and Devon the Local Management Partnerships in both Cornwall and Devon are piloting aspects of a rural outreach service. The aim of this work will be a better understanding of the needs of young people in rural areas and a better targeting of resource towards those young

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people. Part of the work will explore cross-border working. The key agencies in the area, local communities and young people are all involved in the work.

The Lincolnshire pilot involves a number of strands of activity that take account of the rural nature of the county. For example, the project strand that is looking at the involvement of young people and parents has highlighted the need to bring the service to the client through good help-line services. There is also a particular rural dimension to the issue of raising aspirations in communities where most people earn their living from unskilled agricultural work. In the South Holland district, the prospective Connexions Partnership is involved in the rural action zone. One theme of this is a "rural academy" which aims to provide enhanced educational opportunities by linking the resources of a number of existing schools. Another is to provide laptop computers on free loan through local libraries to encourage the use of internet based resources and services.

Improved Schools

Charlotte Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment which of the top 15 per cent. of most improved (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England in 1997 to 2000 by region have 50 per cent. or more of pupils in receipt of free school meals; and if he will make a statement on the provision of bonuses for teachers and staff in those schools. [143436]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 19 December 2000]: The names of the schools are listed in the table.

School Achievement Awards will fund staff bonuses at rapidly improving and high performing schools. The first round of awards will be announced before Easter.

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Schools in the top 15 per cent. of 'most improved' schools in England, 1997 to 2000 (Performance Tables definition), with 50 per cent. or more of pupils 'known to be eligible for free school meals'

School nameGovernment office region
Primary schools
Elms Primary and Nursery SchoolEast Midlands
Huntingdon Primary and Nursery SchoolEast Midlands
Bosworth Primary and Nursery SchoolEast Midlands
Southwold Primary and Nursery SchoolEast Midlands
Newry Junior SchoolEast Midlands
Kelvin Grove Primary SchoolLondon
Lawdale Junior SchoolLondon
Effra Primary SchoolLondon
Blue Gate Fields Junior SchoolLondon
Park Primary SchoolLondon
St. Alfege with St. Peter's Church of England Primary SchoolLondon
Queen's Park Primary SchoolLondon
Michael Faraday SchoolLondon
Woodberry Down Junior SchoolLondon
Brackenbury Primary SchoolLondon
Seven Mills Primary SchoolLondon
Arnhem Wharf Primary SchoolLondon
Brettenham Primary SchoolLondon
John Perryn Primary SchoolLondon
Mulgrave Primary SchoolLondon
Loughborough Junior SchoolLondon
Rhyl Primary SchoolLondon
Church Mead Junior SchoolLondon
Bangabandhu Primary SchoolLondon
St. James's and St. Michael's CofE Voluntary Aided Primary SchoolLondon
Tower Bridge Primary SchoolLondon
St. Anne Roman Catholic Primary SchoolLondon
The Beaumont SchoolLondon
Cardwell Primary SchoolLondon
Newport Primary SchoolNorth East
Fell Dyke Community Primary SchoolNorth East
Hawthorn Primary SchoolNorth East
Grangetown Primary SchoolNorth East
Mandale Mill Primary SchoolNorth East
Beechwood Junior SchoolNorth East
Tilery Primary SchoolNorth East
Montagu Primary SchoolNorth East
Ranworth Square Junior Mixed and Infant SchoolNorth West
St. Joseph's RC Primary SchoolNorth West
Simonswood Primary SchoolNorth West
Holy Family RC Primary SchoolNorth West
St. John's Roman Catholic Primary School, RochdaleNorth West
Ashbury Community Primary SchoolNorth West
St. Thomas CofE Primary SchoolNorth West
Fender Primary SchoolNorth West
Wild Bank Primary School and Early Years CentreNorth West
Saint Margaret of Antioch CofE (Aided) Primary SchoolNorth West
St. Alphonsus RC Primary SchoolNorth West
St. Aidan's Catholic Primary SchoolNorth West
Broad Oak Community Primary SchoolNorth West
Vyner Primary SchoolNorth West
Oakenrod Primary SchoolNorth West
Arrowe Hill Primary SchoolNorth West
St. James CofE Primary School, FarnworthNorth West
Beever Junior Infant and Nursery SchoolNorth West
St. Teresa's Catholic Junior SchoolNorth West
Hillside Community Primary SchoolNorth West
Robsack Wood Community Primary SchoolSouth East
Halcon Community Primary SchoolSouth West
St. Jude's Catholic Primary SchoolWest Midlands
St. Matthew's Church of England Primary SchoolWest Midlands
Newstead Primary SchoolWest Midlands
Regents Park Community Primary SchoolWest Midlands
St. Vincent's Catholic Primary SchoolWest Midlands
Yorkswood Primary SchoolWest Midlands
Heathfield Primary SchoolWest Midlands
Allens Croft Primary SchoolWest Midlands
Farndale Junior SchoolWest Midlands
Warren Farm Primary SchoolWest Midlands
Westminster Primary SchoolWest Midlands
Wyndcliffe Junior Community SchoolWest Midlands
Dalton Foljambe Junior and Infant SchoolYorkshire and The Humber
Kinloss Primary SchoolYorkshire and The Humber
Stepney Primary SchoolYorkshire and The Humber
Woodlands Primary SchoolYorkshire and The Humber
Greenlands Junior SchoolYorkshire and The Humber
Thorpepark Primary SchoolYorkshire and The Humber
Ingram Road Primary SchoolYorkshire and The Humber
Wyther Park Primary SchoolYorkshire and The Humber
Secondary schools
Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat Church of England Secondary SchoolLondon
Oaklands SchoolLondon
Selly Park Technology College for GirlsWest Midlands
Aston Manor SchoolWest Midlands


Primary and Secondary Performance Tables 2000

Annual School Census 2000

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School Governors

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the (a) vacancy levels and (b) turnover rate among (i) parent, (ii) LEA and (iii) co-opted school governors; and what principles underlay his proposals for streamlining governing bodies. [143598]

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Ms Estelle Morris: [holding answer 20 December 2000]: The Department does not routinely collect information on vacancy levels and turnover rates among school governors.

Our proposals for streamlining governing bodies are designed to ensure that they focus on a less "hands on", more strategic approach to their responsibility for raising

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standards in schools, leaving head teachers to manage the day-to-day business. The Consultation on School Governing Bodies, launched on 18 November, also aims to lighten the executive burdens carried by governing bodies through transferring some--particularly staff- related responsibilities to heads. If those changes are agreed, we believe that it would be possible to have smaller governing bodies on which all the existing stakeholders would continue to be represented.

Remploy Limited

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will publish the findings of the second stage of the Quinquennial Review of Remploy Ltd. [144126]

Ms Hodge: The Department has completed the Financial Management Survey stage of the Quinquennial Review of Remploy. Copies of the report have been placed in the Library and will be sent to key stakeholders and contributors to the consultation exercise. The report will also be available on the DfEE website,, early in the new year.

This part of the Review considered the relationship between the Government and the Company to ensure that it operates to the highest standards in line with the commitment set out in the Modernising Government White Paper.

As we set out in the Prior Options report we shall undertake a further look at Remploy when we have evaluated the delivery of their new Corporate Plan. We shall aim to begin this review in April 2002.

Departmental Vacancies

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many staff vacancies there were in (a) each directorate of his Department, (b) his Department's Legal Adviser's office and (c) Government offices for the regions on business relating to his Department on 1 July. [143590]

Mr. Wills: The numbers of staff vacancies for each of the Department's Directorates, Legal Adviser's Office and Government Offices for the Regions as at 1 July 2000 are given as follows.

Staff vacanciesNumber
Corporate Services and Development Directorate6
Employment Equality and International Relations Directorate6
Finance and Analytical Services Directorate5
Lifelong Learning Directorate14
Schools Directorate11
Strategy and Communications Directorate10
Private Office2
Legal Adviser's Office0
Government Offices for the Regions (DfEE business)37

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