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Physical Education

Ms Kelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many physical education teacher vacancies there were in secondary schools, broken down by region, in each year since 1995. [154480]

Ms Estelle Morris: The information requested is as follows:

January:
Government Office region199519961997199819992000
North East221121
North West001533
Yorkshire and Humber012131
East Midlands100012
West Midlands233465
South West001121
East443527
London67101327
South East4106483
Total192727342930

The estimated vacancy rate for physical education in each year since 1995 is as follows:

Vacancy rate
January
19950.2
19960.2
19970.2
19980.3
19990.3
20000.2

The number of regular teachers (excluding short-term supply) in the maintained schools sector in England at January 2000 was 404,600, the highest for 10 years and 6,900 higher than January 1998.There was a growth of 2,300 in the number of people recruited to train to be teachers between 1999-2000 and 2000-01, the first such increase since 1992-93.

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From April 2001 new graduate recruits can expect to earn £17,000 a year (up 6 per cent. from the previous year) and starting salaries in inner London will rise to £20,000 (up 9 per cent. from the previous year).

Basic Skills Provision (Inspections)

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has for the continuation of inspections of performance by full-time and part-time education providers in the programme area of basic skills. [154675]

Mr. Wicks [holding answer 21 March 2001]: The Government attach high priority to improving adults' literacy and numeracy skills. On 1 March, we published our national strategy for achieving this in Skills for Life, which set out how regular monitoring and robust inspection will raise standards among basic skills providers and improve the achievement of learners.

From April 2001 'all' providers of adult literacy and numeracy provision funded by the Learning and Skills Council or a local authority will fall within the general arrangements for inspection by Ofsted and/or the Adult Learning Inspectorate, as defined by the Learning and Skills Act 2000. In addition, we will conduct a review of the quality and inspection criteria for basic skills provision.

Curriculum 2000

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the annual cost, and on whom it will fall, of additional external moderation and examination needed to fulfil the requirement of Curriculum 2000. [154676]

Mr. Wicks [holding answer 21 March 2001]: The Government have provided additional funding of £103 million for schools and colleges for Curriculum 2000 in 2000-01. This includes the costs of external moderation and examination.

Post-16 Educational Qualifications

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to integrate the award of educational qualifications post-16 with individual pupil records. [154678]

Mr. Wicks [holding answer 21 March 2001]: There are no plans to integrate the award of educational qualifications post-16 with individual pupil records.

School Achievement Awards

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to give recognition to schools with consistently high standards of achievement in both 1997 and 2000; and if he will make a statement. [154741]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 20 March 2001]: School Achievement Awards are being given for the first time this year. In this first round we are giving priority to improvement. We are also giving excellence awards to schools that achieved better results last year than most other schools in similar circumstances. The Department also recognises sustained achievement in other ways,

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notably through the Beacon Schools scheme. There are now nearly 600 Beacon Schools across the country and the number is set to grow.

University Students

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the unit of resource per full-time student at English universities in (a) cash, (b) real terms and (c) indexed to a base of 1989 = 100, in (i) 1989, (ii) 1992, (iii) 1997, (iv) 2000-01, (v) 2001-02 and estimated for (A) 2002-03 and (B) 2003-04. [154814]

Mr. Wicks: Information relating to the unit of publicly planned funding per full-time equivalent student at higher education institutions in England is shown in the table:

Publicly planned funding per full-time equivalent higher education student in England (in £)(24) in cash terms, and in real terms at 1989-90 prices

Cash termsReal termsReal terms index
Outturn
1989-905,3505,350100
1992-935,0604,28080
1997-984,5803,41064
Planned
2000-014,8603,38063
2001-025,0203,41064
2002-035,1503,41064
2003-045,2903,42064

(24) Unit funding per student is rounded to the nearest £5


The Government are investing an extra £1.7 billion in higher education in England over the six years to 2003-04. The increases in publicly planned funding announced last November coupled with planned increases in student numbers imply estimated real terms increases in funding per full-time equivalent student of 0.7 per cent., 0 per cent. and 0.4 per cent. over the next three years.

National Training Organisations

Mr. Robert Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when he will make an announcement on the outcome of the consultation on the future national training organisation representation for the telecom industry. [155081]

Mr. Wicks: The consultation ends on 30 March 2001. We will make an announcement on future arrangements as soon as practicable after the end of the consultation period. Details will be published on the internet in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Public Consultations.

Mr. Robert Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the annual membership fee of each of the national training organisations. [155082]

Mr. Wicks: NTOs are independent employer-led organisations and it is for them to decide whether they wish to operate a membership arrangement with employers in their sector and if so what the appropriate annual membership should be. The Department does not keep information on the membership schemes that operate.

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Pupil Exclusions

Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many pupils were excluded from school (a) temporarily and (b) permanently (i) in each of the London education authorities and (ii) nationally during the past 12 months, broken down by ethnic origin. [155000]

Jacqui Smith: The Department is currently collating information on the number of permanent exclusions from maintained primary, secondary and special schools in

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England in the school year 1999-2000 and provisional figures will be published in a Statistical First Release in May 2001 (provisional date). The Department does not collect data on the number of fixed period exclusions.

The latest available information, which is for the school year 1998-99, on the number of pupils permanently excluded from school in each of the London education authorities and in England as a whole, broken down by ethnic origin, is shown in the table.

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Number of permanent exclusions from Primary, Secondary and Special(25) schools by ethnic origin 1998-99

Number of exclusions
WhiteBlack CaribbeanBlack AfricanBlack otherIndianPakistaniBangladeshiChineseAny other ethnic groupTotal
City of London0000000000
Camden14(26)--(26)--(26)--(26)--(26)--(26)--0519
Greenwich51(26)--57(26)--00(26)--1275
Hackney158(26)--60000635
Hammersmith and Fulham1813690000(26)--46
Islington167(26)--(26)--0000528
Kensington and Chelsea116(26)--(26)--0000623
Lambeth(26)--23950000(26)--37
Lewisham2013(26)--200000962
Southwark22482210000(26)--(26)--102
Tower Hamlets13(26)--(26)--000140(26)--27
Wandsworth2230911000(26)--(26)--72
Westminster1710(26)--(26)--0000734
Barking and Dagenham35(26)--(26)--(26)--0000(26)--35
Barnet19126(26)--(26)--000(26)--37
Bexley54(26)--500000059
Brent15271410(26)--(26)--00672
Bromley746(26)--00000585
Croydon6746(26)--800(26)--07128
Ealing28216(26)--(26)--(26)--00863
Enfield4415(26)--70000975
Haringey1316(26)--6(26)--000(26)--35
Harrow206(26)--7(26)--(26)--00(26)--33
Havering37(26)--(26)--(26)--0000(26)--37
Hillingdon55(26)--0(26)--(26)--(26)--00(26)--55
Hounslow435(26)--(26)--7(26)--00863
Kingston upon Thames23(26)--000000(26)--23
Merton138(26)--00000(26)--21
Newham2388(26)--0(26)--(26)--0948
Redbridge2165(26)--(26)--0(26)--0537
Richmond upon Thames35(26)--(26)--(26)--000(26)--035
Sutton33(26)--(26)--(26)--0000033
Waltham Forest4025(26)--9(26)--500(26)--79
England8,7915931572687116542632010,413

(25) Includes maintained and non maintained special school

(26) Fewer than 5 pupils


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