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Departmental Policies (Great Grimsby)

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effect on the Great Grimsby constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [156248]

Mr. Wills: Outlined are the details of the effects of a range of the Department's policies on the Great Grimsby constituency and North-East Lincolnshire LEA.

Sure Start

There are two Sure Start programmes in North-East Lincolnshire.

There is one Beacon school in North East Lincolnshire--Strand Infant School, which started in January 2001.

Schools with specialist status designated since 1997

There are three Specialist Schools in North-East Lincolnshire. Hereford School and Western School are jointly designated (Technology) and The Lindsey School (Arts).

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Education Action Zone

North-East Lincolnshire has one EAZ, Grimsby EAZ is a first round zone, which was established in September 1998. It has been approved for extension from three to five years, taking it to August 2003. The zone consists of 11 primary, three secondary schools and a nursery school (details follow). The zone receives up to £1 million in additional public and private sector funding each year.

The zone's key activities are:

The zone has had some very encouraging results. Between 1998 and 2000 the proportions of zone children achieving level 2 in reading, writing and maths at key stage 1 have increased by 15 per cent., 15 per cent. and 16 per cent., compared with 4 per cent., 4 per cent. and 6 per cent. seen nationally. At key stage 4, the proportions of pupils gaining 5+ A*-C, 5+ A*-G and 1+ A*-G have increased by 4 per cent., 7 per cent. and 7 per cent., compared with national gains of 3 per cent., 1 per cent. and 1 per cent. respectively. Class sizes



The September 2000 figures show that there are now only 98 (1.8 per cent.) pupils remaining in infant classes of 31 or more. The figure in January 1997 was 2,393 (38 per cent.).

North-East Lincolnshire Performance Data Key Stage 2, percentage of pupils achieving level 4


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GCSE--percentage of pupils achieving

England Average49.247.946.3
5+ A*-G
England Average88.988.587.5
No passes
England Average5.66.06.6
Average point score
England Average38.938.137.0

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A/AS level and Advanced GNVQ

Average points for fewer than 2 A/AS levels
England Average3.03.03.0
Average points for 2 or more A/AS levels
England Average18.518.217.8
Advanced GNVQs
England Average10.19.99.6

Funding per pupil

In North-East Lincolnshire LEA, funding per pupil has increased by £590 in real terms between 1997-98 and 2001-02.

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North-East Lincolnshire LEA capital funding

Annual Capital Guideline (ACG)1916019571,075474
Supplementary Credit Approval (SCA)--2281193820
New Deal for Schools (NDS)--2,1731,6001,472328
Voluntary Aided (VA) grant385320319936
Seed Challenge Initiative151138------
Public Private Partnerships (PPP)----------
Formula Capital (Including additional)--259------
National Grid for Learning (NGfL)847587390520--
Science labs133133------
Early Excellence Centre grant--15367----
Assist Management Plan (AMP) Assistance----24----
Access at 85 per cent.232--31--
Outside toilets----------
Class Size Initiative--49291518--
Nursery Provision--60------
Secondary Learning Support Units4349------
NDS Devolved Formula675--------
Additional NDS Devolved Formula351--------
NDS Condition Funding495--------

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Education Maintenance Allowance

In September 2000 we extended the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) scheme to 41 additional pilot areas, one of which is the North-East Lincolnshire LEA area. This is one of five pilots designed to identify the extent to which transport costs are a barrier to learning. There are currently over 700 young people in receipt of an allowance. Recent published evaluation

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reports show that EMAs are making a positive difference to young people's lives. On average, an additional 5 per cent. of eligible 16 and 17-year-olds are staying in education in the pilot areas because of EMAs.

Further Education

Student numbers at all Further Education Funding Council funded institutions where home postcode is in the local authority district of Great Grimsby are given in the table.

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1996-97 to 1999-2000

FEFC funded Non-FEFC funded
16-18 Adult 16-18 Adult

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Modern Apprenticeships

Information on Modern Apprenticeships for all English constituencies will be placed in the Library by the end of March.

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New Deal for Young People

In the Great Grimsby constituency, 1,974 young people have joined the New Deal to end December 2000. 991 have found jobs, 701 of which are sustained.

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Labour market statistics

The working age employment rate in North-East Lincolnshire in autumn 2000 was 68.6 per cent., below the UK rate of 74.7 per cent. The rate in autumn 1997 was 66.6 per cent.

The claimant unemployment rate has fallen from 8.9 per cent. in February 1997 to 6.5 per cent. in February 2001 in the Great Grimsby constituency.

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