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Select Committee on Public Accounts Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX 4

Supplementary memorandum submitted by the Department for Education and Employment (PAC 00-01/172)

QUESTION 160

  Periodically the Department for Education have undertaken Secondary School Curriculum and Staffing Surveys. These sample surveys of maintained secondary schools in England collect information, not available from other sources, about curriculum provision in schools, teachers' qualifications and teacher deployment.

  The results of the surveys are published in Statistical Bulletins. The following table has been drawn from Statistical Bulletins 8/86, 18/91, 24/93, 11/97.

PE Teachers
Full-time
teachers with
post A level
qualification
in PE
Part-time
teachers with
post A level
qualfication
in PE
Full-time
teachers
teaching PE
Full-time
teachers with
post A level
qualification
teaching PE
Proportion of PE
taught by
full-time
teachers with
post A level
qualification
1983-84
36,400
2,800
37,900
21,600
88%
1987-88
31,600
3,900
30,300
18,500
90%
1991-92
30,300
5,200
24,400
16,600
91%
1996-97
22,000
3,800
20,000
14,800
94%

QUESTION 162

  The following table has again been constructed from data in the Statistical Bulletins

Home
Economics
Teachers
Full-time
teachers with
post A level
qualification in
Home
Economics
Part-time
teachers with
post A level
qualification in
Home
Economics
Full-time
teachers
teaching Home
Economics
Full-time
teachers with
post A level
qualification
teaching Home
Economics
Proportion of
Home
Economics
taught by
full-time
teachers with
post A level
qualification
1983-84
10,100
2,200
11,500
9,200
94%
1987-88
8,800
2,800
10,400
7,900
91%
1991-92
9,900
3,200
10,100
7,900
93%
1996-97*
6,800
2,400
5,000
3,900
83%


  * In 1996-97 in addition to the home economic teachers shown, there were teachers of food technology who were included with Design and Technology, but not separately identified.

  Design and Technology included food technology, design and realisation, graphics, graphic communications, craft, metalwork and woodwork.

  Home economics included food and nutrition, dress, textiles and child development.

QUESTIONS 165 & 166

  Prior to October 1998 no data was collected centrally about the number of playing fields being sold off. Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 came into effect in October 1998 with the objective of protecting school playing fields. It requires a local authority or governing body of any maintained school to obtain the Secretary of State's consent before disposing, or changing the use, of any school playing field.

  Since 1 October 1998 (when the legislation was introduced), 81 applications to dispose of a sports pitch have been approved. This represents an approval rate of about 3 applications per month. The Department estimates that, before 1998, disposals were running at up to about 40 fields a month.

  The Department has never collected information on the number of school playing fields but, for the future, data to be collected through Asset Management Plans will provide a clearer picture of the number of school playing fields throughout England.

QUESTION 172

  The Education (Nutritional Standards for School Lunches) (England) Regulations 2000—SI 2000 No 1777—came into force on 1 April 2001. The regulations introduce nutritional standards for school lunches for registered pupils in all schools maintained by local education authorities in England.

  They set out compulsory minimum nutritional standards and local education authorities and schools are free to exceed them if they choose.

  Three booklets have been produced on implementing the nutritional standards, which are primarily for use by school caterers:

    —  Healthy school lunches for pupils in nursery schools/units (DfEE ref: 314/2000)

    —  Healthy school lunches for pupils in primary schools (DfEE ref: 315/2000)

    —  Healthy school lunches for students in nursery schools (DfEE ref: 316/2000)

  The booklets are available from DfEE Publications telephone 0845 6022260 and are also available on the internet at www.dfee.gov.uk/schoollunches

  The regulations define five groups of food:

      A.  Fruit and vegetables covering all forms—fresh, frozen, canned, dried or in the form of juice.

      B.  Starchy foods including bread, chapatis, pasta, noodles, rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, millet and cornmeal.

      C.  Meat, fish and other non dairy sources of protein covering meat and fish in all forms (whether fresh, frozen, canned or dried) including meat or fish products, eggs, nuts, pulses and beans, other than green beans.

      D.  Milk and dairy foods including milk, cheese, yoghurt (including frozen yoghurt and drinking yoghurt), fromage frais, milkshakes and custard but not butter or cream.

      E.  Foods containing fat and foods containing sugar including margarine, butter, other spreading fats, cooking oils and fats, oil based salad dressings, mayonnaise, salad cream, cream, chocolate, crisps, biscuits, pastries, cakes, puddings, ice cream, rich sauces, gravies, jam, sugary soft drinks, sweets, sugar and jelly but not any foods falling within any other group.

  The regulations then define the food that must be made available in specific categories of schools:

Nutritional requirements for children who attend nursery schools or nursery units in primary schools

  Food from each of the groups A, B, C and D must be available every day

Nutritional requirements for pupils at primary schools

  Food from each of the groups A, B, C and D must be available every day so that:

Within group A,

    —  Fresh fruit, fruit tinned in juice, or fruit salad is available every day;

    —  A fruit based dessert is available at least twice in any week;

    —  A type of vegetable (which does not fall into group B) is available every day.

Within group B, fat or oil must not be used in the cooking process on more than three days a week;

Within group C,

    —  Fish must be available at least one day a week;

    —  Red meat must be available at least two days a week;

    —  Sources of protein can include dairy sources of protein.

Nutritional requirements for pupils at secondary schools

  Two types of food from each of groups A, B, C and D must be available every day so that:

Within group A, both a fruit and a vegetable is available;

Within group B, on every day that a food cooked in fat or oil is available, a food not cooked in fat or oil must also be available;

Within group C,

    —  Fish must be available at least two days a week;

    —  Red meat must be available at least three days a week.

Nutritional requirements for pupils at community and foundation special schools

  In these schools either the requirements for primary schools or secondary schools can be adopted.

Department for Education and Employment

May 2001


 
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