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Mr. Timms [holding answer 4 July 2001]: The Government are currently undertaking a review of local government funding. As part of that wider review we have set up two working groups, with local government and schools partners, to develop proposals for a new LEA and school funding system. We aim to create a simpler and more transparent formula for distributing education funding to authorities that reflects fairly, on the basis of up to date evidence, the needs of authorities in different parts of the country.
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Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 3 July 2001]: The education maintenance allowance pilots now cover around 30 per cent. of the country and have reached over 80,000 young people. An extensive three-year evaluation programme is under way, with both quantitative and qualitative research, including interviews with 20,000 young people. We published the first evaluation reports in March.
Results from the first year of the pilot have shown an increased participation among the target group of 5 percentage points. Early anecdotal evidence suggests that the young people who receive an EMA appreciate the independence this affords them and they benefit from the experience of managing their own money.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people were employed in (a) 1999 and (b) 2000 to mark A-level papers; and how many people have been employed this year to mark (i) AS-levels and (ii) A-levels. 
2001 is a special year, as it is the last year for the old style A-levels and the first year for the new AS examinations. This transitional situation is reflected in an increase in the number of examiners recruited, the total comprising 7,000 for A-levels and 7,000 for AS-levels.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Funding to support drug, alcohol and tobacco education will rise from £14.5 million in 200102 to £15.5 million in 200203 and £17.5 million in 200304. This funding will improve the quality and coverage of drug education programmes in schools, provide funding for every school to have access to an LEA drug adviser and will fund drug education training for teachers and Connexions advisers. In addition to this specific funding, schools will receive £15 million in 200102 to support personal, social and health education and citizenship, which they can choose to spend on programmes to tackle drug misuse.
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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason newly qualified teachers (a) who trained and qualified in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and (b) from countries within the European Economic Area are allowed to teach in maintained schools in England without having to sit the national numeracy test. 
Mr. Timms: The requirements for achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not include passing a national numeracy test. That is a matter for the devolved Administrations of those countries to decide.
Teachers who are nationals of other countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) are entitled to be awarded QTS in this country on the basis of teaching qualification status recognised elsewhere in the EEA. Similarly, those teachers would not have to pass a numeracy test to teach in this country.
Mr. Timms: The National Curriculum for Physical Education has an aspiration that all pupils should receive two hours of physical activity a week. Officials are considering with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport how we could assist schools in delivering a two-hour entitlement to all children, as set out by the Prime Minister on 11 January this year. This commitment was included in our Green Paper, "Building on Success". We are also consulting with Ofsted, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, PE associations and teachers. The QCA have published examples of best practice on their
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website, from schools that are already providing two hours or more PE and school sport. School sports co-ordinators, of which there will be 1,000 by 2004, are already working with families of schools linked to specialist sports colleges to help schools meet this entitlement.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions Ministers from her Department have had with the adjudicator in connection with the timing of the announcement about closing Bownham Park School, Stroud; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 4 July 2001]: Ministers from this Department have had no discussions with the adjudicator in connection with the timing of the announcement about closing Bownham Park School. Ministers were informed on 6 June that the Office of the Schools Adjudicator would be announcing its decision on 8 June. The Office of the Schools Adjudicator is independent of the Department and Ministers have no role to play in what decision the adjudicator makes on a particular proposal.
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 2 July 2001, Official Report, column 36W, on community languages, if she will list those specialist language colleges which offer (a) Urdu, (b) Bengali, (c) Gujarati, (d) Hindi and (e) Chinese. 
Mr. Timms: I understand that of the 99 specialist language colleges in operation as of September 2000, 46 offer one or more of the languages in question to an accredited level: Urdu (17), Bengali (10), Gujarati (7), Hindi (1) and Chinese (31). The names of the 46 schools are given in the following table.
|3||Bishop Heber county high school||Cheshire||||||||||Yes|
|5||Bullers Wood school||London borough of Bromley||||||||||Yes|
|6||Chatham grammar school for boys||Medway||||||||||Yes|
|7||Clevedon community school||North Somerset||||||||||Yes|
|8||Cranford community high school||London borough of Hounslow||Yes||||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|10||Dartford grammar school||Kent||||Yes||Yes|||||
|11||Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school||London borough of Islington||||Yes|||||||
|12||Gosforth high school||Newcastle upon Tyne||Yes|||||||||
|14||Hele's school||City of Plymouth||||||||||Yes|
|15||Hockerill Anglo-European school||Hertfordshire||||||||||Yes|
|17||Ian Ramsey CE school||Stockton on Tees||Yes|||||||||
|18||Judgemeadow community college||City of Leicester||||||Yes|||||
|19||Katharine Lady Berkeleys school||Gloucester||||||||||Yes|
|20||King Edward VII school||Sheffield||Yes|||||||||
|21||Kingsthorpe community school||Northamptonshire||Yes||Yes||Yes||||Yes|
|22||Levenshulme high school||Manchester||Yes||Yes||||||Yes|
|23||Little Lever school||Bolton||Yes||||||||Yes|
|24||Lord Grey school||Milton Keynes||Yes||||||||Yes|
|25||Lymm high school||Warrington||||||||||Yes|
|26||Millais school||West Sussex||||||||||Yes|
|27||Monkseaton community high school||North Tyneside||||Yes||||||Yes|
|28||Montgomery high school||Blackpool||||||||||Yes|
|30||Northgate high school||Suffolk||||Yes|||||||
|31||Oulder Hill community school||Rochdale||Yes|||||||||
|32||Prince Henrys grammar school||Leeds||||||||||Yes|
|33||Queen Mary's high school||Walsall||Yes||Yes||Yes|||||
|34||Royal grammar school||Buckinghamshire||||||||||Yes|
|35||Shireland language school||Sandwell||Yes||||||||Yes|
|36||Sir Thomas Rich's school||Gloucestershire||||||Yes|||||
|37||St. Edward's college||Liverpool||||||||||Yes|
|39||The Harwich school||Essex||||||||||Yes|
|40||The Holy Family school||Bradford||Yes|||||||||
|41||The John Bentley school||Wiltshire||||||||||Yes|
|42||The Sir John Cass's Foundation and Red Coat CE school||Tower Hamlet||Yes||Yes||||||Yes|
|43||Tile Hill Wood school||Coventry||Yes|||||||||
|44||William Ellis school||London borough of Camden||||Yes||||||Yes|
|45||Wolverhampton Girls' high school||Wolverhampton||||||Yes||||Yes|
|46||Woodbridge high school||Redbridge||Yes||||||||Yes|
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