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Special Educational Needs

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children received a statement of special educational needs in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England in the last year. [9999]

Mr. Timms: The numbers of children for whom statements were newly made in 1999 in Nottinghamshire LEA and England were 121 and 37,077 respectively.

Information for the calendar year 2000 will be available in the Statistical Bulletin "Special Educational Needs in England: January 2001" due to be published in November 2001.

School Sports

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action is being taken to increase the level of (a) curricular and (b) extra curricular sports activities in schools. [9028]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 23 October 2001]: The White Paper: "Schools: achieving success" sets out our commitment to physical education and school sport. We have pledged that all children will be entitled to two hours of high quality PE and school sport, within and beyond >the curriculum. To help deliver this, we have 333 School Sport Co-ordinators (of a total of 1,000) in place who are working to increase the quality and quantity of after-school sport and inter-school competition in their areas and to enhance links between the schools and their communities. £150 million has been committed to rebuild primary school sports and arts facilities, and a further £581 million will be used to improve both primary and secondary schools sports facilities in every local education authority.

Sport is the most popular after-school activity among pupils at Key Stages 2 and 3 (over a third of pupils involved at KS2, a quarter at KS3), and the second most frequent at Key Stage 4. £160 million is available through the New Opportunities Fund and nearly £70 million through the Standards Fund this year for study support projects, with a further £75 million available in 2002–03.

We are looking at ways in which we can build on these initiatives to increase the support we give to PE and school sport within and outside the curriculum.

Emergency Contraception

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her written answer of 16 October 2001, Official Report, column 1188W, on the morning- after pill, (a) how many times school nurses have issued emergency contraception and (b) how many girls have been given emergency contraception by school nurses, broken down by the age of the girl. [9924]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is not held centrally.

Blenheim High School

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the discussions that have taken place between Department officials, Surrey county council and Blenheim high school in Epsom about funding the future expansion of the school. [8830]

Mr. Timms: Following the decision to end grant maintained status, and after consultation with external partners, transitional regulations were put in place to fund capital work at grant maintained schools where obligations had been entered into or decisions taken by the Funding Agency for Schools or the Secretary of State before 1 September 1999. These transitional regulations enabled the Department to meet outstanding commitments for capital funding approved before this date.

Officials visited Blenheim high school in Epsom with a representative from Surrey local education authority on 1 August 2001. It was agreed that any shortfall in accommodation needed to implement the proposals published by the Funding Agency for Schools for the establishment of the school could be funded under the transitional regulations. Surrey local education authority has now provided details of its view of the shortfall and a proposal to address this. The proposal is currently being considered by the Department.

In addition to the possible shortfall in funding by the Funding Agency for Schools, proposed further future expansion of the school is the subject of an application for additional places made by Surrey local education >authority in the current schools capital allocation round. Decisions will be announced by the Department in December 2001.

Teachers (Disabilities)

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers with disabilities have entered the profession in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [8839]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is not held centrally.

School Bus Travel

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has for the introduction of (a) free school bus travel and (b) school busing. [8422]

Mr. Timms: Approximately 800,000 pupils in England receive free transport to and from school every day; that is virtually 100 per cent. take up by those entitled. This is provided by local education authorities either contracting dedicated school buses, or by providing pupils with travel passes that enable them to use scheduled public transport.

Free transport is always necessary for a pupil of compulsory school age who attends the nearest suitable school if it is beyond statutory walking distance. Statutory walking distances are two miles for pupils aged under eight and three miles for those aged eight and over. LEAs may help in other cases if they wish, but it is for each authority to decide whether or not to do so.

These arrangements have been in place for many years and we have no plans to change them.

School Counselling Services

Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is provided for head teachers and school governors on the provision of counselling services based in schools. [8104]

Mr. Timms: We very much recognise the benefit of counselling for pupils facing specific difficulties, although we have not issued guidance to head teachers and governors on the provision of counselling services in schools. Schools can contact their local education authority for information about local services.

The Department's latest guidance on mental health mentioned school-based counselling, and highlighting the importance of pupils' emotional well-being is a key aspect of the national healthy school standard. In addition, learning mentors and Connexions personal advisers in schools look at young people's concerns, work with them to identify solutions, and where necessary access specialist help to allow them to overcome barriers to learning.

We recognise that recent international events may have caused pupils to become anxious or frightened. We are currently finalising new guidance which will advise schools to look for signs of stress or unease in children and, where appropriate, arrange counselling with a suitably qualified person. >

Teachers (Maintained Schools)

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of teachers in maintained schools who left their employment at a school during the course of each of the last four academic years. [7262]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 15 October 2001]: Teachers who left service in the maintained schools sector in England are as follows:

Leavers in the year prior to:
March 1997March 1998March 1999(7)March 2000
Left service for reasons other than retirement18,90022,60023,70026,200
Total leavers35,70039,20031,70035,000

(7) Provisional

The most recent data available are for March 2000.

Some teachers who left service will return after a career break.

Refurbishment Projects

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) building and (b) refurbishment >projects are planned by her Department in (i) the current year and (ii) the next financial year; and what the costs will be of each project. [6597]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Two of the non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) sponsored by the Department, namely the Learning and Skills Council and the National College of School Leadership, are involved in new building projects and the expected cost of each over the next two years is as follows:

Departmental Properties

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by her Department, including and distinguishing between the Department itself, its next step agencies and its non-departmental public bodies, differentiating between purchases made as a result of the creation of new bodies and those purchases made by established bodies. [7812]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The number, value and location of properties newly leased by the Department in the last five years are listed in the following table: >

YearNo.Value (£)LocationDepartmental/non-departmental public bodiesReason for purchase (creation of new bodies/by established bodies)
1998–991113,594.00OxfordTraining Standards CouncilNew
Total 113,594.00
73,493.00LondonGeneral Teaching CouncilNew
203,650.00ManchesterDisability Rights CommissionNew
63,280.00EdinburghDisability Rights CommissionNew
100,000.00GlasgowStudent Loans Company LtdNew
2,200,000.00LondonQualifications and Curriculum AuthorityNew
2000–0150223,272.00BirminghamGeneral Teaching CouncilNew
43,816.00CardiffDisability Rights CommissionNew
47,684.00CoventryAdult Learning InspectorateNew
100,829.00NottinghamNational Council for Schools LeadershipNew
102,000.00BedfordLearning and Skills CouncilNew
185,000.00BirminghamLearning and Skills CouncilNew
143,650.00BournemouthLearning and Skills CouncilNew
131,698.00PeterboroughLearning and Skills CouncilNew
125,000.00MiddlewichLearning and Skills CouncilNew
157,208.00CoventryLearning and Skills CouncilNew
49,900.00WorkingtonLearning and Skills CouncilNew
125,000.00DerbyLearning and Skills CouncilNew
165,000.00PlymouthLearning and Skills CouncilNew
50,400.00TruroLearning and Skills CouncilNew
288,276.00ChelmsfordLearning and Skills CouncilNew
149,490.00GloucesterLearning and Skills CouncilNew
340,000.00ManchesterLearning and Skills CouncilNew
220,000.00LiverpoolLearning and Skills CouncilNew
123,675.00FarehamLearning and Skills CouncilNew
60,192.00Newport, IOWLearning and Skills CouncilNew
760,000.00St. AlbansLearning and Skills CouncilNew
155,000.00HullLearning and Skills CouncilNew
401,875.00West MallingLearning and Skills CouncilNew
170,000.00PrestonLearning and Skills CouncilNew
170,885.00LeicesterLearning and Skills CouncilNew
68,500.00LincolnLearning and Skills CouncilNew
334,000.00London, CamdenLearning and Skills CouncilNew
320,000.00London, StratfordLearning and Skills CouncilNew
292,110.00London, Palmers GreenLearning and Skills CouncilNew
254,400.00London, CroydenLearning and Skills CouncilNew
389,356.00London, HounslowLearning and Skills CouncilNew
202,000.00AbingdonLearning and Skills CouncilNew
261,000.00NorwichLearning and Skills CouncilNew
132,250.00YorkLearning and Skills CouncilNew
51,600.00CramlingtonLearning and Skills CouncilNew
143,750.00NottinghamLearning and Skills CouncilNew
61,040.00TelfordLearning and Skills CouncilNew
219,779.00SheffieldLearning and Skills CouncilNew
120,000.00Stoke on TrentLearning and Skills CouncilNew
88,685.00IpswichLearning and Skills CouncilNew
198,416.00WokingLearning and Skills CouncilNew
293,500.00BrightonLearning and Skills CouncilNew
116,500.00MiddlesboroughLearning and Skills CouncilNew
106,005.00Oldbury, W MidsLearning and Skills CouncilNew
175,590.00GatesheadLearning and Skills CouncilNew
260,760.00BristolLearning and Skills CouncilNew
395,000.00BradfordLearning and Skills CouncilNew
180,310.00SwindonLearning and Skills CouncilNew
474,895.00ReadingLearning and Skills CouncilNew
85,500.00Newton AycliffeLearning and Skills CouncilNew
Total 9,714,796.00

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