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Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils with special educational needs attended or are attending special schools in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c)1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999, (f) 2000 and (g) 2001. 
|Position in January each year||Maintained special schools||Non-maintained special schools|
(8) The number of pupils with statements expressed as a percentage of the number of pupils with statements in all schools.
(9) Estimates have been made for January 2001 because the data for SEN are known to be incomplete.
Annual Schools' Census
Under arrangements introduced in the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, decisions on statutory proposals for the reorganisation of special schools are now a matter for each local education authority's school organisation committee. However, the Department often does receive representations from schools, parents and others when local education authorities are considering special school reorganisations.
Mr. Timms [holding answer 19 October 2001]: The number of full-time qualified regular teachers in the maintained schools sector in England increased by 3,650 between January 1997 and January 2001. Full-time and part-time qualified regular teachers rose by 8,310 (fte) during the same period.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the Government will provide additional financial support to Surrey county council to help it to tackle teacher shortages. 
Mr. Timms: The Government have put in place a £33 million recruitment and retention fund to help schools to put in place local recruitment and retention initiatives. In 200001, Surrey received £650,000 from the recruitment and retention fund. We are currently working on the allocation of funding for 200203 and will make an announcement in due course. >
Responses to a sample survey of schools conducted by my Department in September 2001 indicated that there were about 2,000 vacancies in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in England, the comparable January figure was 4,700.
Mr. Timms [holding answer 19 October 2001]: There were about 1,000 (0.6 per cent.) full-time teacher vacancies in maintained nursery and primary schools, and about 1,000 (0.6 per cent.) in maintained secondary schools in England in early September 2001.
These figures were obtained from a telephone survey of nearly 1,500 schools conducted by DfES. Teacher vacancies are measured using the standard DfES definition, which excludes posts filled by a full-time teacher on a contract of one term or more.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children attending (a) language, (b) sports, (c) technology and (d) arts specialist schools have SEN statements. 
|Schools designated as specialist as at September 2001|
|Language specialist schools||1.7|
|Sports specialist schools||3.0|
|Technology specialist schools||2.6|
|Arts specialist schools||2.6|
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many classroom assistants are employed in primary schools in England and Wales; and what proportion have formal qualifications. 
Mr. Timms: In January 2001 there were 63,176 full- time equivalent teaching assistants employed in maintained primary schools in England. Information on formal qualifications of teaching assistants is not collected centrally.
Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the average amount of funding per student received by (a) specialist schools and (b) community schools, in the current academic year. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 19 October 2001]: Information about funding of pupils is not collected separately for specialist and community schools. Specialist schools receive additional grant of £123 per pupil per year up to 1,000 pupils and for pupil numbers above 1,200. >
Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will publish an analysis of findings from the Government's pilot programmes of catch-up provision and summer schools; 
(3) what percentage of children who took part in the Government's pilot programmes of catch-up provision achieved level 4 in key stage 2 tests at the end of the programme; 
(4) what assessment she has made of the findings of the pilot programmes of catch-up provision for those children who do not achieve level 4 at key stage 2. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 19 October 2001]: All 205 pilot schools used the year 7 progress tests in English and mathematics this year. Our initial analysis confirms that there is still further work to do with children who need additional help: 29 per cent. of eligible pupils who sat the test attained level 4 in English, and 11 per cent. in mathematics.
We are looking in more detail at the results of the pilot schools. We will also have Ofsted's report on the first year of the key stage 3 pilot in November. On the basis of these findings, we will be in a position to decide what, if any, changes should be made to the strategy.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many advanced skills teachers are working in primary, secondary and special schools, or are centrally employed broken down by subject. 
|Modern foreign languages||(10)||30||(10)||30|
|Design and technology||(10)||30||(10)||30|
|Special Educational Needs||10||10||10||20|
|Personal, Social and Health Education||(10)||(10)||(10)||10|
|Other and combined subjects||50||50||10||110|
|No subject specialism recorded||10||20||(10)||30|
(10) Less than five
1. Totals may not appear to equal the sum of their component parts due to rounding
2. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10
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