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Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications were received; how many applicants were accepted; how many applicants commenced training; and how many have failed to complete training in each of the years since the establishment of the fast-track teacher recruitment scheme. 
Mr. Timms: The first round of recruitment to the Fast Track Teaching Programme was completed in Spring 2001. Over 40,000 inquiries were received by phone and internet; 1,574 applications were received; 135 places were offered to successful applicants; 111 chose to take up their places in September 2001 and a further nine deferred their places for a year. Three have withdrawn since the beginning of the academic year.
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teacher training programmes through the Graduate Teacher Training Register; what was the total additional resource allocation for this purpose; and if she will make a statement; 
Mr. Timms: There were 1,574 applicants to the Fast-Track Teaching programme in the first round. Details of 677 unsuccessful applicants were passed on to the Graduate Teacher Training Register (GTTR); of whom 105 secured places on other post-graduate teacher training programmes in 200102. The cost of processing these candidates through GTTR was £12,186 and was borne by the Teacher Training Agency.
|Number of new entrants|
The Graduate Teacher Programme started in January 1998. The figures exclude overseas trained teachers.
Teacher Training Agency
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications were received by the Graduate Teacher Training Register for postgraduate teacher training for the year 200102; how many applications were successful; how many applicants commenced training; and what was the cost per student of placing them on a graduate teacher training register scheme. 
Mr. Timms: The Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) received a total of 37,963 1 applications, for postgraduate initial teacher training courses starting in 200102 in England. Of those, 20,041 2 were accepted. The Teacher Training Agency's Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Trainees Numbers Census recorded a total of 21,140 3 new entrants on postgraduate ITT courses in England, for 200102. Not all entrants to postgraduate ITT courses apply through the GTTR.
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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidelines she sets for the maximum level of background road noise in (a) classrooms and (b) classrooms in schools with special needs. 
Estelle Morris: As announced in the Queen's Speech, the Government intend to introduce an Education Bill during this Parliamentary session, in order to implement the White Paper "Schoolsachieving success". The Bill is in preparation and will include amendments to a number of Education Acts, including the School Standards and Framework Act.
Mr. Timms: The information is not readily available. Participants in the Graduate Teacher Programme may work in more than one school during their training in order to enhance the range of experience that they gain.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she gives on school admissions arrangements that require children and their families to have practised a specified religion. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 16 November 2001]: Admission authorities for schools determine their own admission arrangements, which must comply with all relevant legislation and have regard to guidance in the Code of Practice on School Admissions, which was approved by Parliament.
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Schools supported by religious foundations have generally been set up on trust deeds, which require them to serve their faith adherents. Their governing bodies must conduct the school in accordance with the terms of the trust deed, providing this does not conflict with general legislation.
Such schools may give priority for admission to members of their particular faith or denomination. Where they do, their admission arrangements should make clear whether a statement of religious affiliation or commitment would be sufficient; whether it is to be "tested" for admission purposes and if so, how; and what, if any, references would be required and how they will be used.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in maintained schools in each local education authority area at the beginning of the current school term. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 16 November 2001]: The information is not available for September 2001. Full-time teacher vacancies in the maintained schools sector in January 2001 in England were as follows:
|Teacher vacancies||Vacancy rate (%)|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||19||0.9|
|Redcar and Cleveland||18||1.5|
|Stockton on Tees||15||0.9|
|Blackburn with Darwen||19||1.6|
|Kingston-upon-Hull, City of||8||0.4|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||6||0.3|
|North East Lincolnshire||20||1.6|
|Telford and Wrekin||5||0.4|
|City of London||0||0.0|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||49||5.9|
|Kensington and Chelsea||36||6.6|
|Barking and Dagenham||24||1.7|
|Kingston upon Thames||23||2.5|
|Richmond upon Thames||30||3.5|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||34||3.9|
|Brighton and Hove||17||1.1|
|Isle of Wight||7||0.7|
|Isles of Scilly||0||0.0|
|Bath and North East Somerset||9||0.7|
|City of Bristol||25||1.0|
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