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Out-of-school Schemes

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the Government's strategy to develop out of school and holiday schemes for 11 to 14-year-old children. [20493]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government have recognised that out-of-school-hours learning activities play a key role in developing young people and raising their attainment. "Extending Opportunity: a national framework for study support", published in 1998, set out our vision for providing more opportunities for older primary and secondary pupils to enrich their learning through out-of-school-hours learning activities. Since then £160 million has been made available through the New Opportunities Fund, including £25 million specifically for summer schools. In addition, the Department's Standards Fund has provided nearly £75 million for study support programmes this year.

The National Childcare Strategy was established to promote childcare for children aged 0–14 and for children up to age 16 with special needs. Between 1999 and 2004, £225.5 million is being made available from the New Opportunities Fund to help create new out-of-school- hours child care in England, including breakfast, after school and holiday schemes. This can benefit all children in education, including 11 to 14-year-olds. Since 1997, through the New Opportunities Fund support and other Government support, nearly 275,000 new child care places have been set up for the 3 to 14 age range.

Higher Education Staff

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of higher education lecturing staff are on non-permanent contracts. [21269]

Margaret Hodge: The latest available information is shown in the following table.

Academic lecturing staff(25) in UK HE institutions 1999–2000

Full-time Part-time Total
Terms of employmentNumberPercentageNumberPercentageNumberPercentage
Permanent66,520804,8702971,39072
Fixed term contract16,380208,3505024,73025
Hourly paid/casual staff1003,390203,4003
Other60012011800
Total82,97010016,73010099,700100

(25) Covers staff whose primary employment function is either teaching or teaching/research. Staff whose primary employment function is research are not included

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency's Staff Record. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10 and percentages to the nearest whole number


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Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average turnover has been of teaching staff in higher education institutions in each year since 1997. [21271]

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Margaret Hodge: The available information is shown in the following table.

Turnover of full-time and part-time academic lecturing staff(26) in UK HR institutions

Academic year Average
1997–981998–991999–20001997–2000
Total staff(27)90,25092,17094,36092,260
Inflow(28)7,9408,6708,5108,370
Outflow(28)7,1407,1207,0607,110
Total turnover(29)15,08015,79015,57015,480
Turnover as percentage of total staff16.717.116.516.8

(26) Includes staff whose primary employment function is teaching or teaching/research. Staff whose primary employment function is research are not included

(27) As at 31 July

(28) Includes entrants from, and leavers to, other (non HE) educational institutions, the public and private sectors, and overseas. Staff who move between other HE institutions in the UK are not included

(29) Total of inflow and outflow

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency's Staff Record. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10


Astra Group Pension Scheme

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what actuarial assessment has been made of the shortfall in the Astra Group pension scheme; and if she will make a statement. [21416]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The latest actuarial valuation of the Astra Group Pension Scheme was by William M Mercer in April 2001. My understanding is that it showed that at the due date of valuation of 30 April 2000, had the winding-up of the scheme been completed, it would have been in deficit by £10.72 million. However, the completion of the winding-up is still some time away and only when this process is complete will the extent of any deficit be known. This matter is entirely in the hands of Astra's administrators. The actuary (William M Mercer) has recommended that the next actuarial valuation be carried out with an effective date no later than 30 April 2003.

Special Educational Needs

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she collates on the educational attainments of young people with disabilities and special educational needs compared with their peer group, with particular reference to (a) qualifications attained and (b) access to higher education. [20952]

Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 6 December 2001]: The primary source of information on the activities and attainment of young people in the years immediately after completing compulsory education is the Youth Cohort Study (YCS). A question designed to identify those with a current long-term disability or health problem as defined under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 was introduced in the 1998 YCS surveys. Questions on Special Educational Needs (SENs) were included in the most recent survey of 16-year-olds in 2000.

Key results from the YCS are published in Statistical First Releases (SFRs). The tables include information on attainment and participation in higher education for those with and without a long-term disability or health problem. DfES SFRs are available in the House of Commons Library and on the DfES website at http://www.dfes.gov.uk/ statistics/DB/SFR/.

In response to the call for more information in the 1997 Green Paper "Excellence for all children: meeting special educational needs" the Department has commissioned a longitudinal piece of research about the experiences of young people with SEN once they have left school.

The study looks at the experiences, achievements, and attitudes of young people with SEN during their transition from secondary education to early adult life. It aims to identify barriers to further education, training, employment and independent living.

Post-16 Learning

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list for each local education authority (a) the sum spent on post-16 education in 2000–01, (b) the sum budgeted for post-16 education in the current year and (c) the sum top-sliced from the SSA in 2002–03 for post-16 education. [21725]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 10 December 2001]: The following table lists for each local education authority (a) estimated spend on post-16 education in 2000–01, consisting of the amount for each school with a sixth form which was used as the baseline for calculation of the Real Terms Guarantee, and an estimate of each authority's spend on post-16 Special Educational Needs; and (c) the provisional deduction from each local education authority's post-16 SSA for 2002–03, which each authority will receive back from the Learning and Skills Council in grant for post-16 provision. Estimated budgets for post-16 for each LEA for 2001–02 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

£ million

LEA(a) Estimated spend 2000–01(c) LSC allocation 2002–03
City of London0.0050.006
Camden9.78911.188
Greenwich7.1738.521
Hackney1.8492.095
Hammersmith and Fulham4.8635.491
Islington1.8791.839
Kensington and Chelsea2.9963.248
Lambeth1.6241.947
Lewisham4.9945.193
Southwark1.2501.866
Tower Hamlets4.9126.039
Wandsworth7.0008.252
Westminster4.8466.020
Barking and Dagenham5.2295.967
Barnet14.44816.589
Bexley7.0058.375
Brent9.34711.170
Bromley13.50516.116
Croydon3.4483.961
Ealing7.5089.925
Enfield11.37713.172
Haringey5.5645.742
Harrow0.4900.520
Havering3.6654.276
Hillingdon9.89211.944
Hounslow9.77311.589
Kingston upon Thames5.3996.730
Merton1.8972.682
Newham2.0242.765
Redbridge14.59416.135
Richmond upon Thames0.2710.287
Sutton7.96610.092
Waltham Forest2.8663.628
Birmingham25.90530.486
Coventry8.80211.831
Dudley1.5081.995
Sandwell3.7104.625
Solihull2.7082.871
Walsall9.02811.702
Wolverhampton7.2779.099
Knowsley1.6911.787
Liverpool16.81519.372
St. Helens4.0004.413
Sefton7.7009.012
Wirral10.27512.818
Bolton5.0665.781
Bury0.5140.545
Manchester3.3693.737
Oldham3.4594.004
Rochdale3.5423.874
Salford0.6150.653
Stockport0.4740.503
Tameside1.1081.360
Trafford5.7086.469
Wigan 2.3072.605
Barnsley 1.0491.217
Doncaster 9.09811.155
Rotherham 5.7567.017
Sheffield6.1788.378
Bradford16.67820.827
Calderdale5.6417.971
Kirklees5.6567.256
Leeds18.99721.509
Wakefield 4.3915.436
Gateshead5.0355.633
Newcastle upon Tyne7.4419.121
North Tyneside4.8416.146
South Tyneside1.2611.427
Sunderland3.2524.728
Isles of Scilly0.0000.000
Bath and North East Somerset5.5366.397
Bristol, City of4.5775.435
North Somerset4.8875.704
South Gloucestershire7.0059.148
Hartlepool 1.1061.466
Middlesbrough0.3230.344
Redcar and Cleveland0.4710.498
Stockton-on-Tees 1.8641.987
Kingston upon Hull, City of0.9021.109
East Riding of Yorkshire 9.53912.183
North East Lincolnshire 1.4191.664
North Lincolnshire 0.9031.055
North Yorkshire 18.36321.637
York3.2604.078
Bedfordshire14.78217.995
Luton0.7250.894
Buckinghamshire20.64823.678
Milton Keynes 7.7888.891
Derbyshire 16.02019.485
Derby 3.7625.039
Dorset11.60014.238
Poole4.3305.312
Bournemouth3.5054.181
Durham10.33712.320
Darlington0.7481.007
East Sussex9.0319.872
Brighton and Hove3.7394.122
Hampshire7.6048.245
Portsmouth0.0000.230
Southampton0.7230.674
Leicestershire21.38826.023
Leicester3.6113.955
Rutland0.0000.065
Staffordshire21.10226.819
Stoke-on-Trent1.2541.800
Wiltshire10.93412.910
Swindon1.6541.640
Bracknell Forest2.9483.192
Windsor and Maidenhead4.4605.120
West Berkshire5.9327.450
Reading3.0833.746
Slough3.8454.385
Wokingham5.2635.972
Cambridgeshire8.93110.414
Peterborough7.5438.376
Cheshire19.27822.764
Halton1.8731.769
Warrington4.2035.113
Devon14.47117.098
Plymouth10.32011.507
Torbay4.0425.384
Essex30.07935.289
Southend-on-Sea5.1906.491
Thurrock0.0000.232
Herefordshire1.3461.579
Worcestershire12.23816.077
Kent49.63056.891
Medway9.61411.284
Lancashire15.63919.250
Blackburn with Darwen1.3381.520
Blackpool0.7980.798
Nottinghamshire19.49223.494
Nottingham2.2102.776
Shropshire4.3774.851
Telford and Wrekin1.4521.649
Cornwall9.28311.413
Cumbria14.46717.697
Gloucestershire15.30219.646
Hertfordshire37.93947.742
Isle of Wight4.7395.615
Lincolnshire18.55322.222
Norfolk16.63220.702
Northamptonshire18.62322.292
Northumberland12.69115.781
Oxfordshire13.79617.319
Somerset5.8816.790
Suffolk19.63824.194
Surrey21.97024.793
Warwickshire12.22114.257
West Sussex16.24718.231
Total1,133.3201,356.000

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