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Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there are in England, broken down by LEA area; and in each case what the figure is expressed as a percentage of the establishment figure. 
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the proportion of students achieving (a) 1 and (b) 13 A-E grades at A-level was (i) nationally and (ii) at schools and colleges based in the Buckingham constituency in each year since 1997; and if she will provide breakdowns of those figures between (A) independent schools and colleges and (B) state schools and colleges. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Of the 17-year-old candidates who attempted at least one GCE A-level, the proportion who achieved (a) only 1 and (b) 13 passes at grade A to E in England and the Buckingham constituency since 1997 are shown in the table:
|1 only||13||4 or more|
|All schools and colleges||12.2||70.4||24.4|
|State schools and colleges||13.6||71.1||23.1|
|All schools and colleges||12.2||68.8||26.4|
|State schools and colleges||13.4||69.2||25.3|
|All schools and colleges||11.8||68.0||27.5|
|State schools and colleges||13.0||68.3||26.6|
|All schools and colleges||12.1||66.4||29.1|
|State schools and colleges||13.2||66.7||28.2|
|All schools and colleges||11.8||66.1||29.7|
|State schools and colleges||13.0||66.4||28.8|
|All schools and colleges||8.6||77.2||18.3|
|State schools and colleges||9.8||67.0||27.4|
|All schools and colleges||10.2||86.8||9.8|
|State schools and colleges||12.2||81.0||14.8|
|All schools and colleges||13.4||83.0||14.2|
|State schools and colleges||16.3||78.0||18.9|
|All schools and colleges||9.0||86.0||12.0|
|State schools and colleges||13.7||81.2||15.7|
|All schools and colleges||12.2||84.6||13.3|
|State schools and colleges||15.5||82.0||15.1|
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the proportion of school pupils achieving level 4 at Key Stage 2 in (a) English and (b) Maths was (i) nationally and (ii) from schools based in the Buckingham constituency in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Timms: The Department does not collect statistics on homework clubs in schools: setting these up is a matter for local decision. We do, however, encourage schools to provide opportunities for young people to enrich their learning through out-of-school-hours activities. "Extending Opportunity: a national framework for study support", published in 1998, set out the contribution homework clubs can make to a school's wider programme of out-of-school-hours learning activities. We also published Homework Guidelines, which require school homework policies to refer to any opportunities that exist for pupils to do homework, under supervision, at places other than home. The homework area on the Department's Standards website supplements the guidelines with examples of good practice and case studies.
Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has given to local education authorities about the funding of children educated at home; and if she will make a statement. 
As regards the former, local education authorities have to provide home-tuition in some circumstances to children of school compulsory age who by reason of illness, exclusion from school or otherwise are not receiving suitable education. Under the Financing of Maintained Schools Regulations 2001, LEAs are free to retain resources centrally for the education of those pupils who are educated otherwise than in a school. This may encompass those who are educated in a pupil referral unit, or at home. Guidance about transferring funding was issued in November 1999, entitled "School Inclusion: the LEA role in Pupil Support", supplement circular 11/99.
As regards the latter, there are no funds directly available from central Government and local education authorities are under no legal duty to provide financial support to parents who elect to home-educate their children. However, advice from the Department has been
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compiled in a fact sheet sent on request, and some LEAs do provide free national curriculum materials and other support to parents. The level and extent of such support is decided locally, based on the authority's own policies and the needs of the child.
Mr. Timms: All admission authorities for schools must consult annually over their proposed admission arrangements. After completion of this process, an admission authority may object to the independent schools adjudicator about another admission authority's determined arrangements. In considering any objection, the adjudicator must be mindful of whether the arrangements being objected to are lawful. Complaints about the lawfulness of admission arrangements may also be made to the Secretary of State who has powers, under section 497 of the Education Act 1996, to intervene if either a local education authority or governing body has acted, or is proposing to act, unlawfully.
Margaret Hodge: The Secretary of State and her ministerial colleagues have had a number of meetings in recent months with representatives of the Association of Colleges (AoC), NATFHE, the lecturers' union, and Unison, the public service union.
Discussion at these meetings covered a wide range of issues about the further education sector, including the teaching pay initiative and the funding made available to colleges to support lecturers' continuing professional development. These measures recognise the importance of attracting new staff to the profession and rewarding and retaining excellent teachers.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what budget has been allocated via the teaching pay initiative to (a) sixth form colleges and (b) general further education colleges for the financial years (i) 200102, (ii) 200203 and (iii) 200304; what criteria were used in allocating this budget; and if she will make it her policy to consolidate these budgets for future financial years. 
|Sixth form colleges||11||15||18|
|General FE colleges||54||90||117|
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relevant category that has been calculated in proportion to its main funding allocation from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Colleges have also been given indicative TPI allocations for 200203 and 200304 that provide 25 per cent. more funding in 200203 than in 200102 and a further 25 per cent. in 200304. These provide guaranteed minimum funding levels and precise amounts will be agreed with each college by the LSC.
It is for individual colleges, as independent organisations, to decide whether to consolidate TPI awards into pensionable pay. The three-year funding commitment that has already been made is designed partly
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to give confidence to colleges that they can consolidate TPI pay awards if they wish. Funding beyond 200304 will need to recognise that TPI arrangements represent on-going commitments for colleges and that increases awarded to teachers will not be removed.
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