Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 23 April 2002]: Section 14 of the Education Act 1996 (the 1996 Act) sets out the duty of the local education authority (LEA) to provide sufficient primary and secondary schools for its area. Schools must be sufficient in number, character and equipment to provide education for all pupils, suitable to their age, ability and aptitude and the different periods for which they may remain at school, including appropriate practical instruction and training.
30 Apr 2002 : Column 637W
In exercising its functions under section 14, an LEA must have regard to the need to provide primary and secondary education in different schools, the need to secure special educational provision for pupils with special educational needs, and the expediency of securing boarding provision where necessary.
Students may take more than one qualification and complete a proportion of them, so the completion rate is calculated on the basis of qualifications. The figures relate to qualifications due for completion in these years in further education colleges in England.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make a statement on the criteria that were used to decide on the recent allocations of PFI/PPP to local authorities; 
John Healey [holding answer 26 April 2002]: The Department issued guidance to all local education authorities on 31 July 2001 setting out the criteria against which all bids for capital allocations, including PFI credits, would be assessed. Paragraph 2.5.12 of that guidance sets out in some detail the specific criteria for PFI bids.
Gloucestershire local education authority submitted a bid for PFI funding in the recent round to replace three secondary schools. A meeting has been arranged between local authority officers and a senior official from the Schools Private Finance Team on 26 April 2002, at which debriefing on the unsuccessful bid will be given.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills by what means she will ensure that the additional payments to primary and secondary schools, referred to in the Chancellor's Budget, reach the schools. 
30 Apr 2002 : Column 638W
John Healey: All the direct funding for schools of which the Chancellor gave examples in his recent Budget speech goes to schools. It is for schools themselves to decide how this money is used within the context of standard guidance.
The Chancellor announced additional capital funding of £85 million for schools and colleges in England in 200203, which will be delivered to schools as an additional allocation of the existing New Deal for Schools devolved formula capital programme. This money is allocated by formula with a fixed amount per school plus a fixed amount per pupil. It is channelled through local education authorities, which must allocate it to schools using the standard national formula, and may not retain any part of the grant. Schools can hold this grant in their own suitable bank accounts, on request.
The Chancellor also included school standards grant in his examples of what typical schools will receive in 200203. This recurrent funding is again passported to schools through local education authorities, which must pass on 100 per cent. of the grant. Schools can use this grant for their priorities to improve educational attainment.
Mr. Timms: The total teachers' pay bill for the financial year 200102 was £13,585 million and covered 421,300 qualified and unqualified full-time equivalent teachers in maintained schools in England. My Department does not record the cost of salaries of non-teaching staff in schools.
Mr. Hurst: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average annual salary is for (a) a newly qualified teacher in mainstream secondary schools in England and (b) a newly qualified lecturer in colleges and further education in England. 
30 Apr 2002 : Column 639W
|Number of available places
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment her Department has made of the value to teachers (a) in further education colleges and (b) in schools with sixth forms of this year's pay proposals. 
Mr. Timms: Sixth form teachers in schools have received a pay award of 3.5 per cent. with effect from 1 April, together with a new allowance of £33 in respect of the cost of the fee payable to the General Teaching Councils for England or Wales. Teachers below the maximum of the main pay scale may also receive assimilation increases when the scale is shortened from nine to six points on 1 September. The 200203 pay negotiations between the Association of Colleges and representative further education unions started on 16 April and are currently ongoing. I am unable to make an assessment of the value to further education teachers and lecturers at this time.
Mr. Timms: We are taking action together with the School Teachers' Review Body and the school teacher employers and unions to address the problem of teacher workload; and pay for a good experienced classroom teacher who has passed the performance threshold has increased by nearly 30 per cent. since 1997. We take very seriously the need to raise the status and morale of the teaching profession. The assessment of further education staff morale is a matter for further education colleges, as independent employers, to address in consultation with the relevant unions, just as the terms and conditions for staff are a matter for colleges to determine in discussion with relevant unions. We acknowledge that colleges need help to ensure that they have the right arrangements to recruit, reward and retain excellent teachers. Over the period 200104, significant extra resources amounting to an additional £311 million have been made available to the further education sector to reward high calibre staff through our Teaching Pay Initiative.
30 Apr 2002 : Column 640W
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate her Department has made of the average number of hours per week worked by teachers in (a) further education colleges and (b) schools with sixth forms over the last 12 months. 
John Healey: Information about hours worked is collected for the School Teachers Review Body by the Office for Manpower Economics. The latest information relates to March 2000. It showed average weekly hours as follows:
|Average weekly hours
|Deputy head teachers
|Heads of department
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of average class sizes in (a) further education colleges and (b) schools with sixth forms. 
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on (a) pay scales for teachers and (b) the allocation of funds per A-level student in (i) further education colleges and (ii) secondary schools with sixth forms. 
Mr. Timms: Pay scales for schools teachers have increased by 3.5 per cent. with effect from 1 April, and a new allowance of £33 created in respect of the cost of the fee payable to the General Teaching Councils for England or Wales. The main pay scale now has nine points from £16,599 to £25,713. This will reduce to six points from £17,595 to £25,713 with effect from 1 September. The upper pay scale for post-threshold teachers has five points from £27,861 to £32,217. The pay spine for advanced skills teachers runs from £28,917 to £46,131. The pay spine for the leadership group runs from £30,531 to £85,671. Further education sector colleges are run by independent corporations established under the Further Education and Higher Education Act 1992 and there is no national pay structure in place. Colleges are free to establish pay scales that meet their needs and can be agreed with their staff. We continue to encourage employers and unions to work together to ensure that further education staff receive reasonable pay given the substantial extra funding that has been made available for the further education sector.
30 Apr 2002 : Column 641W
funding figure includes total public funding allocated for further education, while the schools' figure does not. It is based only on delegated funds and excludes other funding the school receives centrally from LEAs which impacts on post-16 students. The latest estimate of the average delegated funding per sixth form student in schools per year in England for 200102 is £3,330. The total funding per full-time equivalent student in further education sector colleges per year in England for 200102 is estimated to be £3,660.