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Dyslexic Teachers

Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many dyslexic teachers there are in English schools; and how many there are in each county; [76134]

Mr. Miliband: Responsibility for the employment of teachers in maintained schools in England rests with Local Education Authorities and school governing bodies. It is for employers to determine whether a prospective teacher is medically fit to carry out their duties in accordance with the Education (Teachers' Qualifications and Health Standards) (England) Regulations 1999, as amended. Information on the number of dyslexic teachers employed at schools in England is not collected centrally.

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Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills under what circumstances a school will have a duty to admit a child living in an asylum seekers' accommodation centre. [76143]

Mr. Miliband [holding answer 21 October 2002]: The Department intends to ensure that the education of children in the accommodation centres will be provided, wherever possible, in-house. However, there may be some circumstances, for example, if a child has severe or complex Special Educational Needs that would be met more appropriately through provision available in a special school; or a child fluent in English who could benefit from the education available in a mainstream school; when the learning needs of a child requires provision to be made available outside the centre.


Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the written answer of 24 July 2002, Official Report, column 1369W, on computers, what evaluation has been made of the success of the Computers Within Reach scheme; and how this will inform future policy on the Computers Within Reach concept. [76026]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Computers Within Reach Scheme closed on 31 October 2001 having delivered over 24,000 recycled computers to people in 22 pilot areas, at a cost of #7.1 million over two years. Those eligible were in receipt of certain working age benefits or a State Pension with minimum income guarantee.

An evaluation was conducted, and a copy has been placed in the Libraries. Positive findings included:

However, the report also highlighted difficulties with the scheme, which included:

In view of these difficulties, we considered carefully whether to repeat the scheme against alternatives that might provide more effective access to ICT and learning opportunities for those currently without access.

We concluded that we should not run another phase of the Computers Within Reach Scheme but channel the remaining #7.9 million into purchasing wireless technology equipment and laptops for Adult and Community Learning Centres serving deprived wards around the country. This will open up access to equipment and training for an estimated 335,000 learners over a three year period—far more than the number who would have benefited from an extension of the Computers Within Reach Scheme. These learners will be offered regular, supported access to the learning

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potential of the Internet and the communication potential of e-mail. Access to the Internet will mean that, for the first time for many, access to e-Government and e-Democracy can be a reality.

School Funding

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how she will change the education funding formula to provide a more even funding system for pupils in rural and inner city schools; [75886]

Mr. Miliband: The Government will consider carefully all responses to the consultation on Local Government Finance, and all suggested further options before taking decisions on the new Local Government funding system, to be introduced for 2003–04. Decisions on the balance between the basic entitlement and extra funding for additional educational needs will be decided on the basis of evidence about pupil characteristics and cost of provision: this will determine the distribution of funding between urban and rural authorities and will be announced by early December with the local authority finance settlement.

Promotions in Schools

Mr. Barnes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the amount of commercial activity and sponsorship targeted at children through their schools in each of the last five years and the amount of money such promotional activity has raised. [76388]

Mr. Miliband: We do not collect data centrally on the amount of commercial activity and sponsorship, or funds raised, locally in schools. Well thought-out commercial support can add value to school life and provide welcome additional resources. Last Autumn, we issued guidelines—''Commercial activities in schools: Best practice principles''—so that schools can make informed and sensible decisions about the nature of business involvement. The guidelines make clear that schools should satisfy themselves that the educational benefits of the commercial activity outweigh the potential disbenefits; that it is free of incentives to children to engage in unhealthy, unsafe or unlawful

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activities; that explicit sales messages are avoided wherever possible; and that the level of any branding is appropriate to the activity.

Pupil Funding

Mr. Watts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the total grant per pupil allocated to each local education authority. [76275]

Mr. Miliband: The table below shows the Department's total recurrent grant per pupil allocated to each local education authority for the current financial year, 2002–03. This does not include funding through SSAs and Revenue Support Grant.

2002–03Per Pupil
201 City of London1,300
202 Camden660
203 Greenwich640
204 Hackney740
205 Hammersmith and Fulham660
206 Islington730
207 Kensington and Chelsea730
208 Lambeth680
209 Lewisham630
210 Southwark650
211 Tower Hamlets810
212 Wandsworth590
213 Westminster640
301 Barking and Dagenham450
302 Barnet380
303 Bexley310
304 Brent480
305 Bromley330
306 Croydon400
307 Ealing460
308 Enfield440
309 Haringey640
310 Harrow360
311 Havering330
312 Hillingdon350
313 Hounslow470
314 Kingston upon Thames380
315 Merton390
316 Newham600
317 Redbridge340
318 Richmond upon Thames330
319 Sutton310
320 Waltham Forest570
330 Birmingham560
331 Coventry440
332 Dudley350
333 Sandwell460
334 Solihull360
335 Walsall390
336 Wolverhampton540
340 Knowsley620
341 Liverpool600
342 St. Helens450
343 Sefton460
344 Wirral450
350 Bolton420
351 Bury370
352 Manchester670
353 Oldham500
354 Rochdale520
355 Salford600
356 Stockport360
357 Tameside400
358 Trafford350
359 Wigan390
370 Barnsley440
371 Doncaster400
372 Rotherham510
373 Sheffield560
380 Bradford580
381 Calderdale410
382 Kirklees450
383 Leeds520
384 Wakefield400
390 Gateshead490
391 Newcastle upon Tyne530
392 North Tyneside470
393 South Tyneside500
394 Sunderland460
420 Isles of Scilly2,370
800 Bath and North East Somerset350
801 Bristol, City of480
802 North Somerset360
803 South Gloucestershire350
805 Hartlepool440
806 Middlesbrough540
807 Redcar and Cleveland480
808 Stockton-on-Tees540
810 Kingston Upon Hull, City of470
811 East Riding of Yorkshire360
812 North East Lincolnshire400
813 North Lincolnshire390
815 North Yorkshire370
816 York380
820 Bedfordshire390
821 Luton460
825 Buckinghamshire370
826 Milton Keynes370
830 Derbyshire360
831 Derby440
835 Dorset370
836 Poole320
837 Bournemouth320
840 Durham430
841 Darlington390
845 East Sussex370
846 Brighton and Hove410
850 Hampshire320
851 Portsmouth390
852 Southampton340
855 Leicestershire330
856 Leicester490
857 Rutland440
860 Staffordshire320
861 Stoke-on-Trent520
865 Wiltshire340
866 Swindon330
867 Bracknell Forest330
868 Windsor and Maidenhead360
869 West Berkshire360
870 Reading450
871 Slough480
872 Wokingham320
873 Cambridgeshire330
874 Peterborough390
875 Cheshire340
876 Halton480
877 Warrington330
878 Devon350
879 Plymouth340
880 Torbay340
881 Essex330
882 Southend-on-Sea360
883 Thurrock390
884 Herefordshire410
885 Worcestershire350
886 Kent330
887 Medway340
888 Lancashire380
889 Blackburn with Darwen560
890 Blackpool390
891 Nottinghamshire340
892 Nottingham630
893 Shropshire370
894 Telford & Wrekin400
908 Cornwall370
909 Cumbria400
916 Gloucestershire360
919 Hertfordshire320
921 Isle of Wight390
925 Lincolnshire360
926 Norfolk400
928 Northamptonshire340
929 Northumberland420
931 Oxfordshire350
933 Somerset360
935 Suffolk340
936 Surrey300
937 Warwickshire360
938 West Sussex310


1 Figures reflect all revenue grants in DfES's DEL relevant to pupils aged 4–19.

2 Grant figures exclude funds that include ages below 4 year olds EMA and LSC.

3 Pupil numbers underlying the #s per pupil are those underlying the SSA settlement calculations (all sub-blocks).

4 Figures rounded to nearest #10. Difference figures may not sum due to rounding

5 2002–03 figures are provisonal estimates as decisions on some funding allocations have yet to be finalised.

The figures are thus liable to be revised later on in the year.

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