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Adult Learning

Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what help will be given to rural areas to help with adult learning. [85060]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: Support for adult learners in rural areas is a key priority in our national strategy for improving adult literacy and numeracy, launched in March 2001. Good progress is being made, and through the Learning and Skills Council, we are expanding the range of provision, and providing better access. For example, extended schools are providing centres for adult learning within rural communities, and in some locations, may also provide access to sports and other facilities. Online centres have also been established in rural areas, and trials are under way to pilot the use of ICT in pubs.

In 2001–02 a total of 8,064 new child care places were created in Devon, Cornwall, Durham and Lincolnshire, helping more parents to access learning provision. And the modernisation of the Higher Education student support system will consider how to improve access through online application and interactive help facilities for students.

We shall be reporting fully on all our activities to the Countryside Agency as part of the annual cycle of rural proofing reporting by the Government. We shall also be working closely with DEFRA on their review of skills and learning in rural areas announced on 21 November.

Child Care Review

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made with the implementation of the Inter Departmental Child Care Review. [83439]

Maria Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

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Following the announcement by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 15 July, a single inter-departmental Unit responsible for both Sure Start and Early Years and Child Care programmes has been established, accountable for delivery to the Department for Education and Skills and the Department for Work and Pensions. My Noble Friend Baroness Ashton the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for Sure Start, Early Years and Child Care is lead Minister for the work of the new Unit and a member of the Ministerial team of both Departments.

The new Unit will have a £1.5 billion budget, including more than doubling Child Care spending, by 2006. Its work will include: reforming local and national infrastructure and simplifying funding; establishing a network of Children's Centres, providing integrated Child Care, early education, family and health services for up to 650,000 children in disadvantaged areas by 2006; and creating at least 250,000 new child care places by that date, on top of the existing target of creating new places for 1.6 million children by 2004.

The report of the child care review, XDelivering for Children and Families", was published on 6 November. A copy is available in the Library.

Drugs Awareness

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have a teacher trained in drugs awareness and education. [85036]

Mr. Miliband: The information is not collected centrally.

Education Costs

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Government allocates to educate a child aged 11 to 16 years in the (a) Tamworth and (b) Sutton Coldfield constituencies. [84178]

Mr. Miliband: In 2002–03, Staffordshire's average funding per pupil aged 11–15 is £3,440, and for Birmingham it is £4,230. We do not identify separately the amounts for individual constituencies. The reason for the difference is the higher levels of deprivation in Birmingham as a whole. Funding is distributed to schools and children through local education authorities' own funding formulae: these formulae can be a significant cause of the differences in funding between similar schools in neighbouring authorities, since they often do not take enough account of the needs of deprived children. We have issued guidance to LEAs about their use of deprivation funding in order to persuade them to target funding for deprivation at those children and schools that most need it.

Education Provision (Buckinghamshire)

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the pupil/teacher ratios were

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for (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) Chesham and Amersham and (ii) Buckinghamshire in each year since 1 January 1996. [85126]

Mr. Miliband [holding answer 3 December 2002]: The information requested is shown in the table.

Maintained primary and secondary schools(2): Pupil:teacher ratios(3)

Pupil:teacher ratio
Chesham and Amersham(4) Buckinghamshire LEA
Position in January each yearPrimary schoolsSecondary schoolsPrimary schoolsSecondary schools

(2) Includes middle schools as deemed.

(3) The pupil:teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of full-time equivalent pupils on roll in schools by the total number of full-time equivalent qualified teachers employed in schools.

(4) Parliamentary constituency.

(5) Not available.

(6) Before local government reorganisation.


Annual Schools' Census

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Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children excluded from school gained (a) five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C and (b) one or more GCSEs in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2002. [85347]

Mr. Miliband: Currently the only readily available source of data on the GCSE attainment of young people excluded from school is the Youth Cohort Study (YCS).

The latest data available from the YCS is for people who took their GCSEs in the summer of 1999. This shows that of those who were excluded from school in years 10 or 11, 17 per cent. gained five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C and 90 per cent. reported gaining at least one GCSE.

Figures for more recent years will become available from the National Pupil Database in due course.

Graduate Training Programme

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many trainees commenced the graduate training programme and registered training programme in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) September 2001, (ii) January 2002 and (iii) April 2002; and in what subjects. [84568]

Mr. Miliband [holding answer 2 December 2002]: The numbers of trainees who commenced the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) and Registered Teacher Programme (RTP) in 2001–02 are presented in the table. Trainees in secondary schools are shown by the subject they trained in.

Table 1: Recruitment to GTP and RTP courses in England, 2001–02

September 2001January 2001April 2002TotalSeptember 2001January 2001April 2002Total
English and Drama135147923742114
Modern Foreign Languages12577592610101
Total Technology13916911242066517
Physical Education293821880011
Religious Education3184251001
Secondary total7507745072,03115191347
Grand total1,2901,0838713,244766029165


Teacher Training Agency

Ministerial Design Champion

Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the meetings undertaken by his Department's Ministerial Design Champion in that capacity. [85188]

Mr. Miliband: My noble Friend, the Baroness Ashton was the Department's Ministerial Design Champion until this month when, due to changes in Ministerial responsibilities, I succeeded her.

In her role as Design Champion, Baroness Ashton accepted an invitation to speak at a conference organised by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) on the theme XAchieving Design Quality in PFI Schools". The conference took place on 22 October 2001, at the Millennium Primary

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School in Greenwich. This year there have been two meetings of the Ministerial Design Champions, but unfortunately she was not able to attend either. Instead, the Department was represented at official level.

Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when his Department's Ministerial Design Champion last met (a) the Commission of Architecture and the Built Environment, (b) the Royal Institution of British Architects and (c) officials from the DfES's Schools Building Design Unit. [85189]

Mr. Miliband: Baroness Ashton last met representatives of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) in October 2001, at the conference organised by CABE and referred to in answer to the previous question. A meeting was arranged between her and the President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in July this year, but this had to be postponed and a new meeting has yet to be arranged.

Baroness Ashton regularly meets officials from the Department's Schools Building & esign Unit (SBDU) to discuss issues as they arise. The last meeting which focused on design took place in May this year.

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