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Top-up Fees

13. Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on top-up fees. [102715]

Margaret Hodge: From 2006, we will give universities the freedom to set tuition fees, up to a maximum of £3,000. Universities will set out in Access Agreements how they will safeguard and promote access when they set their fees.

In addition, no student or parent will have to pay fees up-front. We will offer loans for fees, subsidised in the same way as the current maintenance loans, with a fair and equitable system of repayments.

Emergency Planning

14. Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he last issued guidance to schools on procedures in the event of a hostile biological or chemical incident. [102716]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: All schools in England have been made aware, most recently earlier this week, that they can get advice on emergency planning via the UK Resilience website. This includes advice on terrorism.

First Aid

15. Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action he is taking to encourage the teaching of basic first aid to children in schools. [102717]

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Mr. Ivan Lewis: Basic Aid Training is included in the curriculum as part of the framework for Personal Social and Health Education. The aim is to ensure that young children are safe within and outside their school environment. In primary schools, children learn the rules relating to health and safety and basic emergency aid. In secondary schools, young people develop the skills to cope with emergency situations that require basic aid procedures including resuscitation techniques.

School Results

16. John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to improve secondary school results in coalfield areas. [102718]

Mr. Miliband: My Department has set a number of challenging targets aimed at raising the attainment of secondary school pupils in coalfield and other areas, including floor targets at Key Stage 2, 3 and GCSE level. In addition, my Department has targeted measures such as Education Action Zones and Excellence in Cities, to raise standards in particularly disadvantaged areas. These focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning, tackling social exclusion and providing support to families and pupils.

Early-years Premises

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many early years settings have (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 1973 for which information is available. [93431]

Maria Eagle: Information on the number of maintained nursery schools that have opened and closed each year is shown in the table. Figures are available from 1995 when the Department's database of educational establishments was created.

Number of maintained nursery schools which opened and closed each year
1995 to 2002—England

ClosedOpened
199531
199661
1997140
1998122
199981
2000152
2001173
2002152

Information on other types of early years settings that have opened and closed since 1973 is not available.

All four year olds have been able to access a free, part-time early education place since September 1998. Since September 1999, we have invested substantially in new free early years education places for three year olds. The number of free early years education places taken up by three year olds increased from 214,200 in 1997 to 408,200 in 2002, an increase of 194,000 places. We are committed to providing all three year olds, whose parents want one, with free early years education place by April 2004.


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Education (Northampton)

Mr. Tony Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) pupils and (b) teachers there were in Northampton in (i) primary,

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(ii) middle and (iii) upper schools in (A) the latest period for which figures are available and (B) each of the past four years. [100799]

Mr. Miliband: The available information is shown in the table.

Maintained primary, secondary and middle deemed schools: full time equivalent number of teachers(9) and pupils—position in January each year
Northampton, North and South parliamentary constituencies

Number of pupils Number of teachers(9)
Primaryof which middle deemedSecondaryof which middle deemedPrimaryof which middle deemedSecondaryof which middle deemed
199814,555017,4108,4426230984428
199914,421017,5728,5406160988422
200014,237017,7558,4636150987423
200113,866018,7738,45362601,093431
200213,579018,8408,34362901,106428

(9) Includes qualified teachers and other teaching staff.

Source:

Annual Schools' Census


Education Funding

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of his Departmental budget was spent on (a) pre-school education, (b) school age education up to sixth form level, (c) sixth form school and college education, (d) further education and (e) higher education in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement [99819]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The amount spent by the Department on various functions is set out in table 4.2 of the 2002 Departmental Report for the Department for Education and Skills (Command Number 5402).

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the grants funded by his Department for which (a) LEAs, (b) primary and secondary schools, (c) further education institutions, (d) higher education institutions, (e) individual teachers and (f) students may apply; how much funding was made available in the last financial year; how many awards were made; and what their administrative costs were in each case. [99946]

Mr. Charles Clarke: My Department makes grant payments to a wide range of education, voluntary and private organisations. Organisations and individuals can also apply to and receive grants from our NDPBs and other agencies, for which we hold no central records. Therefore this question could be answered only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 24 February 2003, Official Report, columns 164–65W, on pupil funding, for what reasons Havering receives lower funding than other London Boroughs for pupils aged (a) five to 10 and (b) 11 to 15; and what plans he has to increase funding for schools in Havering. [102049]

Mr. Miliband: In 2003–04, Havering's Education Formula Spending Share is increasing by 3.2 per cent. per pupil. In addition we will continue to provide Standards Fund grant funding for priority programmes to support improvements as in previous years: for 2003–04 Havering's Standards Fund allocation so far is £4.2 million not including the LEA contribution. Havering's schools will also continue to benefit from significant increases in the School Standards Grant.

In 2003–04 Havering's average level of funding per primary pupil is £2,237. Its average level of funding per secondary pupil is £2,956.

Overall, the per pupil funding in Havering is lower than in London authorities because it benefits less than other London authorities from those aspects in the funding formula which reflect the additional costs of recruiting and retaining staff in high-cost areas (the Area Cost Adjustment—ACA) and the additional costs of educating deprived pupils.

The ACA for London has three values: 1.2624 (inner); 1.1447 (outer London west); and 1.0912 (outer London east). Havering receives the ACA for those in outer London east: its lower value reflects the lower general wage rates in outer London east compared with those in outer London west. On the measures of deprivation in EFSS, Havering is 10th out of the 13 outer London east authorities for both income support and the working families tax credit and has the lowest proportion of pupils with English as an additional language and low achieving ethnic groups.

We recognise that the recommendations of the School Teachers' Review Body will place an additional burden on schools in Havering. Consequently our response to the STRB report proposes an additional grant for those London authorities with a low increase in their education formula spending share or a floor increase in their Revenue Support Grant. Havering's share will be £475,000: we intend to pay this grant in May; and the LEA will be required to pass it on to school budgets.


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