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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many incidents of bullying have taken place in schools in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last three years. [148372]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Data on bullying are not collected centrally and there is no reliable basis for an estimate of prevalence. However, any level of bullying is too high and we are determined to help schools to tackle the problem. Our guidance pack "Bullying: Don't Suffer in Silence" and the anti-bullying website: offer detailed advice on preventing and addressing bullying. I have also recently launched our anti-bullying Charter, which I hope schools will sign and use. It is accompanied by a summary of effective practice to help schools review and enhance their anti-bullying policies. We are also currently running a series of England-wide regional anti-bullying conferences for schools and other partners to share good practice.

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what research his Department has commissioned on bullying in schools; [148102]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: In March 2003 I launched a DfES-funded report summarising recent research on children and young people's views on bullying. This is available on the Department's website at Rather than collecting data from schools, which would add to their workload, we are concentrating on helping schools to reduce bullying. Disseminating good practice is crucial to this. So we have made our anti-bullying guidance pack "Bullying: Don't Suffer in Silence" and the anti-bullying Charter which I launched in November available to every school in England. And we are currently running a series of England-wide regional conferences for schools and other partners to share good practice. This is in addition to staff training materials on bullying which we are making available to all secondary schools through our Key Stage 3 strategy.

Career Guidance

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the place of career guidance within the provision by the Connexions Service. [149511]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 20 January 2004]: Career guidance is a key part of the work of Connexions. All 13–19 year olds in England have access to support on making learning and career choices from Connexions. The level of support each individual

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receives is differentiated according to need. Support is provided in a range of ways, including through: one to one and group sessions with a Connexions Personal Adviser; Connexions Direct—a telephone helpline, e-mail and web-chat facility, open from 8am to 2am, 365 days a year; and the careers information materials available in Connexions Resource centres in schools, colleges and Connexions one-stop shops.

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is his policy to ensure that (a) access to and (b) provision of careers guidance and advice is equal between young people (i) in education and (ii) not in employment and training. [149514]

Margaret Hodge: All young people can access Connexions services on an equal basis through their schools and colleges, one-stop shops and Connexions Direct. Provision of careers advice and guidance —as with all the services provided by Connexions—is differentiated according to need. This applies to all young people, irrespective of whether or not they are currently in education, employment or training.

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what qualifications are required of Connexions personal advisers who are expected to provide careers guidance and advice. [149515]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 20 January 2004]: The Secretary of State recognises three specific qualifications for Connexions Personal Advisers who give in depth career guidance to young people in the statutory client group; these are the Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG), NVQ Level 4 in Advice and Guidance (including specified units) and the Diploma in Careers Guidance (DCG). DfES provides funding to support the initial training of careers guidance professionals to help encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to move into the role of specialist career guidance practitioner.

Children Bill

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions have been held with local government representatives about the forthcoming Children Bill. [148783]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 20 January 2004]: I have worked closely with the Inter Agency Group, which brings together local government, health and voluntary sector representative bodies, to ensure that we understand their views fully in developing the Children Bill, as well as the other work the Government are taking forward following the publication of "Every Child Matters". Officials have also regularly met representatives of local government to discuss policy development. Our work has also been informed by the extensive consultation we undertook on "Every Child Matters". All areas of local government were fully represented at the nine regional consultation events and we are pleased to have received a huge response to the written consultation, including many submissions from local government representative groups and local authorities. I have also met individual local authority representatives in a number of meetings and on a range of visits.

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Connexions Service

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Connexions Service clients there were in each year since its establishment, broken down (a) by Connexions service area and (b) by (i) young people not in education, employment or training and (ii) others. [149512]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 20 January 2004]: The following tables show the number of Connexions

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Service clients (young people aged 13 to 19 known to Connexions) for the period 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04.

Table 1 shows those clients known not to be in education, employment and training, and other young people who have completed compulsory education.

Table 2 shows the number of clients of compulsory education age for the operational years of 2002–3 and 2003–4. This information was not collected in 2001–2.

Table 1: Number of clients/young people who have completed compulsory Education known to connexions

Not in Education, Employment or TrainingOtherTotal
Bedfordshire and Luton2,3331,60524,42524,39326,75825,998
Birmingham and Solihull3,6724,00053,28350,77556,95554,775
Black Country6,3376,9144,48939,08544,61147,38745,42251,52551,876
Bournemouth Dorset and Poole2,0191,02224,86226,12326,88127,145
Cambs and Peterborough2,4231,85125,78426,19028,20628,041
Central London5,9983,73337,75741,58843,75445,321
Cheshire and Warrington2,6942,9782,19633,72637,06437,31836,42040,04239,514
Cornwall and Devon3,5223,7982,92160,27760,75761,69063,79964,55564,611
County Durham2,7742,05315,65216,86018,42618,913
Coventry and Warwick2,6882,8542,25326,05232,54032,88028,74035,39435,133
East London8,2816,97382,87187,46591,15294,438
Essex Southend and Thurrock5,4492,81665,97465,92871,42268,744
Greater Manchester11,0737,961109,572110,988120,646118,949
Greater Merseyside8,9188,4316,65962,25261,93165,15471,17070,36271,813
Hereford and Worcester1,6841,21826,62626,96628,31128,183
Lincolnshire and Rutland1,1671,4871,33223,54027,11027,03324,70728,59728,366
Milton Keynes Ox and Bucks1,6252,8202,59048,64750,04650,18450,27252,86752,774
North London2,9714,0712,31735,75040,71143,65938,72144,78245,976
Shropshire Telford and Wrekin1,1221,08673618,16917,94618,11219,29119,03118,849
South Central3,0652,88383,42971,47086,49474,352
South London4,4984,2822,10747,02347,41849,04051,52151,70051,147
South Yorkshire5,6046,6614,06146,39948,12150,78152,00354,78354,841
Tees Valley4,3052,37429,57329,71033,87932,084
Tyne and Wear8,3854,48141,46243,94349,84748,423
West London5,3473,23250,60849,11855,95452,350
West of England2,0572,4472,25133,66730,92135,95735,72433,36738,208
West Yorkshire9,3576,15486,29286,41395,64992,567
Wiltshire and Swindon1,28493721,64723,25622,93124,192
York and North Yorkshire2,31091732,49730,15534,80731,072


1. The information compiled represents averages of monthly data provided by Connexions Partnerships from their own management information and tracking systems.

2. The first 15 Connexions Partnerships commenced in April and September 2001. The second and third phases of Connexions Partnerships started from April 2002.

Table 2: Number of clients/young people of compulsory education age known to connexionsNote: This data was not collected in 2001

Bedfordshire and Luton26,12326,911
Birmingham and Solihull62,48062,255
Black Country54,11153,216
Bournemouth Dorset and Poole24,89426,113
Cambs and Peterborough32,43536,771
Central London25,48334,764
Cheshire and Warrington42,57540,953
Cornwall and Devon61,79763,356
County Durham24,06524,982
Coventry and Warwick35,75238,878
East London87,21490,610
Essex Southend and Thurrock80,22481,980
Greater Manchester132,465128,915
Greater Merseyside70,65254,292
Hereford and Worcester33,77434,309
Lincolnshire and Rutland26,17927,985
Milton Keynes Ox and Bucks51,10957,699
North London30,23740,399
Northumberland(33) 11,722
Shropshire Telford and Wrekin13,75612,959
South Central59,20455,012
South London42,83539,762
South Yorkshire62,32564,015
Tees Valley40,03336,911
Tyne and Wear49,47145,569
West London38,43642,161
West of England34,26636,953
West Yorkshire101,715105,622
Wiltshire and Swindon21,27822,955
York and North Yorkshire30,28429,490

(33) Northumberland Connexions Partnership commenced in April 2003.


The information complied represents averages of monthly data provided by Connexions partnerships from their own management information and tracking systems.

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Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is the policy of the Connexions Service to give special attention to young people not in education, employment or training. [149513]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 20 January 2004]: It is the policy of the Connexions Service to reduce the numbers of young people not in education, employment or training. It does so through preventive work with young people who are in education employment and training and targeted, individual work with those who are not.

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