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Learner Satisfaction Survey

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much was spent by the Learning and Skills Council on producing the Learner Satisfaction Survey in 2003; [186602]

(2) what funding methodology was used for setting budgets for local learning and skills councils in 2003–04; [186604]

(3) how much money has been allocated to each local learning and skills council in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06. [186605]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: These are matters for the Learning and Skills Council. Mark Haysom the Council's Chief Executive will write to the hon. Gentleman with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.

Learning Difficulties/Disabilities (Coventry, South)

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Coventry, South students in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools suffer from learning (i) difficulties and (ii) disabilities. [187299]

Margaret Hodge: Learning difficulties and learning disabilities are covered within the definition set out in section 312 of the Education Act 1996 which states that children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a learning difficulty if they:

The table shows numbers of pupils with SEN in Coventry, South.
Maintained primary and secondary schools(15): number of pupils with special education needs (SEN)—January 2004 (provisional)

Coventry, South parliamentary
Maintained primaryMaintained secondary
Total pupils7,7807,410
Pupils with statements of SEN80150
Pupils with SEN but without

(15) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(16) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
(17) Includes children at "School Action" and "School Action Plus" as described in the SEN Code of Practice.

Minimum Pupil Numbers

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to require small schools to have a minimum number of pupils. [186476]

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Mr. Miliband: We have no plans to require small schools to have a minimum number of pupils.

Decisions on proposed changes to schools, including opening and closing, are taken by each area's local School Organisation Committee, or an independent schools adjudicator, and the Department's guidance makes clear that they must not assume a school must be of a certain size to be a good school. LEAs have a statutory duty to ensure sufficient and efficient school provision in their area and we will expect them to take parental preferences into account in their planning process. LEAs must also ensure that each area offers high quality education in a cost effective way.
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New Schools (Great Yarmouth)

Mr. Anthony D. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were opened in the Great Yarmouth constituency between 1979 and 1997; and what proposals have been made for building new schools within the Great Yarmouth constituency since 1997. [186706]

Mr. Miliband: Information is only available for new school openings since 1988. Between 1988 and 1997 no new schools were established in Great Yarmouth. Since 1997, approval has been given for four new Primary schools, namely:
School nameReason for opening
Herman Community Primary SchoolAmalgamation of Herman First and Herman Middle School
Peterhouse Community Primary SchoolAmalgamation of Peterhouse First and Peterhouse Middle School
Martham Foundation Primary SchoolAmalgamation of Martham First School and Nursery and West Flegg Middle School
Belton Voluntary Community Primary SchoolAmalgamation of Waveney First School and Breydon Middle School

Proposals for the new schools were approved by the local School Organisation Committee on 6 December 2002 and they are due to open this coming September.

Plans for any future organisation of schools are a matter for the local authority.

Education (Northampton, South)

Mr. Tony Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) education support staff there were in Northampton, South in each year since 1992. [186462]

Mr. Miliband: The following table gives the full-time equivalent number of regular teachers and support staff employed in maintained sector schools in Northampton, South constituency for each year from 1997 to 2003, the latest year available. Data are not available at constituency level prior to 1997.
TeachersSupport staff 1

(18) Includes teaching assistants, administrative staff, technicians, medical and other child care and education support staff.
Annual School Census.

Mr. Tony Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will break down achievement at each key stage in 2003 in Northampton by ethnicity, subdivided into those (a) in receipt of and (b) not in receipt of free school meals. [186509]

Mr. Miliband: The requested information has been placed in the Libraries.

Mr. Tony Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size in Northampton, South for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was in each year since 1997. [186521]

Mr. Miliband: The requested information is given in the table.
Maintained primary and secondary schools(19): Average size of classes taught by one teacher(20)Northampton, South parliamentary constituency(21)

Position in January each year: 1997 to 2004
Number of pupilsNumber of classesAverage class sizeNumber of pupilsNumber of classesAverage class size
20044, 59,50037025.85,70026022.0

(19) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(20) Classes as taught during the one selected period in each school on the day of the census in January.
(21) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
(22) Difference in figures from 2003 to 2004 is due to some schools within Northampton, South parliamentary constituency changing status from middle deemed secondary schools to primary school status.
(23) Provisional.
Annual Schools' Census.

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Offender Education

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time teachers and tutors are in post at each (i) prison and (ii) young offender institute. [187216]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: There are currently 405 full-time teachers and tutors in post in prisons and 271 in Young Offenders Institutions. For part-time teachers the figures are 225 in prisons and 103 in Young Offenders Institutes.

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many prison education tutors have (a) resigned and (b) been made redundant in each of the last five years; and how many vacancies there are for these staff. [187217]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: This information is not held centrally by HM Prison Service. Learning and skills in prisons are delivered by 28 educational providers in 137 prisons.

Matters relating to the employment status of tutors are the responsibility of the contractors.

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has for the Offenders' Learning and Skills Unit within his Department. [187218]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The OLSU continues to play a key role in managing improvements to offender learning and skills, working in partnership with a range of Departments and agencies across Government; including the Learning and Skills Council and the prison and probation services. From April 2004, the role of the unit extends to learning and skills for offenders in the community, as well as in custody.

As we develop plans for improving future delivery of learning and skills for offenders, the unit expects to work increasingly closely with the Learning and Skills Council and other regional partners. As part of the Government's commitment to moving resources closer to the front line of delivery, we will consider how the unit's regional advisory staff could work most effectively within the regions for the future.

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role the regional Learning and Skills Councils will have in the (a) commissioning and (b) delivery of offender education in (i) prisons and (ii) the community; [187220]

(2) whether the new contracts for prison education will provide funding for (a) staff development, (b) lesson planning, (c) marking of students' work and (d) pastoral education. [187215]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The DfES is working closely with the Learning and Skills Council, the Prison Service, the Probation Service, the Youth Justice Board and JobCentreplus on new arrangements to support improvements in the learning and skills of offenders in the community as well as those in custody.

The Learning and Skills Council already works in partnership at local level with probation services in order to deliver learning and skills to offenders under supervision in the community. From next year, starting in the three development regions of the north east, north
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west and south west, the LSC will also assume lead responsibility for planning and funding, education and work related skills training for offenders in custody.

The precise balance between local, regional and national commissioning in arrangements for the future service for offenders, and the detailed content of any new contracts, will be agreed as we develop a new delivery framework over the next year.

This work is still at an early stage. We expect the LSC to ensure flexibility in contracting arrangements, and to adopt a funding formula which will promote consistency in the funding of offender learning across all regions. In the meantime, in order to ensure stability, we are extending the current prison education contracts in broadly their existing form.

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