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Sir John Stanley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children left school in the latest year for which figures are available without a GCSE qualification. [211029]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The number of children that failed to achieve a GCSE or equivalent qualification in 2003/04 was 26,652, which represents 4.1 per cent. of the total number of 15-year-old pupils.

Higher Education (Manchester)

Mr. Keith Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 18 year-olds who were (a) resident in the City of Manchester and (b) resident in the Manchester, Withington constituency, entered higher education in the academic year 2002–03. [209843]

Dr. Howells [holding answer 20 January 2005]: Participation rates at constituency level are not calculated by the department. The available information for 2002–03 is taken from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and covers 18-year-old applicants from Manchester LEA accepted through UCAS to full time first degree and HMD courses.

The participation rates calculated are based upon all 18-year-olds, not just those who have been in secondary education. The population numbers are estimates and can be volatile from year to year, hence participation rates should be used only as a guide to the long term trend in participation in a particular area.
Proportion of students aged 18 accepted through UCAS tofull-time undergraduate courses in the UK, by LEA of domicile, 2002–03

DomicileAccepted applicants aged 18Percentage of
Manchester LEA(30)76212.1

(30)The figures are derived from information collected on the UCAS application form. UCAS allocates an Area of Permanent Residence (APR) to each applicant, based upon their correspondence address, which is believed to largely correspond to LEAs, however, there may be some small differences between the postcodes coded under UCAS's APR classification and those coded under the Office of National Statistics (ONS) classifications.
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

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The recent HEFCE publication Young participation in higher education" (HEFCE 2005/03) does look at the proportion of young people who enter higher education at age 18 or 19 by parliamentary constituency. A discussion of the participation divisions and trends (18-year-olds in 1994 to 18 year-olds in 2000) for constituencies is contained in the report [sections 2.12, 3.8 and 4.1].

In addition participation rates for parliamentary constituencies based on this work are given on the supporting POLAR website ( These indicate that, for the cohorts reaching 18 between 1997 and 1999, 18 per cent. of young people living in Manchester LEA and 34 per cent. of young people living in the Manchester, Withington constituency entered higher education at age 18 or 19 (the English average for these cohorts is 29 per cent.).

Language Teachers

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the increase in the number of language teachers that would be needed to implement the recommendations of the Tomlinson Report; [211237]

(2) what assessment she has made of the workforce training requirements of the implementation of the recommendation of the Tomlinson Report that languages should be either an elective or compulsory component in other specialisations. [211238]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: We are currently preparing a White Paper on the 14–19 phase, including our response to the recommendations of the final report of the Working Group on 14–19 Reform chaired by Mike Tomlinson. Our White Paper, which will be published soon, will include an assessment of the impact of our recommendations on work force; training; and teaching and learning in the 14–19 phase.

Medical Students

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students were at medical schools in the United Kingdom at 1 December 2004. [209407]

Dr. Howells: The most recent information from the Higher Education Statistics (HESA) showing total student enrolments is for 1 December 2003 and is shown in the table. Comparable figures for 2004 will be available in December 2005.

However, provisional information collected by the Higher Education Funding Council for England
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(HEFCE) shows that the number of entrants to undergraduate medical courses in England in 2004/05 rose by 4 per cent. compared with 2003/04.
Enrolments on clinical and pre-clinical medical courses at UK HEIs: 2003/04


Figures are a snapshot count as at 1 December, and are rounded to the nearest 5.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

New Deal for Schools

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much schools in Coventry, South have received under the New Deal for Schools. [210800]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The amounts allocated to Coventry, South under the New Deal for Schools programme are set out in the table.
Amounts allocated (£)

Per Capita Funding

Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the spending per head on pupils in Nottingham, North constituency was in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available. [211018]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The information requested is submitted to the Department according to local education authority areas, rather than districts within an LEA. Nottingham, North forms part of City of Nottingham LEA. The information is contained within the following table:
Combined LEA and school based expenditure1, 2per pupil(33), cash terms(36), provisional data(32)as reported by City of Nottingham LEA(35)

£ per pupil
1997–982, 4, 52,570
2003–042, 44,910

(31)The combined LEA and school based expenditure includes all expenditure on the education of children in LEA maintained establishments and pupils educated by the LEA other than in maintained establishments. This includes both school based expenditure and all elements of central LEA expenditure except youth and community and capital expenditure from revenue (CERA).
(32)1997–98 financial data are taken from (pre local government reorganisation) Nottinghamshire LEA's Revenue Outturn spending return submitted to the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions. 2003–04 financial data are taken from City of Nottingham LEA's Section 52 Outturn Statement (Table A) submitted to the Department for Education and Skills. 2003–04 data remains provisional and is subject to change by the LEA.
(33)Pupil figures include all pre-primary pupils, including these under fives funded by the LEA and being educated in private settings, pupils educated in maintained mainstream schools and other LEA maintained pupils. The pupil data for pupils attending maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools are taken from the DfES Annual Schools Census. Private voluntary and independent (PVI) under five pupil numbers are taken from the Early Years census but are only included in the 2003–04 pupil count. Other LEA maintained pupils includes ail pupils attending schools not maintained by the authority for whom the authority is paying full tuition fees, or educated otherwise than in schools and pupil referral units under arrangements made by the authority drawn from the form 8b submitted to the DfES. Also included as other LEA maintained pupils are all pupils attending pupil referral units who are not registered at a maintained mainstream school drawn from the DfES Annual Schools Census. All pupil numbers are adjusted to be on a financial year basis.
(34)Financial data is collected at local authority level and not constituency level and as such the figures provided are for City of Nottingham LEA. Local government reorganisation (LGR) took place on the 1 April 1998 where pre-LGR Nottinghamshire LEA was split into City of Nottingham LEA and Nottinghamshire LEA As a result, the 1997–98 data is for pre-LGR Nottinghamshire LEA and the 2003–04 data is for City of Nottingham LEA.
(35)Spending in 1997–98 reflects the transfer of monies from local government to central Government for the nursery vouchers scheme. These were returned to local government from 1998–99.
(36)Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 as at 24 January 2004.

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