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Education Outside the Classroom

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to publish the manifesto for Education Outside the Classroom. [14180]

Jacqui Smith: We aim to publish the manifesto in spring 2006. The Department will consult on a vision statement and common goals for the manifesto during the autumn term.

Educational Psychologists

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many educational psychologists she expects will qualify during the 2006–07 academic year. [15560]

Bill Rammell: The Department does not make estimates of the number of qualifications obtained in specific subjects.

Fire Safety (School Buildings)

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she plans to publish proposals for new guidance on fire safety in school buildings. [15328]


 
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Jacqui Smith: Draft proposals for new fire safely guidance for schools are currently out for public consultation. These can be viewed on:

The consultation process began on 1 August and ends on 31 October. Subject to the extent and nature of comments that are received, we expect to be able to publish final guidance by April 2006.

Foster Carers

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the number of foster carers needed to provide placement choice for children; and if she will make a statement. [15015]

Maria Eagle: At 31 March 2004, there were an estimated 41,600 children in foster placements in England, representing 68 per cent. of all looked-after children. The Department itself does not currently hold information centrally about the number of foster carers. However, assisting local authorities to recruit and retain foster carers is a key priority for my Department, to ensure that placements which meet the needs of children and young people can be found without delay. A number of national initiatives are already in place or planned to encourage greater numbers of people to become and remain foster carers, including a Fostering Publicity Pack designed to help local authorities to run targeted local campaigns to recruit new foster carers for looked-after children.

In addition, work to identify and resolve difficulties in the collection of national data about foster carers is ongoing. Fieldwork involving a sample of local authorities is currently taking place in order to contribute to the development of an informative and workable data collection.

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of adequacy of funding for (a) allowances, (b) fees, (c) training and (d) management and support costs for foster carers; and if she will make a statement. [15016]

Maria Eagle: There has already been significant investment in funding for children's social services; total funding (including Formula Spending Share and Specific Grants) is £4.26 billion in 2005–06—up £300 million (or 8 per cent.) on 2004–05. In terms of future years, formula spending for children's social services is to rise by £500 million between 2005–06 and 2007–08 to a total of £4.5 billion. This funding provision is not ring-fenced, allowing authorities to plan to meet their own priorities—including for fostering services.

It is important to consider funding for fostering services alongside the investment made in related children's social services. Local authorities need to ensure that they have effective strategies in place for planning and delivering provision for all their children and young people who have additional needs, and that they make efficient use of available resources.

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to enable foster carers who make themselves available throughout the year to care for children to be paid fees for 52 weeks of the year. [15200]


 
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Maria Eagle: We have no plans to standardise the payment of fees to foster carers. However, we are currently developing proposals for a national minimum allowance for foster carers, to cover the costs of caring for a looked after child, and shall be consulting fully on this issue. Research indicates that payment rates—including the payment of fees while placements are empty—are but one of a number of issues of concern to foster carers.

We are therefore taking forward work in parallel to develop good practice guidance for local authorities in order to address wider concerns about the transparency, consistency and efficiency of payment systems. Our intention is both to establish a national minimum allowance rate and to issue guidance in 2006.

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will allocate increased funds for foster care services. [15202]

Maria Eagle: Ring-fenced funding of £113 million has been made available from 2003–04 to 2005–06 through the Choice Protects programme to support local authorities in improving placement choice for their looked-after children—in particular through strengthening and expanding their fostering services.

Of this amount, a total of £7.25 million has been retained over the three years of the grant to fund national initiatives, including measures aimed at improving the status, support and training of foster carers. These include, in particular: a national advice line for foster carers, 'Fosterline'; work to improve the
 
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support given to foster carers who are subject to allegations; as well as work to improve training opportunities for foster carers.

In terms of future years, formula spending for children's social services is to rise by £500 million between 2005–06 and 2007–08 to a total of £4.5 billion. This funding provision is not ring-fenced, allowing authorities to plan to meet local priorities, and will enable further increased investment in fostering services.

Further Education

Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils aged 16 to 18 have been educated in (a) further education colleges and (b) sixth forms in schools, in England since 2000, broken down by local authority. [15877]

Bill Rammell: Participation estimates of education by local authority are only available for those young people aged 16 and 17.

The number of these people participating in full-time education in further education colleges (including sixth form colleges) and school sixth forms (including independent schools) in each local authority are given in the table. The figures are given as at the end of the calendar year 2000 to 2003 (latest available).

This information is taken from the publication Participation in Education and Training by 16 and 17 Year Olds in Each Local Area in England, 2002 and 2003".
Participation in full-time education of 16 and 17 year-olds by local authority in England, end 2000 onwards
Numbers

School sixth forms (including independent)
FE colleges (including sixth form colleges)(111)
200020012002(112)2003200020012002(112)2003
North East17,10017,00016,80016,00024,10024,00023,60023,200
Hartlepool3003003003001,3001,2001,2001,300
Middlesbrough4003003003002,3002,2002,3002,300
Redcar and Cleveland1001001002,3002,1002,1002,100
Stockton-on-Tees8008008007002,6002,6002,6002,600
Darlington2002003002001,4001,3001,3001,300
Durham3,4003,4003,5003,2003,9004,0004,0003,900
Northumberland3,8003,8003,8003,7001,3001,3001,3001,400
Gateshead1,6001,6001,6001,7001,4001,4001,4001,100
Newcastle upon Tyne3,2003,1003,0002,9001,1001,1001,2001,100
North Tyneside1,7001,7001,7001,5001,5001,4001,4001,400
South Tyneside4004003003002,1002,2001,9001,700
Sunderland1,3001,3001,2001,0003,1003,1003,0002,900
Northwest41,20041,00040,50039,80074,80073,90070,90068,800
Halton4004005005002,0001,8001,5001,400
Warrington1,3001,3001,3001,3002,0001,9001,8001,800
Cheshire6,5006,4006,3006,5005,1005,4005,2005,000
Cumbria4,8004,7004,8004,6003,1003,0003,1002,900
Bolton2,0002,0001,8001,8002,6002,7002.7002,800
Bury6006006005002,8002,8002,7002,500
Manchester2,2002,1002,0002,0005,6005,5005,0004,800
Oldham9009009001,2003,0003,0002,9002,600
Rochdale9009001,0008002,5002,4002,2002,200
Salford2002002001002,8002,8002,6002,400
Stockport8008007006004,1004,1004,0004,100
Tameside3003003003003,2003,1003,1002,900
Trafford1,7001,6001,6001,7002,1002,0001,8001,800
Wigan5006006005004,1004,1003,9003,800
Blackburn with Darwen7007007006002,2002,2002,1002,000
Blackpool4004004003001,7001,5001,5001,500
Lancashire5,1005,0005,1004,80013,90013,70013,30013,300
Knowsley7007007003001,9001,9001,9001,800
Liverpool4,5004,5004,3004,3002,9002,8002,7002,500
St. Helens9009009001,0002,0002,0001,9001,900
Sefton2,3002,4002,3002,6003,0002,9002,9002,900
Wirral3,7003,6003,5003,4002,1002,0002,1001,900
Yorkshire and the Number36,60036,10035,50034,70044,00043,20042,20040,400
East Riding of Yorkshire3,0002,9002,9002,9002,5002,4002,2002,200
Kingston Upon Hull, City of7007007005003,4003,1003,0002,700
North East Lincolnshire5005005004002,3002,3002,2002,100
North Lincolnshire3003003003002,5002,4002,3002,300
York1,4001,3001,4001,2001,6001,6001,7001,600
North Yorkshire5,9005,8005,7006,1004,2004,1004,3003,500
Barnsley4004004003002,6002,5002,5002,400
Doncaster2,8002,7002,6002,6001,7001,8001,7001,700
Rotherham1,5001,5001,5001,8002,4002,4002,3002.300
Sheffield2,8002,6002,5002,1004,6004,3004,1004,200
Bradford5,9005,8005,9005,2002,7002,8002,6002,600
Calderdale2,1002,1002,0002,0001,1001,1001,1001,100
Kirklees1,6001,7001,8001,7004,6004,6004,6004,500
Leeds6,0005,9005,7006,0004,7004,6004,4004,100
Wakefield1,7001,8001,7001,7003,2003,2003,2003,100
East Midlands37,70036,70038,20035,60031,30031,00030,20028,300
Derby1,7001,7001,6001,5001,8001,8001,8001,900
Derbyshire6,0005,9005,9005,7005,4005,3005,1004,400
Leicester1,5001,4001,3001,0004,3004,2004,1003,900
Rutland700700700600400400400400
Leicestershire7,1006,8006,9007,0003,5003,5003,4003,300
Lincolnshire5,8005,5005,6005,8004,5004,5004,5004,000
Northamptonshire6,9006,9006,7006,6003,9003,6003,5003,300
Nottingham1,5001,4001,3001,1002,6002,7002,7002,600
Nottinghamshire6,4006,3006,2006,2005,1005,0004,8004,500
West Midlands41,70040,70040,10039,10049,40048,70047,30046,600
Herefordshire6007007006002,2002,1002,1002,000
Worcestershire5,6005,3005,3005,3004,6004,5004,4004,300
Telford and Wrekin7007006008002,0002,0001,9001,900
Shropshire1,9002,0002,0002,0003,2003,0002,9003,000
Stoke-on-Trent5005005003002,8002,8002,8002,900
Staffordshire7,9007,7007,6007,5005,8005,6005,8005,600
Warwickshire4,5004,3004,2004,2004,2004,2004,0004,000
Birmingham7,8007,8007,7007,50010,00010,2009,9009,600
Coventry3,3003,2003,1003,0001,9002,0001,9001,900
Dudley6006006004004,1004,0003,7003,700
Sandwell1,5001,3001,2001,0003,0003,1002,9002,800
Solihull1,2001,2001,2001,3002,4002,5002,4002,300
Walsall2,7002,7002,8002,7001,6001,5001,4001,500
Wolverhampton2,8002,7002,7002,5001,5001,4001,2001,200
East of England49,80049,80049,00048,10041,90040,10038,30038,700
Luton5004004002003,1003,1002,8002,900
Bedfordshire5,0005,1004,9004,8002,1002,0001,8001,700
Peterborough1,6001,7001,7002,000900900800800
Cambridgeshire4,1004,2004,1003,7005,6005,3005,3005,200
Southend-on-Sea1,3001,3001,2001,4001,2001,2001,1001,200
Thurrock1001001002,0001,9001,9001,800
Essex10,00010,00010,0009,10011,30010,90010,40010,800
Hertfordshire14,50014,20013,70014,4005,4005,3005,3005,600
Norfolk5,6005,7005,8005,5006,1005,8005,4005,500
Suffolk7,0007,0007,1006,9004,1003,8003,6003,300
Greater London67,10063,90062,30058,70059,80059,20056,20054,700
Inner London19,80019,00018,60017,10024,10023,90022,50021,800
Outer London47,30044,90043,70041,70035,80035,20033,60032,900
Barking and Dagenham1,4001,3001,3001,3001,2001,1001,0001,000
Barnet4,1003,9003,8004,1001,9001,9001,9001,800
Bexley2,4002,2002,1002,0001,4001,4001,4001,300
Brent3,2002,9002,8002,3002,2002,3002,2002,100
Bromley4,0003,9003,8004,1001,1001,2001,1001,000
Croydon3,2003,0002,7002,3003,6003,5003,3003,300
Ealing3,4003,3003,2002,3002,3002,3002,2002,300
Enfield3,1003,0003,1003,0002,3002,3002,0002,000
Greenwich2,3002,1002,0001,7001,5001,4001,4001,400
Harrow2,2002,1002,0008002,8002,8002,8002,700
Havering1,1001,0001,0001,0002,7002,7002,6002,600
Hillingdon2,8002,8002,8002,9001,6001,6001,4001,300
Hounslow2,2002,2002,1002,8001,5001,5001,5001,400
Kingston upon Thames1,8001,6001,6001,900900900900900
Merton1,4001,4001,3009001,6001,5001,4001,500
Redbridge3,7003,5003,6004,1001,4001,4001,4001,200
Richmond upon Thames1,4001,3001,3001,0001,6001,5001,5001,400
Sutton2,2002,1002,0002,6001,0001,0009001,000
Waltham Forest1,3001,3001,3008003,0002,9002,7002,600
South East73,20071,80070,70070,20069,20067,00064,70063,200
Bracknell Forest1,4001,4001,4001,300800700700700
Reading1,5001,5001,5001,400700600800700
Slough1,2001,1001,1001,1001,0001,100900800
West Berkshire2,3002,2002,3002,600600700600600
Windsor and Maidenhead2,3002,2002,1002,200500600600600
Wokingham2,3002,1002,0001,900800900900600
Milton Keynes2,5002,4002,4001,9001,3001,2001,000800
Buckinghamshire6,7006,7006,4006,6002,0002,1002,2002,000
Brighton and Hove1,5001,5001,5001,6002,2002,1002,1002,100
East Sussex3,2003,1003,3003,1005,3005,2004,9004,800
Portsmouth4005005005002,7002,5002,3002,200
Southampton3004004004002,6002,6002,7002,500
Hampshire3,2003,2003,2002,90019,10018,20017,70017,100
Isle of Wight1,4001,4001,4001,400800800800800
Kent16,90016,40016,10016,1007,5007,3006,8006,800
Medway2,9002,8002,7002,8001,5001,7001,6001,600
Oxfordshire7,2007,0006,9006,6003,2003,0003,1003,500
Surrey10,50010,50010,20010,2009,1008,5008,5008,200
West Sussex5,5005,4005,3005,5007,3007,1006,6006,700
South West44,50043,30042,70042,20040,80040,00038,40037,900
Bath and North East Somerset2,1002,1002,2002,5001,1001,000900900
Bristol, City of3,1003,2003,0002,6003,2003,0003,0002,700
North Somerset1,5001,5001,5001,5001,6001,5001,5001,600
South Gloucestershire2,3002,2002,3002,4001,6001,6001,5001,500
Cornwall3,0003,0003,0002,9005,6005,7005,5005,600
Plymouth2,9002,8002,9003,1001,2001,2001,1001,000
Torbay1,3001,2001,2001,300700700700700
Devon5,9005,7005,5004,9005,9005,7005,6005,700
Bournemouth1,0001,0001,0001,1001,2001,3001,2001,200
Poole1,6001,5001,4001,500800900900900
Dorset4,8004,5004,5004,2002,3002,4002,2002,100
Gloucestershire6,4006,2005,9006,0003,7003,6003,4003,400
Somerset3,7003,6003,5003,4005,6005,5005,4005,300
Swindon4003004004002,8002,5002,4002,200
Wiltshire4,4004,4004,4004,2003,4003,3003,2003,100
England409,000400,200393,900384,400435,300426,900411,700401,800


(111)Further education colleges will include a small number of 16 and 17 year-olds in HE institutions.
(112)Provisional



 
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Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to assist recruitment and retention in further education colleges. [15277]

Bill Rammell: The Government are committed to supporting FE colleges in their efforts to recruit and retain high calibre staff and currently fund two specific programmes of financial incentives to encourage
 
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teachers to work in colleges. A pilot programme offering bursaries to trainee teachers undertaking a full-time postgraduate certificate of education; a programme offering Golden Hellos" to new college teachers in certain designated shortage subjects. In addition the keyworker living programme offers support to FE teachers in London and the South East in respect of housing costs.
 
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These financial incentives are currently under review and the outcome of the review will be announced shortly.

Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effect of differential rates of pay between further education colleges' staff and school sixth form colleges on recruitment and retention in each over the last five years. [15278]

Bill Rammell: No such assessment has been made. Pay is a matter for individual colleges as autonomous employers.

Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on her policy on further education colleges charging employers for training staff in NVQ level 1 and level 2. [15279]

Bill Rammell: The Government's Skills Strategy, reaffirmed in the White Paper published on the 22 March, sets clear priorities for public funding to support the drive to ensure that employers have the skills they need to be successful, and individuals have the skills they need to be employable and personally fulfilled. Finding a new balance of responsibilities between Government, employers and learners is crucial. My Department's policy is that employers should pay a contribution towards the tuition fee costs for all employees undertaking publicly supported training unless those learners are eligible for free provision eg if the learners are studying for a first full level 2 qualification or undertaking a literacy, numeracy or English language course.


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