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Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many physically disabled people have gained the Postgraduate Certificate in Education in each year since 1997. [20799]

Bill Rammell: The latest information is shown in the following table.
Number of students obtaining PGCEs15,87015,59015,30016,92518,53020,41523,325
of which, those with:
Physical disabilities(54)70504550757090
Other disabilities(55)350375345430580695880
No known disability14,58014,58014,02515,88017,46519,25021,755
Not known(56)870585885565410400600

(54) Includes students who recorded their disability as blind, deaf, wheelchair users or with personal care support.
(55) Includes students who recorded their disability as mental health difficulties, dyslexia, an unseen disability, multiple disabilities, or any other disability.
(56) Not all students indicated whether or not they had a disability.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5.


Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) 19-year-olds and (b) 59 to 64-year-olds are economically inactive and do not have a Level 2 qualification. [25473]

Bill Rammell: From the summer 2005 Labour Force Survey we estimate that (a) 7.0 per cent. of 19 to 21-year-olds and (b) 11.0 per cent. of 59 to 64-year-olds in England are economically inactive and do not have a Level 2 qualification.

For comparison, 9.8 per cent. of the adult population in England are economically inactive and do not have a Level 2 qualification.

School Admissions

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research she has commissioned on the effect of current school admissions policies on house prices in the vicinity of popular schools. [25595]

Jacqui Smith: The Secretary of State has not commissioned specific research of this type. However, we are aware of research by Professor Steven Machin and Dr. Steve Gibbons in 2001 which shows that more affluent parents, who can afford to move into the catchment area of popular schools, drive up house prices. This makes it harder for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to secure places.

Our White Paper Higher Standards, Better Schools For All—More choice for parents and pupils" outlines our proposals to extend choice and open up access to schools for more parents, underpinned by a fair admissions system.

School Sports

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary state schools in England offer pupils the chance to participate in (i) baseball, (ii) basketball, (iii) volleyball, (iv) handball and (v) softball. [25648]

Jacqui Smith: This information is not collected in the format requested. However, the 2004/05 School Sport Survey of schools in School Sport Partnerships collected data relating to the range of sports which schools provided for their pupils. No schools in the survey reported providing baseball or handball for their pupils in 2004/05. 16 per cent. of schools provided softball for their pupils; 25 per cent. provided volleyball; and 63 per cent. provided basketball. Overall, schools provided an average of 15 different sports for their pupils. The results of the survey were published in September this year and copies have been placed in the House Libraries.

Qualification Statistics

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the working age population in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency and (b) Hertfordshire hold a qualification (i) at degree level and (ii) above degree level. [25567]

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Bill Rammell: This data is not available in precisely the form requested. Table 1 shows the proportion of the working age population with a level 4/level 5 qualification 1 , as their highest qualification held: so for those with both first and higher degree qualifications, only the latter is recorded (under Level 5"). Data comes from the Local Labour Force Survey for 2004–05.

Table 1: Proportion of the working age population holding a level 4/level 5 qualification, as their highest qualification held.

Level 4Level 5
Hemel Hempstead26.2(57)6.4

(57) This estimate is based on a small sample size and is therefore subject to a higher degree of sampling variability. It should therefore be treated with caution.
The working age population is defined as males and females aged 16–64 and 16–59 respectively.
Local Labour Force Survey for 2004/05.

Schools White Paper

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills further to her oral statement of 25 October 2005, Official Report, column 170, on the Schools White Paper, if she will set out her proposals for incentives to encourage schools to tailor educational provision to the needs of each child. [23714]

Jacqui Smith: Many schools have tailored the curriculum and teaching methods to meet the needs of pupils with great success for many years. We now want this to be common practice across all schools, particularly for children at either end of the ability spectrum whose needs can be the most challenging to meet.

We will therefore allocate £335 million by 2007–08, specifically earmarked within our Dedicated Schools Grant, to provide the resources secondary schools need to start delivering personalised learning for pupils in Key Stage 3, particularly for those who have fallen behind in literacy and numeracy and for those who are gifted or talented. For those schools with the highest numbers of children who have fallen behind we will provide a further targeted £60 million in each of 2006–07 and 2007–08, shared across the primary and secondary sectors, to provide more effective one-to-one and small group tuition. We will also provide all schools with best practice materials, guidance and access to training on the most effective teaching and learning strategies to personalise learning to the needs of each pupil.

Through School Improvement Partners and the new Ofsted inspection regime we will challenge every school to demonstrate they are planning and delivering effective tailored teaching and learning for every child, including the gift and talented. And the achievement and attainment tables for 2006 will show schools'
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success in ensuring pupils achieve not only five good GCSEs but also in the fundamentals of English and mathematics.

Scottish Universities

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make representations to the Scottish Executive on its proposals to treat English students in Scottish universities differently in terms of student costs and finance from other students within the European Union. [24257]

Bill Rammell: The Scottish Executive informed us of their proposed fee levels for all UK and EU students studying at Scottish universities from 2006.

However, following devolution they have full responsibility for the fees charged to all students studying at Scottish institutions, and the support arrangements for students domiciled in Scotland and EU students studying there. While we will ensure that students domiciled in England and studying in Scotland have the necessary fee support available to them, we will not be making any representation to the Scottish Executive on this issue.

Social Care Staff

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information the Children, Young People and Families Workforce Development Council has received on the number of (a) domiciliary care workers, (b) outreach workers, (c) residential child workers, (d) social care managers and (e) staff responsible for recruitment and supervision of social care staff who will be covered by future requirements for registration with the General Social Care Council. [22197]

Maria Eagle: Responsibility for registering categories of social care staff lies with the General Social Care Council (GSCC). Responsibility for collecting numbers of staff is divided between Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) for those working with children and young people and Skills for Care for those working with adults. Data will be collected through the new National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC), launched on 20 October.

At present, the CWDC only has limited data collected from the local authority SSDS001 census of Social Care staff, so figures are likely to be revised as the NMDS-SC data is refreshed and the GSCC sets out its priority order for registration. Current data made available to the CWDC is as follows:

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