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Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many initial teacher training (ITT) students graduated in each of the last five years; how many newly qualified teacher (NQT) placement opportunities were available in each year; and how many ITT students failed to obtain NQT placements beginning in the September after achieving a post-graduate certificate in education (a) in England and (b) in each region. 
The figures in the table include trainees on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The figures for 1999/2000 and 2000/01 do not include employment based routes. Employment based routes data are available from 2001/02 to 2003/04 only.
There is no formal concept of 'NQT placements'. Data are not held on the number of NQTs who fail to find employment each September, but only on those who are actively seeking employment six months after gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
By region, the following numbers of newly qualified teachers from postgraduate initial teacher training
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courses responded to the survey that they were seeking employment as a teacher. The last figure in each row shows the number of vacancies for classroom teachers in
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nursery, primary and secondary schools (excluding special schools and pupil referral units) in each region as at January 2005.
|QTS awarded in academic year:||1999/2000||2000/01||2001/02||2002/03||2003/04|
|Still seeking employment:||March 2001||March 2002||March 2003||March 2004||March 2005||Vacancies January 2005|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||17||35||51||101||92||172|
|Total postgraduate trainees awarded QTS||14,846||16,153||19,074||22,691||25,755|
Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in England were without a permanent head teacher for a period in the past 12 months broken down by (i) region and (ii) local education authority. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) local partnership teams will (a) employ additional staff and (b) use existing LSC staff. 
Bill Rammell: The LSC's local partnership teams will provide a national network of skilled and experienced education and training professionals who will work with key partners to tackle local learning and skills needs. The Teams will support the Government's 1419 agenda, as well as taking forward work on personal and community development, and ensuring that national and regional priorities are delivered in a way that best meets local needs.
Where the LSC feels it does not have sufficient numbers of staff in a particular area with the necessary skills and expertise for a local partnership team, then it may employ additional staff from further education, local authorities and the private sector, if appropriate.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the £40 million her Department is making available for part-time students will be administered (a) through the Learning and Skills Council and (b) to students pursuing tertiary education through colleges of further education. 
Bill Rammell: The Department for Education and Skills and the Higher Education Funding Council for England are both making an extra £20 million available in each of 200607 and 200708 which the Higher Education Funding Council for England will distribute between providers of higher education through a formula which takes account of part-time widening participation students. Colleges which provide higher as well as further education will receive their fair share of the total and stand to benefit from this formula. The detailed allocations to individual institutions will be announced in March 2006.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much each Learning and Skills Council in the Eastern Region spent on entertaining (a) in 2005 to date and (b) in 2004. 
Bill Rammell: I have overall responsibility for the LSC, however the operations of the LSC are managed and overseen by Mark Haysom, the LSC's chief executive and as entertainment costs of local councils are a matter for the LSC. Mark Haysom has written to the hon. Gentleman with further information. A copy of his reply has been placed in the House Libraries.
|Location||200405||200506 to date|
Jacqui Smith: We have expanded the list of qualifications that count towards performance table scores to include more language qualifications. In addition to the European Union working languages, there are approved qualifications available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Irish, Japanese, Modern Hebrew, Punjabi, Persian, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.
Last September we launched the Languages Ladderthe national, voluntary recognition scheme for languageswhich is an additional route for endorsing achievement in language skills at all levels of competence in a wide range of languages. It allows learners to progress in one or more of the four skills in one or more languages. In the first year, the scheme offers assessment opportunities in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu. Additional languages will be available from autumn 2006 and are likely to include Arabic, Bengali, Irish, Gujarati, Hindi, Modern Greek, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Swedish, Tamil, Turkish, Welsh and Yoruba. The external assessment which learners can choose to take at the end of each stage of the scheme leads to an accredited qualificationAsset Languages offered by Cambridge Assessmentand attracts assessment and attainment points which contribute to a school's performance table.
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