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Educational Psychologists

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many educational psychologists are employed by local education authorities. [39516]

Jacqui Smith: Information on the number of educational psychologists in service is collected in January of each year. The following table provides the full-time equivalent number of educational psychologists employed in each local authority in January 1997 and 2005.
Full-time equivalent number of educational psychologists(28) in local authorities in England, January 1997 and 2005

19972005
City of London(28)(28)
Camden816
Greenwich1615
Hackney1112
Hammersmith and Fulham711
Islington1014
Kensington and Chelsea96
Lambeth1314
Lewisham1412
Southwark1415
Tower Hamlets1415
Wandsworth1112
City of Westminster109
Barking and Dagenham1315
Barnet1615
Bexley1114
Brent1214
Bromley1210
Croydon1015
Ealing1314
Enfield1523
Haringey1513
Harrow1113
Havering810
Hillingdon1214
Hounslow1011
Kingston upon Thames58
Merton78
Newham1212
Redbridge811
Richmond upon Thames77
Sutton68
Waltham Forest1312
Birmingham3955
Coventry1311
Dudley1112
Sandwell1416
Solihull912
Walsall1111
Wolverhampton1218
Knowsley95
Liverpool1620
St. Helens68
Sefton1012
Wirral1415
Bolton810
Bury88
Manchester1819
Oldham711
Rochdale86
Salford1011
Stockport1213
Tameside812
Trafford56
Wigan1212
Barnsley49
Doncaster1115
Rotherham129
Sheffield1917
Bradford1913
Calderdale85
Kirklees2225
Leeds1532
Wakefield1011
Gateshead914
Newcastle upon Tyne1413
North Tyneside711
South Tyneside68
Sunderland1211
Isles of Scilly(28)(28)
Bath and North East Somerset5(28)
City of Bristol1716
North Somerset810
South Gloucestershire710
Hartlepool34
Middlesbrough58
Redcar and Cleveland55
Stockton on Tees910
City of Kingston Upon Hull812
East Riding of Yorkshire89
North East Lincolnshire47
North Lincolnshire54
North Yorkshire1316
York79
Bedfordshire1616
Lutonn/a5
Buckinghamshire2523
Milton Keynesn/a12
Derbyshire3231
Derbyn/a11
Dorset2519
Poolen/a7
Bournemouthn/a7
Durham2327
Darlingtonn/a5
East Sussex1817
Brighton and Hoven/a12
Hampshire6152
Portsmouthn/a8
Southamptonn/a13
Leicestershire2619
Leicestern/a26
Rutlandn/a(28)
Staffordshire2828
Stoke on Trentn/a14
Wiltshire1320
Former Berkshire21n/a
Swindonn/a8
Bracknell Forestn/a5
Windsor and Maidenheadn/a6
West Berkshiren/a9
Readingn/a5
Sloughn/a11
Wokinghamn/a7
Cambridgeshire2018
Peterboroughn/a8
Cheshire3025
Haltonn/a6
Warringtonn/a8
Devon3530
Plymouthn/a14
Torbayn/a6
Essex6347
Southend on Sean/a6
Thurrockn/a6
Former Hereford and Worcester22n/a
Herefordshiren/a7
Worcestershiren/a24
Kent5641
Medwayn/a11
Lancashire5543
Blackburn with Darwenn/a11
Blackpooln/a8
Nottinghamshire3329
Nottinghamn/a14
Former Shropshire13n/a
Shropshire(30)n/a(28)
Telford and Wrekin(30)n/a14
Cornwall1317
Cumbria1711
Gloucestershire923
Hertfordshire3538
Isle of Wight46
Lincolnshire1922
Norfolk2426
Northamptonshire2330
Northumberland913
Oxfordshire1827
Somerset1625
Suffolk1620
Surrey3441
Warwickshire1520
West Sussex2235
England1,7682,156




n/a=not available.
(28)Includes those on secondment for in service and initial training for Educational Psychologists.
(29)Signifies <1.
(30)Shropshire Educational Psychologists service is shared with Telford and Wrekin. Numbers are shown under Telford and Wrekin.
Source:
Annual survey of teacher numbers and teacher vacancies, Form618g.




 
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Falling School Rolls

Mrs. Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made by the Department of the effects of falling school rolls in (a) the North East and (b) Gateshead, East and Washington, West constituency. [41621]

Jacqui Smith: The Department's national forecasts indicate that primary school rolls will fall by 129,000 between 2004/05 and 2007/08 with secondary rolls falling by 133,000 between 2004/05 and 2007/08.

Local authority forecast data are at authority level and we do not have forecasts for the Gateshead, East and Washington, West constituency. Gateshead local authority's 2004 forecasts indicate that primary rolls will fall by 1,176 between 2004/05 and 2007/08 and secondary rolls will fall by 422 between 2004/05 and 2010/11. Sunderland local authority's 2004 forecasts indicate that primary rolls will fall by 2,739 between 2004/05 and 2007/08 and secondary rolls will fall by 1,876 between 2004/05 and 2010/11. We have developed a toolkit offering practical advice to help local authorities manage the challenges and opportunities presented by falling primary rolls. The toolkit is available at www.teachernet.gov.uk/fallingrolls.

Foster Carers

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to ensure that foster carers are not discouraged by the welfare and benefits system from taking children on foster placements, with particular reference to housing benefit; and if she will make a statement. [41597]

Maria Eagle: Foster carers play a vital role and we are committed to ensuring that they are not discouraged from caring for children by financial issues.

All payments to foster carers in respect of children placed with them are disregarded in the calculation of entitlements for income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance and housing benefit. For the purposes of jobseeker's allowance, foster carers are treated as not being in remunerative work and so no account is taken of the hours spent in 'caring' for the children whom they are fostering. In cases where single foster parents are caring for a child, they are treated in the same way as lone parents in terms of their entitlement to income support (provided they meet the criteria). This means that their potential entitlement is not dependent on their availability for employment.

Moreover, in March 2003 Home Responsibilities Protection was extended to include foster carers. The number of years they need to work to qualify for the state pension will therefore be reduced to take into account their years of caring (including periods when they are awaiting a placement), thereby increasing their long-term financial security.

Fosterline, a new advice line funded by the DfES, offers information for prospective and existing foster carers on a range of issues, including benefits.

More widely, we are seeking to improve the financialsupport that foster carers receive through the introduction of a national minimum allowance. We shall be consulting on our proposals later this month.
 
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Further Education

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to promote a national brand for (a) sixth-form colleges and (b) general further education colleges, as recommended in the Foster report. [41553]

Bill Rammell: As the Secretary of State for Education and Skills said at the Association of College's annual conference on 16 November, we think Sir Andrew Foster has produced an impressive report which sets out a clear direction of travel. We want to take the time to consider the detailed recommendations in Sir Andrew's report. These recommendations, and how they should be taken forward, are being discussed with the Learning and Skills Council, colleges and other stakeholders. This includes those recommendations that relate to the branding and reputation management of FE and sixth-form colleges. We plan to announce in the spring the next stage of our reform of further education.

Stephen Pound: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that the Learning and Skills Council is able to fund further education colleges sufficiently to meet the demand for places on non-basic skills courses for people aged over 19 years; and if she will make a statement; [40704]

(2) what assessment she has made of the extent to which the Learning and Skills Council is able to fund further education colleges sufficiently to meet the demand from those wishing to study English for speakers of other languages courses; and if she will make a statement. [40705]

Bill Rammell: On 21 October the Government set out their priorities for post-16 education including adult line. I set out the Government's priorities for the learning and skills sector and the impact on funding in 2006–07 and 2007–08 on the 21 October, and full details can be found in Priorities for Success" on the LSC's website. Overall funding for further education (FE) which includes adult skills increased by 4.4 per cent. in 2005–06. Funding for non-vocational learning opportunities for adults, delivered mainly through local authority adult education services, has also increased. In 2004–05 we provided over £207 million to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in support of this learning. This has risen to £210 million in 2005–06. After piloting from 2002 we have also announced the national roll-out of the National Employer Training Programme in 2006–07 with a budget rising to £399 million in 2007–08. Through their dialogue with providers and their assessment of the needs of local communities, LSCs agree plans which enable colleges and other providers to deliver a wide range of learning opportunities to meet the needs of learners and employers. Literacy, numeracy and English language learning is a key priority.


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