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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what training staff at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have to undertake in order to teach sex and relationships education; 
(3) what her latest estimate is of the proportion of parents who withdraw their child from the non-statutory elements of sex and relationships education in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England; 
Jacqui Smith: All teachers of sex and relationship education are encouraged to undertake the Government funded teachers' certificate in personal social and health education (PSHE). The certificate supports standards in the delivery of PSHE teaching including sex and relationship education and is available to both primary and secondary school teachers. Almost 5,000 teachers have undertaken the certificate since 2002. A PSHE certificate programme is also available to school and community nurses who support sex education in schools. Over 600 nurses have undertaken the certificate.
The statutory requirements for sex education are outlined in national curriculum science. In addition, secondary schools must teach about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Other discretionary elements of sex and relationship education are included in the non-statutory PSHE framework. Schools are able to develop their own sex education programmes beyond the statutory minimum taking into account the views of parents and the needs of pupils. Schools are free to determine their own sex education policy taking account of the requirements of the national curriculum and guidance issued by the Secretary of State.
We do not collect data centrally on the numbers of parents withdrawing pupils from the non-statutory elements of sex education. Ofsted (Sex and Relationships, 2002") estimates 0.04 per cent. of parents exercise this right.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people who (a) are working for and (b) have worked for her Department in Coventry in the last 10 years (i) are on and (ii) have been on the Sex Offenders Register. 
Ruth Kelly: My statement and the accompanying report explain the work under way to establish how many people on the list of registered sex offenders are currently employed in schools in England and Wales.
It is not the Government's policy to reveal publicly information that may lead to the identification and whereabouts of any individual on the Sex Offenders Register. Identifying individuals in this way does not enhance child protection.
|Number of schools in special measures|
Lorely Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will assess the cost-effectiveness of unifying teachers' pension benefits for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 
Jacqui Smith: There are no plans to assess the cost-effectiveness of unifying teachers' pension benefits for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In practice there is a great deal of commonality across the UK pension schemes for teachers but, as part of the Devolution arrangements, it is important that Ministers in each country's Education Department have the freedom to adapt teachers' remuneration packages, of which pensions form a part, to meet differing recruitment and retention needs.
|Number of day pupils of compulsory school age||Number of pupils absent(26)|
Information on unauthorised absence in England 2004/05 can be found in table 6 of SFR 56/2005, Pupil Absence in Schools in England 2004/05 (Revised). This can be found at the following website: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000626/index.shtml.
DfES provides funding for HE institutions through annual grants to the Higher Education funding council (HEFCE). In allocating grant to institutions, HEFCE reflect the fact that
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different levels of resource per student are required for different subject groups. The table shows the unit of resource per full-time equivalent student per year. Figures relate to grant for teaching plus assumed tuition fee income only.
|Assumed unit of resource per FTE student per year (200506) (£)|
|The clinical stages of medicine and dentistry and veterinary science||14,432|
|Laboratory based subjects (science, pre-clinical stages of medicine and dentistry, engineering and technology)||6,134|
|Subjects with a studio, laboratory or fieldwork element||4,690|
|All other subjects||3,608|
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are in receipt of child benefit allowance in the Crosby constituency; and what percentage they constitute of the total population of the constituency. 
|200304 rates||Change||200405 rates||Change||200506 rates|
|Child Tax Credit|
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