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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 686W, on services education, how many admission forums have service representatives sitting on them. 
Jacqui Smith: The Department does not collect information about the membership of admission forums. The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS), an agency of the Ministry of Defence that supports service families, believe that the CEAS, along with some Army and RAF welfare personnel, are represented on 15 admission forums.
Jacqui Smith: We have published case studies, research evidence and, through our National Strategies and Gifted and Talented programmes, issued guidance to schools to help support their own professional judgement when considering a range of ability grouping practices to better meet the learning needs of pupils and ensure their progression.
Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are autonomous organisations and are therefore responsible for assuring the quality and standards of their own provision. However, there are a number of
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national measures in place to assist institutions in maintaining and continually improving standards, and to safeguard the public interest in sound quality and standards in higher education. These measures include the Quality Assurance Agency for higher education (QAA) and the Higher Education Academy, a sector owned body, set up to enhance teaching and learning in universities and colleges.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the adequacy of special needs education funding in Hertfordshire; and if she will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: Local authorities have a duty to make appropriate provision for all pupils in their area, including those with special educational needs (SEN), through their locally agreed funding formula. In common with other authorities, Hertfordshire has benefited from the significant increases in funding that this Government have committed to education since 1997 and is set to receive an increase of 13.2 per cent. per pupil in its dedicated schools grant over the next two years.
Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cohort size of each school-centred initial teacher training scheme is; and what the percentage change in the cohort size of each scheme is for the (a) 200607 and (b) 200708 allocation round. 
Jacqui Smith: The cohort size of each school-centred initial teacher training scheme and the percentage change in cohort size for the 200607 and 200708 allocation round is provided in the following table.
|Provider name||2005/06 allocation||Change||Percentage change||2006/07 allocation||Change||Percentage change||2007/08 allocation|
|Billericay Educational Consortium||25||-1||-4.0||24||-1||-4.2||23|
|Birmingham Primary Training Partnership||25||-1||-4.0||24||-1||-4.2||23|
|Borough of Poole SCITT||25||0||0.0||25||0||0.0||25|
|Bournemouth and East Dorset SCITT||25||-2||-8.0||23||-1||-4.3||22|
|Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset East SCITT||24||0||0.0||24||0||0.0||24|
|Bromley Schools Collegiate||30||0||0.0||30||0||0.0||30|
|Chiltern Training Group||58||0||0.0||58||0||0.0||58|
|Cornwall Early Years SCITT||25||-2||-8.0||23||-1||-4.3||22|
|Cumbria Primary Teacher Training Centre||26||-1||-3.8||25||-1||-4.0||24|
|Devon Primary SCITT Group||30||0||0.0||30||0||0.0||30|
|Devon Secondary Teacher Training Group||27||0||0.0||27||-2||-7.4||25|
|Durham Secondary Applied SCITT||30||2||6.7||32||0||0.0||32|
|Essex Primary Schools Training Group||25||0||0.0||25||0||0.0||25|
|Forest Independent Primary Collegiate||22||-1||-4.5||21||0||0.0||21|
|Gloucestershire SCITT Consortium||35||2||5.7||37||0||0.0||37|
|Hastings and Rother SCITT||21||0||0.0||21||0||0.0||21|
|High Force Education||30||-1||-3.3||29||-1||-3.4||28|
|Jewish Primary Schools Consortium||20||-4||-20.0||16||0||0.0||16|
|Kent and Medway Training||43||0||0.0||43||0||0.0||43|
|Langdale Early Years SCITT||30||-5||-16.7||25||0||0.0||25|
|Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT||25||0||0.0||25||0||0.0||25|
|London Arts Consortium||13||0||0.0||13||0||0.0||13|
|London Diocesan Board of Schools||25||-2||-8.0||23||-1||-4.3||22|
|Marches Consortium SCITT||123||-2||-1.6||121||-2||-1.7||119|
|Mid Essex SCITT Consortium||28||-1||-3.6||27||0||0.0||27|
|North Bedfordshire Consortium||24||0||0.0||24||0||0.0||24|
|North East Essex Coastal Confederation||24||0||0.0||24||0||0.0||24|
|Northampton Teacher Training Partnership||23||-6||-26.1||17||0||0.0||17|
|Northumbria DT Partnership||31||-3||-9.7||28||0||0.0||28|
|Nottingham City Primary SCITT||25||-2||-8.0||23||-1||-4.3||22|
|Outstanding Primary Schools SCITT||71||11||15.5||82||0||0.0||82|
|Portsmouth Primary SCITT||25||0||0.0||25||0||0.0||25|
|Primary Catholic Partnership||26||-1||-3.8||25||-1||-4.0||24|
|Solihull SCITT Consortium||27||0||0.0||27||0||0.0||27|
|Somerset SCITT Consortium||22||0||0.0||22||0||0.0||22|
|South Essex, Southend and Thurrock||0||0||0.0||30||0||0.0||30|
|South London Teacher Training SCITT||27||0||0.0||27||0||0.0||27|
|South West Teacher Training||40||0||0.0||40||-2||-5.0||38|
|Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT||52||-1||-1.9||51||0||0.0||51|
|Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT||57||-2||-3.5||55||-2||-3.6||53|
|Tendring Hundred Primary SCITT||0||0||0.0||20||0||0.0||20|
|Thames Primary Consortium||29||-1||-3.4||28||-1||-3.6||27|
|The Dorset Teacher Training Partnership||24||-1||-4.2||23||-1||-4.3||22|
|The Grand Union Training Partnership||25||-1||-4.0||24||0||0.0||24|
|The Learning institute||32||0||0.0||32||0||0.0||32|
|The North East Partnership||25||-3||-12.0||22||-3||-13.6||19|
|The Pilgrim Partnership||40||-1||-2.5||39||-2||-5.1||37|
|The Titan Partnership Secondary SCITT||26||-1||-3.8||25||0||0.0||25|
|Wandsworth Schools Consortium||38||-1||-2.6||37||-2||-5.4||35|
|West Mercia Consortium||30||-6||-20.0||24||-4||-16.7||20|
From September, no eligible, full-time students will have to pay tuition fees before they start their course or while they are studying as they will be able to take out a fee loan to cover the full cost of their fees.
Some students, exceptionally, have their tuition fees paid in full or part for specific courses leading to public sector employment, including medical courses and some teacher training courses. These schemes are funded by the relevant Government Departments.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role she expects for (a) the voluntary and (b) private sectors in the delivery of youth support services following commissioning under local area agreements. 
We recognise the important role of the voluntary sector in developing and delivering services to young people, particularly those experiencing disadvantage. We are also keen to draw in the contribution of the private sector in planning and delivering a variety of opportunities for young people.
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Local area agreements, involving local authorities and a wide range of local partners, are an important part of these processes. Government offices, who negotiate agreements on behalf of central Government, need to be satisfied that all appropriate partners have been brought into the development, negotiation and delivery of each agreement.
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