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Services Education

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. [51383]

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.


Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department has issued regarding setting children by ability in schools. [51788]

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.

Skills Training (Universities)

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the provision of key skills training in universities. [51728]

Bill Rammell: 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.

Special Needs

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. [51153]

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.

Teacher Training

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) 2006–07 and (b) 2007–08 allocation round. [51475]

Jacqui Smith: The cohort size of each school-centred initial teacher training scheme and the percentage change in cohort size for the 2006–07 and 2007–08 allocation round is provided in the following table.
Provider name2005/06 allocationChangePercentage change2006/07 allocationChangePercentage change2007/08 allocation
Billericay Educational Consortium25-1-4.024-1-4.223
Birmingham Primary Training Partnership25-1-4.024-1-4.223
Borough of Poole SCITT2500.02500.025
Bournemouth and East Dorset SCITT25-2-8.023-1-4.322
Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset East SCITT2400.02400.024
Bromley Schools Collegiate3000.03000.030
Chiltern Training Group5800.05800.058
Colchester SCITT4200.04200.042
Cornwall Early Years SCITT25-2-8.023-1-4.322
Cornwall SCITT5800.058-2-3.456
Cumbria Primary Teacher Training Centre26-1-3.825-1-4.024
Devon Primary SCITT Group3000.03000.030
Devon Secondary Teacher Training Group2700.027-2-7.425
Durham Secondary Applied SCITT3026.73200.032
Essex Primary Schools Training Group2500.02500.025
Forest Independent Primary Collegiate22-1-4.52100.021
Gateshead 3–72500.02500.025
Gloucestershire SCITT Consortium3525.73700.037
Hastings and Rother SCITT2100.02100.021
High Force Education30-1-3.329-1-3.428
Jewish Primary Schools Consortium20-4-20.01600.016
Kent and Medway Training4300.04300.043
Langdale Early Years SCITT30-5-16.72500.025
Leeds SCITT2627.72800.028
Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT2500.02500.025
London Arts Consortium1300.01300.013
London Diocesan Board of Schools25-2-8.023-1-4.322
Marches Consortium SCITT123-2-1.6121-2-1.7119
Maryvale Institute20-3-15.01700.017
Mid Essex SCITT Consortium28-1-3.62700.027
Middlesbrough SCITT1900.01900.019
North Bedfordshire Consortium2400.02400.024
North East Essex Coastal Confederation2400.02400.024
Northampton Teacher Training Partnership23-6-26.11700.017
Northumbria DT Partnership31-3-9.72800.028
Nottingham City Primary SCITT25-2-8.023-1-4.322
Outstanding Primary Schools SCITT711115.58200.082
Portsmouth Primary SCITT2500.02500.025
Primary Catholic Partnership26-1-3.825-1-4.024
Shire Foundation25-2-8.023-1-4.322
Solihull SCITT Consortium2700.02700.027
Somerset SCITT Consortium2200.02200.022
South Essex, Southend and Thurrock000.03000.030
South London Teacher Training SCITT2700.02700.027
South West Teacher Training4000.040-2-5.038
Suffolk and Norfolk Secondary SCITT52-1-1.95100.051
Suffolk and Norfolk Primary SCITT57-2-3.555-2-3.653
Swindon SCITT3000.03000.030
Tendring Hundred Primary SCITT000.02000.020
Thames Primary Consortium29-1-3.428-1-3.627
The Dorset Teacher Training Partnership24-1-4.223-1-4.322
The Grand Union Training Partnership25-1-4.02400.024
The Learning institute3200.03200.032
The North East Partnership25-3-12.022-3-13.619
The Pilgrim Partnership40-1-2.539-2-5.137
The Titan Partnership Secondary SCITT26-1-3.82500.025
Wandsworth Schools Consortium38-1-2.637-2-5.435
West Mercia Consortium30-6-20.024-4-16.720

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Veterinary Students

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will include veterinary students in the exemption from tuition fees. [51439]

Bill Rammell: The Education (Student Support) Regulations 2006, which come into effect from September this year, do not exempt any group of students from the payment of tuition fees.

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.

Youth Support Services

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. [51193]

Maria Eagle: 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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