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Language Teaching

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on teaching in languages other than English in state education institutions; and if she will make a statement. [59813]

Jacqui Smith: We would certainly expect teaching in most state education institutions in England to be delivered in the English language.

One objective of the curriculum is to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. This implies that pupils in maintained schools in England should be taught to read, write and speak English as appropriate to their age group. Standard assessment tests (SATS) are also set in English.

Where pupils have English as a second language, schools have a responsibility to support them in developing their language skills so that they can access the full range of curriculum provision.
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Modern Apprenticeships

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many heavy vehicle fitting apprenticeships were available in England in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005. [56274]

Phil Hope: Data on the availability of heavy vehicle fitting apprenticeships is not held centrally. Information on how many young people are currently participating in each apprenticeship framework is available on the internet at:

Nursery Education

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools providing nursery education have been put into special measures in each year for which figures are available. [60892]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 23 March 2006]: The following table shows the total number of primary schools currently with nursery classes that went into special measures in each academic year from 1993/94 and the number of maintained nursery schools that went into special measures in this period. The final column shows the total number of primary schools, with or without nursery provision, going into special measures.

This table is based on those primary schools which have nursery provision now. Comprehensive data are not available to show whether each primary school had nursery provision at the time it was placed in special measures.
Primary schools currently with nursery provision that went into special measuresMaintained nursery schools that went into special measuresTotal number of primary schools that went into special measures

PE Teachers

Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make a statement on the changes in targets for training physical education teachers since 2004–05; [60504]

(2) how many vacancies there have been for physical education teachers in each academic year since 1997–98; [60505]

(3) what the allocated number of physical education initial teacher training places was in each academic year since 1997–98; and how many are planned in each year to 2007–08. [60506]

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Jacqui Smith: The total number of secondary school initial teacher training places will reduce by 1,000 in each of the next two years. Places will fall for all subjects except maths and science in which subjects there are still the highest numbers of school vacancies. This reflects the projected fall in the secondary pupil population, which is expected to decline by about 30,000 pupils per year for the next 10 years

In setting the numbers of training places for PE, we take into account a number of specific factors affecting the subject, for example the extra demand for PE teachers from the creation of specialist sports colleges and the National School Sport Strategy.

The latter creates demand for school sport co-ordinators in secondary schools, primary link teachers in primary schools, directors of sport in specialist sports colleges and partnership development managers for school sport partnerships.

PE is in a relatively strong position having had a substantial increase in the number of training places allocated to it, most notably in 2003/04. It also has a lower than average national classroom teacher vacancy rate.
Full-time classroom teacher vacancy rates in maintained secondary schools in England at January of each year

Physical educationAll secondary Schools

618G survey

Initial teacher training places for physical education in England


Publication Pulping

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the publications identified as pulped in quantity on page 62 of her Department's resource accounts; how many of each publication were pulped; what was the face value of each pulped publication; and what the cost was of disposal. [53120]

Bill Rammell [pursuant to the reply, 13 March 2006, Official Report, c. 1876W]: It should be noted that the figures given for the following four titles were incorrect. They should read:
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Publication title

Number pulped
Unit replacement cost (£)
Framework for teaching mathematics Years 7, 8 and 951,6821.30
Framework for teaching mathematics Years 7, 8 and 957,1291.30
Framework for teaching mathematics Years 7, 8 and 957,7681.30
Framework for teaching mathematics Years 7, 8 and 932,5241.30

The materials, listed in my original answer were part of the total departmental stock losses of £866,000 in 2004–05. The departmental stock loses in 2003–04 were £5.724 million.

School Finance

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 15 February to Question [49418], if she will make a written statement on when she plans to place figures on school funding in the Library. [53832]

Jacqui Smith: On 16 January 2006 we placed in the House of Commons Library the latest release of my Department's series showing total revenue funding per pupil in each year from 1997–98 to 2005–06, updated to reflect the latest GDP deflators. A version of the series is also available on the Teachernet website.

As I made clear in my answer to PQ [49418], the Department continues to work on figures for spending on school provision in the years before 2006–07 so that they are comparable with the new funding system based around the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). There has been no change in our plans for producing this data: it will be placed in the Library as soon as it is available.

The data I placed in the Library to accompany my written statement of 7 December 2005 on the School Funding settlement for 2006–07 and 2007–08, sets out how much DSG each authority will receive for those years. That statement and more detailed information may also be found on the Teachernet website.

School Meals

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school children in each London constituency (a) receive free school meals and (b) pay for school meals, broken down by school. [60550]

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Jacqui Smith: A table showing information on free school meals taken as well as pupils known to be eligible for free schools meals has been placed in the House Library.

Two sets of figures relating to the number and proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals are given here. The first includes all pupils in the school, regardless of their age. The second includes full time pupils aged up to (and including) 15 and part time pupils aged five to 15 (inclusive). This second coverage is as used in the Pupil Achievement Tracker and Ofsted's PANDA reports and provides consistent school level comparisons.

Information on the number of pupils who pay for school meals is not collected centrally.

Ann Keen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when (a) the London borough of Hounslow education authority and (b) schools in Hounslow will receive extra funding to improve school meals. [62118]

Jacqui Smith: The Government are determined to transform the quality of food in schools and support the work local authorities and schools are doing to raise the nutritional standards of school meals.

In March 2005 the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Ruth Kelly, announced a £235 million package to transform the quality of school meals. In October 2005, as part of a three year package and paid as part of their standards fund allocations, schools received a share of £30 million to enable them to fund local improvements such as increased training working hours for school cooks. A further £60 million (£30 million/£30 million) will be paid in 2006 and 2007. Over the same period, local authorities will receive £130 million (£30 million/£50 million/£50 million).

The London borough of Hounslow education authority received £138,419 from the Targeted School Meals Grant for 2005–06. In addition, schools were each awarded a lump sum of £1,070 per primary school and £1,500 per secondary school, with an additional amount per pupil. The per pupil amount for PRUs and all schools except nursery schools is 50p; for nursery schools it is 50p for half of FTE pupils, to reflect the fact that fewer pupils in nursery schools take school meals.

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