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School Sports Facilities

Ms Diana R. Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding her Department has made available for improvement to school sports facilities in (a) Kingston upon Hull and (b) Hull, North in each year since 1997. [64103]

Bill Rammell: The Department for Education and Skills allocates capital funding on a local authority basis. It then relies on the local authority to spend its allocation on improving school sport facilities and other school assets in accordance with priorities set out in the local asset management plan. Accordingly, records held centrally detail allocations at a local authority level.

Capital allocations to the City of Kingston upon Hull and schools in its area have increased significantly in the period 1997–98 to 2005–06, and are set out in the table as follows:
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£ million

The four year period 2001–02 to 2004–05 includes the following Targeted Capital Funding allocations, in date order; £3.9 million, £4.4 million, £0.6 million, £1.0 million.
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Schools Enterprise Education Network

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) objectives, (b) costs and (c) performance measurement criteria will be for the Schools Enterprise Education Network. [63811]

Bill Rammell: The overriding objective of the Schools Enterprise Education Network (SEEN) is to use its experience and expertise to help other schools deliver enterprise education. During the initial start up phase, we have asked the network to establish an effective working relationship with their partner schools, and have provided £1.3 million to enable this to happen.

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, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that local education authorities use their funding flexibly to help with the specific problems faced by service schools; what assessment she has made of the assistance available from local authorities for service children; and how many local education authorities make specific provision for mobility in their funding formulae for schools. [64079]

Bill Rammell: Each local authority is responsible for setting its own local funding formula which is used for delegating resources to schools. Under the school finance regulations, authorities have both the freedom and the flexibility to build factors into their local formulae which can take account of mobility issues as they affect schools with high numbers of children from services' families. Local authorities are best placed to know the needs and circumstances of their individual schools, and so they are responsible for devising formulae which can take such local matters into account.

Skills Training

Ms Diana R. Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department allocated for key skills training in secondary schools in (a) Kingston upon Hull and (b) Hull North constituency in each year since 1997. [64107]

Bill Rammell: Training for key skills teachers is provided through the Key Skills Support Programme (KSSP) which focuses on post-16 learners in schools, colleges and work-based training. The amounts allocated nationally for schools and colleges since the start of the KSSP are set out in the following table.
Financial yearAllocation (£)

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The KSSP is a national programme and the figures in the table represent the total allocations across England for both secondary schools and colleges. More detailed breakdowns, whether by region or by type of institution, are not available.

Student/Staff Ratios

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the student/staff ratio was in (a) universities in England, (b) the University of York and (c) the University College of York St. John in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available. [54835]

Bill Rammell: The Department does not calculate student staff ratios for individual higher education institutions, partly because the amount of time staff spend teaching further education (as opposed to higher education) courses, and the number of students who are taught at other institutions under franchising arrangements, differ between institutions and therefore complicate the calculation of SSRs on a consistent basis for every institution. The latest available information showing student and staff numbers for these institutions, and the comparable figures for all institutions in England, are given in the table.
Higher education students and staff in higher education institutions

University of York8,03095012,6251,195
University College of
York St. John

(270) Postgraduate and undergraduate, students from UK and overseas. Figures are based on a snapshot count as at 1 December.
(271) All full-time and part-time academic staff.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

An SSR for all HE institutions in England as a whole, which takes account of time spent on FE teaching and students taught via franchising, is published annually by the Department. The latest figures show that the SSR was 17.6:1 in 1997/98 and 18.2:1 in 2003/04.

Teacher Pensions

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of members of the teachers' pension scheme joined the scheme (a) before the age of (i) 20, (ii) 25, (iii) 30, (iv) 35, (v) 40 and (vi) 45 and (b) when they were over 45 years. [61393]

Jacqui Smith: The numbers and proportions in the following table are shown against the age at the date of first entry 1 of full-time teachers still in service at March 2004, in maintained, FE and independent sectors, England and Wales.

Age at date of entryNumberPercentageCumulative percentage
Under 204,50011
45 and over18,2003

Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.
Database of Teachers' Records (DTR)

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Teacher Training

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what date a decision was taken to reduce the number of initial teacher training places allocated to the North West of England; and on what date that decision was communicated to bodies responsible for delivering that training. [63650]

Bill Rammell: The Board for the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) approved the methodology for allocating new entrant initial teacher training (ITT) places at its meeting on 14 December 2005 and gave TDA officers the authority to make allocations to individual ITT providers.

The TDA wrote to all ITT providers on 21 December 2005 advising them of their new entrant ITT place allocations for 2006/07 and 2007/08.


Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils played truant in secondary schools in (a) England and (b) Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. [63512]

Beverley Hughes: The Department does not hold data on the levels of truancy. However, the figures for the number of pupils missing at least one half day due to unauthorised absence (of which truancy forms a part) in maintained mainstream schools can be found in the following table.
Number of pupils in maintained secondary schools missing at least one half day due to unauthorised absence

Beverley and Holderness
Number of pupils6,1907,2936,3886,484
Number missing1,2631,8421,386844
Percentage missing20.425.321.713.0
Number of pupils2,786,9432,872,6702,917,6392,956,915
Number missing452,949489,914510,046541,968
Percentage missing16.317.117.518.3

Beverley and Holderness
Number of pupils6,5387,6007,5017,275
Number missing9511,7641,4811,425
Percentage missing14.523.219.719.6
Number of pupils3,003,4693,033,2263,060,4643,037,013
Number missing566,644629,126696,600774,347
Percentage missing18.920.722.825.5

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