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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people (a) entered,
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(b) completed and (c) were participating in modern apprenticeships in each quarter in the past three years, broken down by level. 
Jacqui Smith: Figures relating to new starts on apprenticeship courses and numbers participating quarterly are published biannually, and most recently in the Statistical First Release (SFR): Further Education. Work-based Learning for Young People and Adult and Community LearningLearner Numbers in England on 1 October 2005
|Quarter ending||Advanced apprenticeship||Apprenticeship|
|Quarter ending||Advanced apprenticeship||Apprenticeship|
Figures for those completing apprenticeships are published in terms of success rates for the cohort of people leaving apprenticeship courses, for whatever reason, in that year (as such figures do not include those who remain on their course from one year to the next). Figures are published annually, most recently in the SFR: Further Education and Work Based Learning for Young PeopleLearner Outcomes in England: 2003/04
However, more timely information, including provisional success rate estimates for 2004/05, have been published less formally on the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) website: PartnersWBL Success Rates. The following table brings together figures from the LSC web-site for 2002/03, 2003/04 and 2004/05:
|Advanced apprenticeship||Apprenticeship||All apprenticeship|
|Framework or NVQ||x + y||52||51||51|
|Framework or NVQ||x + y||46||43||44|
|Framework or NVQ||x + y||44||37||39|
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) private, (b) voluntary and (c) independent providers of nursery education have been removed by Ofsted from its approved directory of providers in each year for which figures are available. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 23 March 2006]: This information is not collected centrally. Local authorities are responsible for maintaining a local directory of providers eligible to deliver the free early education entitlement in their area. It is for local authorities to determine whether a provider of free early education should be removed from the directory. This may be as a result of an unsatisfactory Ofsted report or because of failure to meet agreed local conditions.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress the Government
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have made in increasing the number of people holding NVQ Level 2 qualifications since the publication of the Welfare to Workforce Development paper in February 2004. 
Phil Hope: The Labour Force Survey (LFS) shows that the number of people of working age 1 in England who hold an NVQ Level 2 or equivalent qualification or higher has increased by 677,000 between winter 2003 and autumn 2005.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions have taken place between Ministers and (a) the Learning and Skills Council, (b) the Sector Skills Development Agency, (c) Investors in People and (d) the Learning and Skills Development Agency on improving contacts with parliamentarians. 
Bill Rammell: All four of these organisations undertake activities to ensure that they are effectively engaged with Parliament and parliamentarians. Ministers maintain regular contact with all of these bodies on a wide range of issues, and will, where necessary, have discussions on how they can improve their contact with parliamentarians.
For example, the Learning and Skills Council's (LSC) Chief Executive, Mark Haysom, has sought meetings with every English MP to discuss the LSC's work in transforming further education and its work in schools and colleges in Members' constituencies. Local LSCs are encouraged to have an open dialogue with constituency MPs of all parties in order swiftly to answer any concerns or issues that may arise. As part of its restructuring the LSC will ensure, as one of its key priorities, that local and regional staff further develop their relationships with stakeholders, including with MPs.
Both the LSC and the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) are engaged in a number of All-Party Groups and Associate Parliamentary Groups, ensuring that MPs of all parties have the opportunity to question them and raise issues of concern. Representatives from both organisations also appeared before the Education and Skills Select Committee during their inquiry into Further Education in January.
Since May 2005 the Department have received 4,805 written parliamentary questions. There
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are 72 parliamentary questions awaiting reply which have been unanswered for over two weeks.
Jacqui Smith: The Department engages with specific schools on a number of projects and programmes; sometimes to pilot how we deliver new proposals. Some of our larger programmes are trialled as Pathfinders" before being rolled out nationally to ensure the most effective approach is adopted.
Some Pathfinders, such as 14 to 19 Pathfinders and Enterprise Pathfinders, have now concluded their Pathfinder phase. The following Pathfinder programmes are currently operational. Other targeted programmes, for which we use different terminology, are not included here.
We began working with the four BSF Pathfinder projects (Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark was a joint project) in March 2003. Since then three further waves' have been announced, including projects in an additional 33 local authorities.
In addition 13 local authorities have been allocated capital funding from 200607 for a BSF one-school pathfinder project. The LAs involved in the first tranche of these projects are: Bexley, Barnet, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Kingston-upon-Thames, Leicestershire, North Yorkshire, Richmond-upon-Thames, Torbay, Warrington, and Wiltshire. The Department also intends piloting projects by parent promoter groups to establish a new school, in support of the choice, diversity and access agenda. We expect the first of these to be in Barnet.
|Local Authority||Number of Schools|
We set out an expectation that all secondary schools be working in partnership groups to improve outcomes in behaviour and persistent truancy by September 2007. From January 2006, 278 secondary schools will be working together in 37 pathfinder" partnerships, across 19 local authorities.
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|Local Authority||Pathfinder name||Number of secondary schools|
|Leeds||Five groups (no names)||39|
|Lincolnshire||four groups (no names)||8|
|Norfolk||five partnerships (no names)||16|
|North Lines||North Lincs||14|
|North Tyneside||North Tyneside||11|
|North Yorks||three Eastern area partnerships (no names)||13|
|West Sussex||Area Improvement Partnership A'10|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||Maidenhead||5|
|Worcestershire||Four partnerships (no names)||24|
We are engaged in discussions with a range of schools and partners as part of the process of setting up trust pathfinders. We do not currently have a definitive list of these pathfinders. This information will become available as each project is confirmed.
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