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Office of the Independent Adjudicator

Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator in solving disagreements between students and universities; and if he will make a statement. [80595]

Bill Rammell: The provisions of the Higher Education Act 2004 require the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) to produce an annual report which must include information about:

We receive and monitor this information regularly and I will make an assessment on the basis of the OIA's annual report which will be published later this year.

Older People (Skills Training)

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) grants and (b) training schemes are available through his Department (i) for people over 55 years and (ii) for people in retirement to learn new job skills. [80745]

Phil Hope: In England the priorities for public funding of adult learning are to help those adults without the skills for life and employability, regardless of age. Tuition in literacy and numeracy is free and there will be an entitlement to free tuition for a first full
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level 2 qualification across England from September this year for all adults irrespective of age. All adults can access a wide range of training courses offered by further education college and other FE providers where, currently, on average 72.5 per cent. of the tuition costs of courses are met by public funding through the Learning and Skills Council. In addition all those on income related benefits and their families are eligible for free tuition on further education courses.

There is also financial support to meet the costs of learning, such as books, equipment, child care and transport; it is discretionary, disbursed by colleges and targeted on the most disadvantaged and needy regardless of age. The Adult Learning Grant offers an entitlement of up to £30 per week to individuals on low income undertaking a first full level 2 or level 3 qualification. From September 2006 this will be available to adults aged 19 plus in 24 of the 47 LSC areas, and nationally from September 2007.

Part-time Students

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people started studying for a degree on a part-time basis in each of the last 10 years. [81342]

Bill Rammell: The available information is given in the table.

Part-time entrants to first degree courses at English HE institutions, 1995/96 to 2004/05
Academic year Entrants at English HEIs (excluding the Open university) Entrants at the Open university( 1)

1995/96

28,600

28,135

1996/97

27,460

n/a

1997/98

26,240

n/a

1998/99

28,460

n/a

1999/2000

28,110

n/a

2000/01

25,395

n/a

2001/02

26,990

n/a

2002/03

27,565

n/a

2003/04

27,700

25,680

2004/05

26,075

32,030

(1) Figures for the Open university have been listed separately as in some years we are unable to identify first degree students from all undergraduate students (as all undergraduate students are recorded as studying for ‘undergraduate credits’) and in some years we are unable to identify entrants. Note: Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December and are rounded to the nearest 5. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people completed a degree via part-time study in each of the last 10 years. [81343]

Bill Rammell: The latest available information is given in the table.


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First degree qualifications obtained from part-time study at English HE institutions
Academic year Qualifications

1995/96

22,130

1996/97

22,350

1997/98

22,000

1998/99

22,650

1999/2000

21,975

2000/01

23,205

2001/02

23,630

2002/03

24,780

2003/04

24,425

2004/05

27,215

Notes: 1. Figures exclude students obtaining qualifications from dormant modes of study. 2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) student record.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many women aged (a) 18 to 24, (b) 25 to 34, (c) 35 to 44 and (d) 45 years and over are enrolled in part-time study at universities in England. [81344]

Bill Rammell: The latest available information is given in the following table.


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Part time female enrolments at English HE institutions( 1) , 2004/05
Age( 2) PG 1( st) degree Other UG Total

<18 years

5

15

710

730

18 to 24 years

10,290

18,420

22,110

50,825

25 to 34 years

40,820

35,015

51,605

127,440

35 to 44 years

32,790

36,015

57,285

126,090

45+ years

27,425

25,410

60,260

113,090

Total

111,330

114,875

191,975

418,175

(1) Including the Open University. (2) As at 31 August 2004. Note: Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December and are rounded to the nearest 5. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

PE Teachers

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many trained physical education teachers there were in England in each of the last five years. [81219]

Jim Knight: Information on the number of teachers teaching by subject and qualification is collected for England in periodic staffing surveys the last of which was conducted in November 2002.

The following tables provide the available information.


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D8 Teachers in Service: Full-time teachers in maintained secondary schools—Highest post A-level qualifications( 1) held in the subjects they teach( 2) to year groups 7-13, England
Percentage
Degree( 3) BEd PGCE Cert Ed Other Qual. No Qual. Total teachers (Thousand)

Mathematics

42 ± 3

15 ± 2

9 ± 2

7 ± 1

2 ± 1

24 ± 2

28.2

English

51 ± 3

15 ± 2

7 ± 1

6 ± 1

1 ± 1

20 ± 2

29.4

Combined/General science

62 ± 3

12 ± 2

10 ± 2

4 ± 1

1 ± 1

11 ± 2

28.3

Biology(4)

71 ± 5

7 ± 3

11 ± 4

3 ± 2

- ± 1

7 ± 3

5.6

Chemistry(4)

72 ± 5

6 ± 3

12 ± 4

1 ± 1

1 ± 1

7 ± 3

5.2

Physics(4)

63 ± 6

11 ± 4

15 ± 4

3 ± 2

- ± -

8 ± 3

4.7

Other sciences(4)

10 ± 6

4 ± 4

5 ± 4

- ± -

- ± -

80 ± 8

1.6

French

54 ± 3

7 ± 2

10 ± 2

3 ± 1

2 ± 1

23 ± 3

16.0

German

47 ± 5

6 ± 3

13 ± 4

1 ± 1

2 ± 1

30 ± 5

6.9

Spanish

37 ± 7

8 ± 4

19 ± 6

- ± -

3 ± 2

33 ± 7

3.6

Other modern languages

18 ± 8

- ± -

9 ± 7

- ± -

3 ± 4

71 ±10

1.4

Design and technology(5)

26 ± 3

20 ± 3

7 ± 2

21 ± 3

2 ± 1

24 ± 3

20.9

ICT(5, 6)

13 ± 2

6 ± 1

8 ± 2

2 ± 1

3 ± 1

69 ± 3

18.9

Other/Combined technology(5)

30± 1 0

13 ± 8

16 ± 7

18 ± 9

2 ± 3

20 ± 9

1.6

Business studies

30 ± 5

11 ± 4

9 ± 3

4 ± 2

3 ± 2

43 ± 5

6.5

Classics

33 ± 7

- ± -

2 ± 4

2 ± -

- ± -

63 ± 7

1.0

History

57 ± 4

9 ± 2

6 ± 2

6 ± 2

- ± -

23 ± 3

13.7

Religious education

22 ± 3

8 ± 2

8 ± 2

4 ± 1

2 ± 1

57 ± 4

14.2

Geography

53 ± 4

9 ± 2

6 ± 2

5 ± 2

1 ± 1

25 ± 3

13.7

Other social studies

35 ± 5

6 ± 3

2 ± 2

2 ± 1

- ± 1

54 ± 6

4.9

Combined arts/humanities/ social studies

5 ± 3

4 ± 2

7 ± 3

1 ± 1

1 ± 1

83 ± 5

5.3

Music

59 ± 5

15 ± 4

5 ± 2

6 ± 3

2 ± 2

13 ± 4

6.3

Drama

25 ± 4

10 ± 3

12 ± 3

6 ± 2

2 ± 1

45 ± 5

8.1

Art and design

54 ± 4

10 ± 3

7 ± 2

9 ± 3

1 ± 1

20 ± 4

9.3

Physical education

25 ± 3

31 ± 3

6 ± 2

13 ± 2

2 ± 1

22 ± 2

21.4

Careers education

2 ± 2

1 ± 2

3 ± 3

4 ± 4

3 ± 4

87 ± 7

1.5

PSHE(6)

1 ± -

1 ± -

2 ± 1

1 ± -

- ± -

95 ± 1

61.4

General studies

1 ± 1

2 ± 1

1 ± 1

- ± 1

- ± -

95 ± 2

7.1

Citizenship

2 ± 1

1 ± 1

2 ± 1

- ± 1

- ± -

94 ± 2

9.0

Other

32.8

Total(2, 7)

33 ± -

10 ±-

7 ± -

5 ± -

1 ± -

44 ± -

388.4

‘-’ = zero or less than 0.5.
(1) Where a teacher has more than one post A-level qualification in the same subject, the qualification level is determined by the highest level reading from left (Degree) to right (Other Qual.). For example, teachers shown under PGCE have a PGCE but not a degree or BEd in the subject, while those with a PGCE and a degree are shown only under Degree.
(2) Teachers are counted once against each subject which they are teaching.
(3) Includes higher degrees but excludes BEds.
(4) Teachers qualified in combined/general science are treated as qualified to teach biology, chemistry, or physics. Teachers qualified in biology, chemistry or physics are treated as qualified to teach combined/general science.
(5) Teachers qualified in other/combined technology are treated as qualified to teach design and technology or information and communication technology. Teachers qualified in design and technology or information and communication technology are treated as qualified to teach other/combined technology.
(6) Information and Communication Technology is abbreviated as ICT and Personal Social and Health Education is abbreviated as PSHE.
(7) ‘Other’ not included in total percentages.
Source:
Secondary Schools Curriculum and Staffing Survey 2002.

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