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Education and Skills

Adult Education

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the per capita budget for adult community learning is of each local authority area in England, listed in descending order. [81770]

Phil Hope: The exact makeup and distribution of learning provision at local level are matters for local Learning and Skills Councils and their partners in colleges and other providers, according to their assessment of local needs and priorities. Mark Haysom, the LSC's Chief Executive, has written to the hon. Member with more detailed information and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 14 July 2006:

Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the reasons are for the change in levels of funding for adult education in Gravesend; and if he will make a statement. [85869]

Bill Rammell: Since 1997 we have increased investment in further education (FE) by £2.5 billion—around 48 per cent. in real terms. Overall we are broadly maintaining funding for adults programmes at £2.9 million although this will increasingly be focused on our priorities. I announced on 21 October 2005 our priorities for post-16 learning which are: raising participation and achievement of young people; driving down the skills deficit in adult workforce; and ensuring a wide range of learning opportunities at Level 3. I also reaffirmed our commitment to safeguard the funding for personal and community development in mainstream FE and local authority funded adult education with a budget of £210 million in 2006/07.


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The 2006/07 funding allocations for providers in the Gravesend area would have taken into account these priorities as well as local circumstances and need. It is essential that funding is prioritised on these areas if we are to address skills weaknesses and improve productivity.

Providers also have the opportunity, if they succeed in meeting employer needs, to access additional funding through Train to Gain, our new national employer training programme. If successful a provider’s net funding position could therefore increase.

After-school Clubs

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of parents’ willingness to pay for children’s after-school clubs. [86878]

Beverley Hughes: All schools must consult with parents before setting charges for their extended services, including after-school clubs; and must agree and publish charging and remissions policies.

My Department published guidance for schools and local authorities on planning and funding extended services, including after-school clubs, on 5 June 2006. The guidance is intended to help extended schools plan and fund their activities in ways that reflect local needs and circumstances; and build on existing provision offered by the voluntary and private sectors.

Many schools already charge for some after-school activities, offered either as ‘stand alone’ opportunities or as part of childcare provision. Working parents paying for childcare are eligible to apply for the childcare element of the working tax credit, which can recoup up to 80 per cent. of the costs. Our guidance encourages local authorities and schools to help parents to access working tax credits and benefits to which they may be entitled.

Building Schools for the Future

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the criteria for involvement in the Building Schools for the Future pathfinder programme include whether the proposed school or schools admit pupils aged 11 to 16, 11 to 18 or 13 to 18 years. [86745]

Jim Knight: It is for the local authority to choose the secondary school to receive this investment, which must have high building need. The Department has not specified a particular secondary age range.

Bullying

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many incidents of reported (a) racist and (b) homophobic bullying there have been in schools in (i) rural and (ii) non-rural areas in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [85945]

Jim Knight: I refer the hon. Member to my previous answers dated 5 July 2006, Official Report, column 1120W and 28 June 2006, Official Report, column 466W, to the hon. Member of Brent, East (Sarah Teather)


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Child Care Costs

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when his Department plans to publish the results of its research into numbers of nursery, playgroup and day-care providers whose actual costs of provision for three and four year olds exceed the sum received from Government. [86879]

Beverley Hughes: The Department carries out a nationally representative survey of all childcare providers annually to provide a range of data to help monitor progress towards meeting key government targets in the provision of childcare and early years services and to inform the strategic development of policy in this area. The nature of the data collection does not permit separate analysis of costs of provision for three and four year olds for each provider.

Fieldwork for the 2006 survey is currently under-way and will be completed in early September. Results from the survey will be published in spring 2007 and available on the DFES website at http://www.dfes.gov.uk/research. Findings from previous years’ surveys are also published on the DFES website.

Future work is under way in the context of the Comprehensive Spending Review considering the impact on the cost of provision of extending the free entitlement to 15 hours per week and increasing flexibility by 2010. My Department has announced that it will be exploring how to extend the entitlement through pathfinders in a selection of local authorities from April 2007. The pathfinders will also consider the funding implications of extending the free entitlement. Evaluation of the pathfinders will be published in due course.

Child Support

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support services are available for children leaving care in West Lancashire constituency. [83458]

Mr. Dhanda: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 17 July 2006, Official Report, column 167W.

Citizenship Education

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether his review of the citizenship curriculum will include a study of the ways in which (a) Parliament and (b) local government can contribute to the delivery of the curriculum; [81744]

(2) if he will ensure that his review of the citizenship curriculum will include consideration of measures to improve the training available for teachers and other school staff responsible for delivering the curriculum. [81436]

Jim Knight: The Government consider citizenship education an important element of the National Curriculum. The current review of citizenship will focus on the content of the curriculum and the broad themes upon which it is based. We recognise the significant role that Parliament and local government have to play in the education of young people and
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encourage teachers to organise lessons to include active learning about these institutions. Specific guidance on how to do this has been sent to all schools by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Training teachers in the effective delivery of citizenship is a priority and we are funding 1,200 places for the continuing professional development citizenship certification course over the next two years. This is in addition to the 1,000 specialist teachers who will be trained by the end of this year.

Direct Schools Grant

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he used for pupil numbers in each local education authority for the purposes of calculating the direct schools grant for 2005-06; and whether these figures have been revised. [86447]

Jim Knight: Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) was allocated for first time for 2006-07 and 2007-08, replacing the Schools Formula Spending Shares.

The DSG is calculated by multiplying each local authority’s number of full-time equivalent pupils (aged three to 15) by the Guaranteed Unit of Funding as announced in December 2005. This is the sum that each authority knew it would receive for every pupil in its schools in January 2006 and in January 2007.

Indicative allocations of DSG were also issued in December 2005 for 2006-07 and 2007-08. As actual pupil numbers were not available at that time, the indicative allocations were based on forecast pupil numbers for January 2006 and January 2007. Forecasts were based on historical trends, further information can be found in the DSG Explanatory note on allocations and pupil projections at:

Final allocations of DSG for 2006-07 are based on the actual numbers of pupils in the authority’s schools on the January 2006 pupil count date. My Department made it clear that final DSG allocations would be based on actual January 2006 pupil numbers, and that they were advised to make their own predictions of pupil numbers for planning purposes, based on locally available data and as the January 2006 pupil data came in.

The Department issued final allocations of DSG for 2006-07, based on actual January 2006 numbers, on 1 June 2006. Revised forecasts for 2007-08 will be issued over the summer and the 2007-08 allocations of DSG will be finalised around the same time next year.

Examinations

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of examinations taken in (a) mathematics, (b) English, (c) science, (d) music, (e) French, (f) physical education and (g) leisure and tourism at (i) GCSE and (ii) A-level were set by Edexcel in the last year for which figures are available. [86747]

Jim Knight: The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) publishes data on national results each year in August via its website at www.jcq.org.uk. The most recent examination series for which the data are
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available is summer 2005. The following tables show the total number of results issued in each subject for the awarding bodies based in England which offer GCSE and A-level examinations, and the proportion of results that were issued by Edexcel.

GCSE (full course)( 1)
Subject Total number of results issued by English-based awarding bodies Total number of results issued by Edexcel Percentage

Maths

694,754

351,583

50.60

English Language

600,764

29,715

4.95

English Literature

492,906

23,392

4.75

Science (Double Award)

1,019,577

188,571

18.50

French

258,456

46,838

18.12

Music

54,279

2,334

4.30

PE

151,624

5,688

3.75

Leisure and Tourism (Applied GCSE)

17,071

8,222

48.16

(1) These data refer to full course entries only

GCE A-level( 1)
Subject Total number of results issued by English-based awarding bodies Total number of results issued by Edexcel Percentage

Maths

53,622

24,075

44.90

English Language

16,041

1,424

8.78

English Literature

45,928

8,698

18.94

Biology

48,207

8,956

18.58

Chemistry

34,804

8,956

25.73

Physics

25,780

8,030

31.15

French

12,019

5,726

47.64

Music

8,765

6,594

75.23

PE

21,084

3,368

15.97

Leisure and Tourism

(2)

(2)

(2)

(1) These data refer to A2 examinations only, not AS
(2) No data available—first certification summer 2006

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