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Departmental Vacancies

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what proportion of vacancies in his Department in the last 12 months required candidates to have at least a grade C in (a) English and (b) mathematics GCSE; [96751]

(2) whether his Department recognises the International GCSE as an acceptable substitute for a GCSE for the purposes of recruitment. [96724]

Mr. Dhanda: The Department's recruitment profile is predominantly at graduate/post graduate level. The Department does not recruit on the basis of qualifications alone but we would recognise the International GCSE. Where a candidate has declared having qualifications on an application form, this information will have been checked and verified on an individual basis as part of the recruitment and selection process.

At present, information about qualifications is not held on the Department's human resource information system and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

E2E Programme

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the hourly rate of pay is on the post-school training programme E2E; what the hourly rate was in the predecessor scheme; when the reduction in the rate of pay was implemented; how many people are participating in the new scheme; how many people participated in the predecessor scheme; how many people have gone into full-time employment on leaving the E2E scheme since its introduction; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the reduction in the length of the E2E scheme. [100310]

Phil Hope: It has not proved possible to respond in the time available before Prorogation.

Early Years Education

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children under school age in Islington, North constituency are in full-time pre-school places; how many are in (a) children centres, (b) private nurseries and (c) child nurseries; and what the figures were in each of the last four years. [99677]

Beverley Hughes: It has not proved possible to respond in the time available before Prorogation.


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Education Funding

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding per pupil is available to (a) schools, (b) sixth forms and (c) further education colleges in the Coventry, South Region in the 2006-07 academic year; and what steps his Department is taking to promote volunteering. [94737]

Jim Knight [holding answer 19 October 2006]: The Dedicated School Grant of £3,696 is the guaranteed unit of funding which was allocated per pupil in Coventry for 2006-07 (covering pupils aged 3 to 19 in schools). The figure does not include capital or grants. This is the level of funding which applies to all of Coventry LEA, rather than districts in an LEA. It is not possible to distinguish figures for sixth formers from 11 to 16-year-old secondary pupils.

The Learning and Skills Council are responsible for funding schools sixth forms and FE and sixth form colleges. The allocation of funding in local areas relate to the LSC's operational responsibilities and the LSC's chief executive, Mark Haysom, will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested for Coventry area.

The policy on volunteering is now the responsibility of the Cabinet Office.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 6 November 2006:

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what grant schemes are available in (a) all education authority areas and (b) Havering local education authority area for colleges; and which colleges have taken advantage of those schemes. [97722]

Phil Hope: Further education (FE) colleges in England are funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) principally on a Grant-in-Aid basis. As independent bodies colleges may also receive funding from a number of other public and non-public sources, including the European Social Fund and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The LSC is funded by the Department for post-16 education and training in England and its budget is outlined in an annual grant letter to the chairman of the LSC. The LSC's budget for 2007-08 is £11.4 billion, an increase of 4 per cent over the previous year. In addition to the core FE allocation, colleges may receive LSC funding for a number of other programmes and initiatives.
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These include: Train to Gain; Work Based Learning; Entry to Employment; Personal and Community Development Learning; Learner Support Funds; Offenders' Learning and Skills Service; Skills initiatives; Quality Reform and Capacity and Infrastructure programmes. Details of the funding allocations to colleges for the main programmes are published on the LSC's website: www.lsc.gov.uk. Colleges may also apply to the LSC for grant support for capital development projects.

Programme and initiative level information for individual colleges is not collected centrally by my Department. The LSC determines this level of funding. This is an operational matter for the LSC. Mark Haysom, the Council's chief executive, will write to the hon. Member on this matter. A copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.

Education Maintenance Allowance

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) males and (b) females are receiving education maintenance allowance in each (i) London borough and (ii) authority in Essex, broken down by age; what the figures were in each of the last three years for which figures are available; under what legislation this allowance is payable; what restrictions are placed on its payment; what recent representations he has received about the allowance; whether he has any plans to increase the allowance; and if he will make a statement. [97938]

Phil Hope: The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) operate education maintenance allowances (EMAs) for the DfES and would normally provide information about take-up of the scheme. Information on the number of young people who have applied, enrolled and received one or more EM A payment is available at local authority (LA) level, but not at a lower level.

The following table gives EMA take-up data for each of the London and Essex local authorities for the 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2006/07 academic years. The data is split by gender and age. Gender is not a mandatory field on the EMA application form and so there are a number of learners whose gender is not-specified.

The administrative scheme arrangements for EMA are made under Section 14 of the Education Act 2002.
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Restrictions are in place when applying for EMA as set out in detail in the scheme arrangements. Applicants must fulfil specific income, age and residency requirements before being deemed eligible for EMA. Furthermore, there are some restrictions relating to the payment of EMA. When a young person is enrolled they must agree a Contract Part 1 with their learning provider which sets out the responsibilities of both parties for the learner to receive a weekly payment. The learner is required to attend as per the timetable set out with their learning provider in order to be paid each week. If the provider deems any absences to be authorised then the young person may still receive an EMA payment for that week. It is for the learning provider to make weekly payment decisions for all EMA learners. Further details can be found in the scheme arrangements and in the EMA guidance document which are available on the EMA website at:

There are currently no plans to increase EMA, however, the household income thresholds were increased for applications that are based on the 2005-06 tax year. This has increased the number of households eligible for EMA.

Since 1 August 2006 the Department has received nine parliamentary questions (PQs), including this particular question and 59 pieces of correspondence as follows:

Category Amount of correspondence received

Income-related

32

Age-related

9

Extension of EMA to unwaged trainees (UWT)

6

General queries/complaints

12

Total

59


PQ category Number of PQs received

Take up of EMA

4

Attainment

2

Extension of EMA to UWT

1

Cross cutting questions

2

Total

9



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EMA Year 3 EMA Year 2 EMA Year 1
Gender Age 2007/07 (to date, 30 October 2006) 2005/06 (end of year data) 2004/05 (end of year data)

LSC

Essex

10,452

10,642

5,823

LA

Essex

Male

16

1,801

2207

2,012

17

1,559

1461

11

18

377

10

19

2

Female

16

2,150

2532

2,286

17

1,861

1808

10

18

394

6

2

19

3

Not Specified

16

77

240

307

17

53

231

1

18

14

1

19

LA

Southend-on-Sea

Male

16

279

291

291

17

210

233

18

68

2

19

Female

16

323

337

319

17

241

267

2

18

74

1

19

1

Not Specified

16

13

30

53

17

11

46

18

6

19

LA

Thurrock

Male

16

209

251

224

17

166

146

1

18

43

1

19

Female

16

245

306

266

17

208

189

3

18

50

2

19

Not specified

16

9

22

34

17

4

23

18

1

19

LSC

London Central

10,497

14,029

11,125

Male

16

230

346

333

17

227

308

243

18

91

120

113

19

2

5

2

LA

Camden (former pilot area)

Female

16

282

382

371

17

280

339

269

18

100

113

114

19

2

5

2

Not specified

16

8

58

62

17

9

57

32

18

2

15

6

19

1

LA

Islington (former pilot area)

Male

16

238

371

332

17

222

303

240

18

94

135

134

19

2

12

5

Female

16

318

486

406

17

335

363

314

18

100

143

115

19

7

10

7

Not specified

16

14

64

73

17

10

58

40

18

4

28

10

19

1

LA

Kensington and Chelsea

Male

16

101

156

142

17

114

141

18

34

19

1

1

Female

16

134

176

144

17

135

153

18

41

19

Not specified

16

4

34

38

17

7

30

18

1

19

LA

Lambeth (former pilot area)

Male

16

414

677

587

17

452

554

427

18

210

231

185

19

7

18

10

Female

16

522

787

638

17

575

620

511

18

215

241

212

19

15

25

11

Not specified

16

21

97

98

17

21

100

73

18

15

46

15

19

4

2

LA

Southwark (former pilot area)

Male

16

474

662

557

17

447

520

430

18

207

211

170

19

6

13

9

Female

16

555

709

632

17

518

598

474

18

205

224

186

19

7

11

13

Not specified

16

24

74

92

17

20

69

65

18

11

40

11

19

LA

Wandsworth (former pilot area)

Male

16

275

409

343

17

269

306

258

18

104

124

92

19

5

8

3

Female

16

302

479

392

17

345

360

293

18

123

145

112

19

2

10

2

Not specified

16

16

42

54

17

6

42

40

18

4

21

8

19

2

LA

Westminister

Male

16

171

274

245

17

190

242

3

18

88

5

1

19

2

Female

16

245

270

267

17

186

258

2

18

67

1

2

19

Not specified

16

6

37

51

17

47

1

18

2

2

19

LSC

London East

18,106

24,216

18,832

LA

City of London

Male

16

10

10

3

17

6

15

18

2

1

19

Female

16

18

10

10

17

8

22

1

18

3

1

1

19

Not specified

16

1

2

17

4

1

18

19

LA

Grenwich (former pilot area)

Male

16

346

507

471

17

322

369

328

18

126

161

131

19

5

6

5

Female

16

450

595

574

17

462

509

360

18

185

146

133

19

3

6

4

Not specified

16

18

84

96

17

17

67

43

18

4

23

12

19

LA

Hackney (former pilot area)

Male

16

367

600

546

17

393

511

414

18

168

234

190

19

9

10

10

Female

16

551

726

692

17

513

675

591

18

204

252

199

19

8

22

8

Not specified

16

15

99

83

17

11

83

76

18

9

39

22

19

1

5

LA

Lewisham (former pilot area)

Male

16

439

589

525

17

431

472

441

18

168

199

155

19

6

5

2

Female

16

494

682

632

17

521

558

458

18

176

225

184

19

8

6

3

Not specified

16

31

102

93

17

27

80

60

18

10

27

12

19

LA

Tower Hamlets (former pilot area)

Male

16

526

744

655

17

469

596

591

18

196

288

224

19

8

13

2

Female

16

613

775

728

17

531

679

613

18

174

226

207

19

7

12

2

Not specified

16

11

136

138

17

14

114

84

18

6

39

18

19

2

LA

Barking and Dagenham (former pilot area)

Male

16

323

422

331

17

254

304

223

18

99

116

68

19

8

6

1

Female

16

357

477

393

17

300

356

231

18

104

103

59

19

2

5

1

Not specified

16

13

51

66

17

9

54

26

18

4

24

4

19

1

1

LA

Bexley

Male

16

287

389

355

17

249

289

4

18

88

19

Female

16

323

424

411

17

323

355

2

18

89

19

Not specified

16

17

48

60

17

14

47

3

18

5

19

LA

Havering

Male

16

244

358

350

17

246

272

1

18

53

2

19

1

Female

16

295

457

408

17

300

324

2

18

64

19

Not specified

16

11

47

61

17

9

40

18

5

19

LA

Newham (former pilot area)

Male

16

679

958

827

17

620

789

634

18

227

329

272

19

8

25

8

Female

16

669

1001

877

17

692

870

637

18

189

277

227

19

4

20

4

Not specified

16

18

130

160

17

20

138

104

18

14

59

16

19

1

2

1

LA

Redbridge

Male

16

337

542

549

17

361

512

12

18

109

5

1

19

1

Female

16

406

577

498

17

405

495

13

18

101

3

1

19

1

1

Not specified

16

26

78

97

17

15

72

18

7

19

LSC

London North

8,137

10,623

7,288

LA

Barnet

Male

16

361

532

459

17

355

454

4

18

103

2

19

2

Female

16

400

552

469

17

420

492

2

18

118

1

1

19

Not specified

16

20

74

112

17

18

91

18

2

19

LA

Enfield

Male

16

429

656

580

17

424

484

7

18

157

8

2

19

1

1

Female

16

507

671

621

17

486

592

7

18

205

2

3

19

3

1

Not specified

16

28

126

111

17

30

94

1

18

7

1

19

2

LA

Haringey (former pilot area)

Male

16

382

543

542

17

374

523

370

18

172

216

195

19

6

6

6

Female

16

405

638

613

17

479

601

435

18

204

225

170

19

15

5

3

Not specified

16

16

92

99

17

19

87

59

18

20

49

12

19

1

1

LA

Waltham Forest (former pilot area)

Male

16

356

578

539

17

365

470

416

18

132

196

144

19

6

11

1

Female

16

447

619

574

17

452

528

441

18

153

204

142

19

12

17

5

Not specified

16

22

83

87

17

15

72

46

18

6

25

6

19

1

3

LSC

London South

7,422

8,329

4,253

LA

Bromley

Male

16

320

418

398

17

283

313

4

18

81

1

19

1

Female

16

358

495

449

17

358

361

5

18

81

3

19

1

Not specified

16

16

46

76

17

18

60

1

18

6

2

19

LA

Croydon

Male

16

502

678

583

17

453

520

7

18

170

4

19

1

Female

16

586

814

672

17

609

643

2

18

180

1

19

2

1

Not specified

16

29

117

109

17

21

88

2

18

8

1

1

19

LA

Kingston-Upon-Thames

Male

16

124

173

152

17

118

133

3

18

33

1

19

Female

16

159

201

189

17

151

161

18

42

19

Not specified

16

7

22

25

17

8

17

18

19

LA

Merton

Male

16

205

334

263

17

217

237

3

18

66

1

19

Female

16

274

346

291

17

247

257

4

18

72

1

19

Not specified

16

2

39

52

17

10

48

18

4

19

LA

Richmond-Upon-Thames

Male

16

134

158

152

17

119

140

1

18

38

19

Female

16

123

188

174

17

137

152

1

18

36

2

1

19

Not specified

16

7

18

31

17

7

24

18

4

19

LA

Sutton

Male

16

206

260

261

17

150

210

1

18

58

1

19

Female

16

274

309

288

17

229

254

1

18

58

1

19

Not specified

16

6

44

47

17

11

31

2

18

4

19

LSC

London West

10,353

13,242

9,261

LA

Hammersmith and Fulham (former pilot area)

Male

16

196

278

283

17

182

246

209

18

88

112

99

19

3

4

1

Female

16

238

308

287

17

228

282

190

18

96

101

95

19

3

3

Not specified

16

6

30

38

17

10

39

37

18

3

26

4

19

LA

Brent (former pilot area)

Male

16

418

713

594

17

488

590

428

18

184

244

202

19

7

3

1

Female

16

489

659

641

17

495

647

494

18

213

234

172

19

2

5

1

Not specified

16

24

99

116

17

20

107

63

18

6

48

14

19

1

1

LA

Ealing (former pilot area)

Male

16

380

620

597

17

425

572

445

18

180

234

184

19

3

4

Female

16

473

661

626

17

510

615

455

18

185

204

181

19

3

6

1

Not specified

16

18

106

108

17

19

94

51

18

6

38

14

19

1

1

LA

Harrow

Male

16

303

447

353

17

336

354

3

18

134

3

1

19

2

1

Female

16

303

446

409

17

360

419

7

18

121

1

2

19

1

Not specified

16

14

46

69

17

15

65

1

18

9

1

1

19

LA

Hillingdon

Male

16

313

403

381

17

284

330

4

18

101

3

19

1

Female

16

356

480

430

17

357

377

5

18

106

3

19

1

Not specified

16

15

49

62

17

14

50

18

7

19

LA

Hounslow

Male

16

314

447

366

17

297

335

1

18

104

4

19

Female

16

349

500

447

17

364

423

2

18

131

1

1

19

Not specified

16

18

65

77

17

19

58

1

18

5

19

Note:
When comparing the year on year data please note that national EMA was phased in over time to successive 16-year old age groups. Therefore, in the first year of national roll out (2004/05) 17, 18 and 19 year olds were ineligible for EMA unless they were resident in a former EMA pilot area, and similarly in 2005/06, 18 and 19 year olds were ineligible unless they were resident in a former pilot area. In the former pilot areas all 16, 17 and 18 year olds and some 19 year olds were eligible to receive EMA in each of the years displayed. The table indicates which of the areas listed were former EMA pilot areas.
Within the table it shows that a small number of 16 and 17 year old learners in non-pilot areas claimed EMA during the first year of national roll out, this is because the learner would have originally been resident in a pilot area, but then moved to a non-pilot area and took their eligibility for EMA with them until the end of that EMA year.

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