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Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what expenditure on Sure Start was in 2006-07; and how much has been allocated to the programme in 2007-08. 
Beverley Hughes: Sure Start expenditure for 2006-07 and 2007-08 is shown in the table. Total expenditure includes Sure Start local programmes, child care, some nursery education funding and Sure Start Children's Centres.
|Sure Start current and capital expenditure|
|Amount (£ million)|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether he proposes to raise the minimum level of qualifications required for teachers in maintained schools; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) how many entrants to initial teacher training programmes had (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science GCSE grades of (i) A/A*, (ii) B and (iii) C in each year from 2000-01 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The minimum qualifications for those entering teacher training were reviewed in 2006 and were reflected in revisions to the Secretary of State's Requirements for Initial Teacher Training which have operated since September 2007 and can be found at http://www.tda.gov.uk/partners/ittstandards.aspx?keywords=requirements+for+itt. We have no current plans to review these again.
The amount of data held centrally on the qualifications achieved by those applying for initial teacher training programmes is limited because the Requirements for Initial Teacher Training place the onus on ITT providers to ensure that they only accept candidates who reach the required minimum standards. Information that is held centrally on qualification levels of people beginning undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher training is given at Annexes A and B. No data are held centrally on the GCSE subjects and grades of entrants for the same reason, but all must have reached the required minimum of grade C or equivalent to be accepted.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what new incentives are to be offered to teachers to teach in unpopular schools further to the Prime Ministers announcement of 31 October 2007. 
Jim Knight: The forthcoming Childrens Plan will set out the Governments ambition for school improvement and how the Department for Children Schools and Families will drive the necessary changes across the schools system.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) target and (b) outturn numbers of recruits to initial teacher training in each secondary school subject were in each year since 2001/02; what the target is for 2007/08; and if he will make a statement. 
|Initial teacher training places( 1) : Academic years 2000/01 to 2007/08England|
|(1) Includes SCITT but excludes employment-based routes.|
(2) Number of places for individual technology subjects is not available before 2004/05.
(3) Places for vocational subjects in 2006/07 are included with the allocation for related academic subject: Science includes places for applied science, design and technology includes both manufacturing and engineering, ICT includes applied ICT, business studies includes applied business, geography includes leisure and tourism, art includes applied art and other subjects includes health and social care. In 2004/05 places for vocational subjects were shown separately. In 2003/04 the margin of flexibility included places for a vocational subjects pilot.
(4) The margin of flexibility/secondary reserve constituted places that the TDA could allocate to any secondary subject, to support providers whose baselines would otherwise be below economic levels; to ensure the appropriate denominational balance; and to help providers with a high proportion of places in shortage subjects and who therefore had particular uncertainty of income.
|Recruitment to initial teacher training courses( 1,2) : Academic years 2000/01 to 2006/07England|
|(1) Recruitment figures for 2006/07 are provisional and are subject to change.|
(2) Includes Universities and other HE institutions, SCITT and OU, but excludes employment based routes. Recruitment numbers shown are rounded to the nearest 10.
(3) 2001/02 was the first year of Fast Track recruitment. The programme ended in 2005/06.
(4) Prior to 2006/07, the breakdown for science subjects was not available.
(5) Technology includes design and technology, information and communications technology, business studies, graphics, textiles and food technology.
(6) 2001/02 was the first year of recruitment for citizenship.
(7) Other includes classics, dance, economics, media, performing arts and social studies.
(8) Vocational subjects includes applied art and design, leisure and tourism, applied ICT, applied science, applied business, engineering, manufacturing, and health and social care.
TDAs ITT Trainee Numbers Census 2000/01 - 2006/07
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