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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what methods schools and colleges may employ to select students for diploma courses; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The prime criterion for deciding whether a young person undertakes a diploma is whether it is the best option for him or her. Diplomas, along with apprenticeships and general qualifications, are an important part of ensuring the right choices are available to young people.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of maintained secondary schools which are entitled to but have not yet become specialist schools; and what his most recent estimate is of the annual cost of increasing the funding of these schools to the average level of schools granted specialist status. 
There are 343 maintained secondary schools which are not specialist, although these are not all eligible to join the programme because they do not
all meet the requirements of the Specialist Schools programme. Should they all join the programme, the extra revenue cost would be around £33.3 million.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the minimum level qualification in mathematics is for a qualified teacher of mathematics in a (a) primary and (b) secondary school; 
Jim Knight: The minimum qualification level required of someone entering initial teacher training (ITT) is an equivalent to a grade C GCSE in English and mathematics. Those training to teach pupils aged three to 11 must additionally have reached this standard in a science subject. This minimum standard must be reached in order to train for the primary or secondary phase and in any subject, At the end of their training, all trainees must pass the skills tests in numeracy, literacy and ICT and be awarded Qualified Teacher Status before they can be classed as a qualified teacher.
The 2002 Secondary School Curriculum and Staffing Survey reported that 42 per cent. of maths teachers had
a relevant degree in the subject they taught and 76 per cent. had a relevant post A-level qualification. The 2007 report will be published on 29 May providing an update on these figures, There are no comparable data available for primary teachers.
It is not possible to make an estimate of average mathematics qualifications of new teachers. Those who trained as undergraduates may have gained a mathematics degree as part of their ITT programme; some trainees may have mathematics-related qualifications that are not collected in the application process and others may have gained a Postgraduate Certificate of Education in mathematics as part of their ITT.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average salary of teachers in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England was in each year since 1979. 
Jim Knight: The following table provides the gross average salary, including all allowances, of full-time regular qualified teachers of all grades in local authority maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools in Cornwall, the south west Government office region and England and Wales for each year, where available, since 1979. Figures from 1979 to 1993 are only available for England and Wales not for teachers other than in nursery/primary and secondary schools.
|Gross average salary, of full-time regular qualified teachers in local authority maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools( 1) in Cornwall, the south west Government office region, England and England and Wales|
|Cornwall||South West||England||England and Wales|
|(1) Figures up to 1993 include sixth form colleges.|
(2 )Not available.
(3) Provisional estimates.
Database of Teacher records.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers had a (i) first, (ii) upper second, (iii) lower second and (iv) third class degree in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
The information requested is held for an estimated 65 per cent. of full-time regular qualified
nursery/primary teachers and 74 per cent. of secondary school teachers in service in the local authority maintained sector in England. The following table provides a breakdown of the class of degree held by these teachers in March 2006, the latest for which teachers in service can be identified. Information for previous years will be less complete and therefore does not provide directly comparable information.
|Degree class of full-time regular qualified nursery/primary and secondary teachers in England, March 2006( 1)|
|Class of degree||Nursery/primary||Secondary|
Database of teacher records and GTCE.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teacher redundancies there were in England in each year from 1997 to 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
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