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Rural( 5) local authority maintained secondary schools( 6)
Secondary schools (exc. middle deemed) Middle deemed secondary schools All secondary schools (inc. middle deemed)
Number of schools Average budget share plus grants per pupil (£ per pupil)( 1,2,3,6) Number of schools Average budget share plus grants per pupil (£ per pupil)( 1,2,3,6) Number of schools Average budget share plus grants per pupil (£ per pupil)( 1,2,3,6)

school size < 100 pupils

0

1

5,340

1

5,340

100 pupils <= School size < 200 pupils

5

6,890

8

4,850

13

5,710

200 pupils <= School size < 300 pupils

6

5,980

17

4,050

23

4,550

300 pupils <= School size < 400 pupils

16

5,150

19

3,660

35

4,350

400 pupils <= School size < 500 pupils

22

4,900

27

3,540

49

4,160

500 pupils <= School size < 600 pupils

40

4,560

6

3,420

46

4,420

600 pupils <= School size < 700 pupils

50

4,400

4

3,350

54

4,320

school size >= 700 pupils

323

4,280

3

3,670

326

4,280

Total (all school sizes)

462

4,340

85

3,670

547

4,290

(1) Budget share plus grants is the combination of the schools individual budget share plus any revenue grants allocated to the school at the start of the financial year. For 2008-09 this comprises of the Total Budget Share plus any School Standards Grant (including personalisation), School Development Grant, Other Standards Fund Allocation, Threshold and Performance Pay and Support for Schools in Financial Difficulty allocated to schools at the start of the 2008-09 financial year. This does not include any capital funding allocated to schools.
(2) The amount of money allocated to a school depends very much on the individual local authorities’ own policy for funding their schools. Different authorities retain varying amounts of funding centrally to spend on behalf of their schools while others chose to give schools more autonomy over how they spend their money by delegating more funding to the individual school.
(3) The pupil numbers used to calculate the per pupil amounts and school size are as reported by the local authority on their Section 52 Budget Statement comprising of the full time equivalent number pupils registered at the school used for the initial determination of the school’s budget share under the local authority’s allocation formula.
(4) Figures for secondary schools include any LSC funding and LSC pupils for schools with 6(th) forms. Excluded from the tables are any secondary schools which were reported as either opening or closing during the 2008-09 financial year.
(5) The urban/rural classification is drawn from the Edubase (the DCSF database of educational establishments).
(6) Funding figures are rounded to the nearest £10.
Source:
Funding data are drawn from local authorities’ 2008-09 Children, Schools and Families Budget Statements (Table 2) submitted to the DCSF. 5. The urban/rural classification is drawn from the Edubase (the DCSF database of educational establishments).

Social Services

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to monitor trends in out-of-area placements made by social services. [228646]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Since 2005-06, the SSDA903 collection of data concerning looked after children has contained information on:

Information derived from these data was used in developing the Children and Young Person’s Bill clause that is concerned with the provision of accommodation and maintenance for children who are looked after by a local authority.

Social Workers: Vacancies

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the vacancy rates for child social workers were in England in each year since 2001, broken down by local authority. [229642]

Beverley Hughes: Children and family social workers are employed directly by local authorities and other employers; information on vacancy rates by local authority is not collected centrally. Ofsted publishes information on overall vacancy rates for Social Services Department posts for children and families by local authority as part of the annual performance assessment. According to this measure, the number of vacant children and family Social Services Department posts fell from 12.1 per cent. in 2004-05 to 11 per cent. in 2006-07. The Local Authority Workforce Intelligence Group published vacancy rate data on children and family social workers between 2002 and 2006, showing a national reduction in vacancy rates from 12.6 per cent. in 2002 to 9.5 per cent. in 2006.

Specialised Diplomas

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the total cost of the implementation of the diploma programme. [226435]

Jim Knight: We have spent £65.2 million on diplomas during the last three years. We are providing additional funding to support diploma delivery and capacity building over the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) years; over the next three years we are making an additional £373.8 million available to support the diploma programme.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to publish an estimate of the number of children studying for diplomas in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. [227725]

Jim Knight: The Secretary of State made a statement in the House of Commons on 13 October 2008, Official Report, columns 532-33, about the number of young people who have embarked on a diploma course.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils he expects to enrol on a new diploma course in September (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011; and if he will make a statement. [229013]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: We will not know how many students will begin a diploma course in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 or (c) 2011 until after young people begin to make choices about their options. For 2009 enrolment, young people will begin to make choices next year.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools he expects to offer one or more new diploma courses starting in September (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011; and if he will make a statement. [229014]


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Sarah McCarthy-Fry: 307 consortia are approved to offer one or more diplomas from September 2009. A total of 3394 institutions are involved with these consortia, including 2205 maintained secondary schools and 62 Academies. We do not yet have figures for 2010 or 2011 delivery.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate of the number of students who will begin a diploma course in 2009-10 is; and if he will make a statement. [229023]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: We will not know how many students will begin a diploma course in 2009-10. For 2009 enrolment, young people will begin to make choices next year.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to introduce a general diploma. [229024]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The 14-19 diploma is being introduced in four phases between 2008 and 2011. By 2011 there will be 17 lines of learning covering a wide range of employment sectors and subjects, and we will be introducing a national entitlement to the diploma from 2013. The full range of diploma qualifications will allow all young people who wish to do so to follow a course of study which combines applied and theoretical learning within a coherent overall framework built around core skills of literacy and numeracy. We do not have any plans to introduce a further, general diploma at this time. The Government have, however, committed to carrying out a full review of 14-19 qualifications, including the diploma, in 2013.

Teachers: Males

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many qualified full-time male secondary school teachers were working as teachers in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority; [228710]

(2) how many qualified full-time male primary school teachers were working as teachers in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority. [228711]

Jim Knight: Information on gender of teachers is available from the Database of Teacher Records which is collected primarily for pensions administration purposes. Figures from this source are only considered sufficiently reliable to publish as percentages at the national level.

Information on the proportion of teachers by gender is available at an aggregate level for England and this has been published in table D2 of the School Workforce Statistical First Release, January 2007 (Revised) at the following web link:

The school work force census planned for 2010 will provide more detailed information on the school work force at local authority level.


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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools did not have a qualified full-time male teacher in each of the last 10 years. [228712]

Jim Knight: The requested information is not held centrally.

Teachers: Pay

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average starting salary of a (a) primary and (b) secondary school teacher (i) in England, (ii) in London and (iii) outside London was at the latest date for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. [229012]

Jim Knight: The following table provides the average salary of newly qualified teachers in full-time regular service in local authority maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools in England, March 2006.

Average salary of newly qualified teachers( 1) in full-time regular service in local authority maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools( 2) , March 2006, London, outer London and England
£
London Outer London England

Nursery/Primary

23,150

22,710

20,270

Secondary

23,900

23,520

20,540

(1) Teachers included are those who attained qualified teacher status in 2005. Those gaining QTS via employment-based routes are excluded.
(2) Excludes city technology colleges and academies.
Note:
Figures are rounded to the nearest £10.
Source:
Database of Teacher Records.

Teachers: Qualifications

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to increase the number of primary teacher training (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate courses with a language specialism. [225836]

Jim Knight: We have been taking a range of measures to boost the primary school teaching work force to prepare for languages becoming compulsory in primary schools in 2011. In total nearly 4,000 trainees had graduated through the primary initial teacher training course in a languages specialism by the end of the 2007/08 academic year. More trainees will be funded for this course, including a projected 900 in 2008/09.

The Training and Development Agency for Schools is also piloting this year, in partnership with 10 ITT providers, additional routes to boost the primary work force teaching languages. A projected 3,000 trainees will go through these courses in 2008/09. Of these trainees, about one third are postgraduate trainees and two thirds undergraduate trainees.


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Teachers: Training

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what schemes co-ordinated by (a) his Department and (b) local authorities that provide opportunities for experienced, recently retired teachers to act as mentors for existing subject staff in schools on a voluntary or paid basis are in operation. [228664]

Jim Knight: This Department does not co-ordinate such schemes. It is for local authorities or schools to decide whether to pursue them based on local needs and the availability of retired teachers. No information on local schemes is held centrally.


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Truancy

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 818W, on truancy, how many pupils have had a recorded unauthorised half-day absence while in Year (a) 9, (b) 10 and (c) 11 in each of the last three years. [228080]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: It is not possible, given the amount of analysis required, to provide a response to this question within the time frame required by Parliament. The requested information will be placed in the House of Commons Library within 10 working days.


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