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Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 10 November 2008:

Ofsted: Industrial Disputes

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on productivity within the Children's Directorate of Ofsted of industrial action by Unison and Public and Commercial Services Union members; and if he will make a statement; [232997]

(2) how many and what type of employment tribunal claims against Ofsted have been lodged with an employment tribunal whose tribunal proceedings have not yet concluded. [233000]

Jim Knight: These are matters for Ofsted. HM chief inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to my hon. Friend and copies of her replies have been placed in the Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 6 November 2008:


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Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 4 November 2008:

Schools: Manpower

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time equivalent (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff there were in local education authority schools in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) City of York constituency in (A) 1997 and (B) the latest period for which figures are available. [237266]

Jim Knight: The following table provides the full-time equivalent number of teachers, teaching assistants and support staff employed in local authority maintained schools in Yorkshire and the Humber Government office region, the City of York constituency and England, January 1997 and 2008,


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Full-time equivalent teachers( 1) , teaching assistants( 2) and support staff in local authority maintained nursery, primary, secondary, special and pupil referral units, years 1997 to 2008—coverage: Yorkshire and The Humber government office region, City of York constituency and England
Yorkshire and The Humber City of York England

Teachers( 4) Teaching assistants( 3) Support s taff( 3,4) Teachers( 4) Teaching assistants( 3) Support s taff( 3,4) Teachers( 5) Teaching assistants( 3) Support s taff( 3,4)

January :

1997

41,900

7,700

14,900

700

100

200

399,200

60,600

133,500

2008

44,300

19,300

35,100

700

400

600

434,900

175,700

322,400

(1) Includes qualified and unqualified teachers.
(2) “Teaching assistants” include teaching assistants, special needs support staff and minority ethnic pupil.
(3) Source: School Census
(4) Includes ‘teaching assistants’.
(5) Source: Annual Survey of Teacher in Service and Teacher Vacancies; 618g
Notes:
1. Excludes academies and city technology colleges.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.

Schools: Standards

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department plans to spend on the National Challenge in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement. [234910]

Jim Knight: As set out in the National Challenge documents published on 10 June 2000, the Department for Children, Schools and Families will deploy £400 million of support to the National Challenge for the three financial years starting 1 April 2008 and ending 31 March 2011. The precise phasing between these three financial years is flexible, depending on the needs of schools.

The National Challenge is designed to facilitate sustained improvements in schools and—with the exception of some previously committed spending on establishing structural interventions—we are not expecting to provide funding beyond 2010-11.

Special Educational Needs: Transport

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department provides on the procurement of home to school transport services for children with special educational needs in London. [237406]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Department does not publish guidance on the procurement of transport for special educational needs (SEN) children. It is for local authorities, including London boroughs to follow their own procedures and make appropriate arrangements.

Specialised Diplomas

Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people have registered for 14 to 19 diplomas this year, broken down by (a) subject and (b) level of diploma. [233623]

Jim Knight: The latest information we have from local consortia indicates that around 12,000 young people are currently working towards a diploma qualification, based upon returns from all but one of the local authorities involved. By subject and level, this breaks down as:

Line Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Total

Construction and the Built Environment

503

1,019

179

1,701

Creative and Media

556

2,463

637

3,658

Engineering

605

1,806

420

2,831

Information Technology

360

1,286

359

2,005

Society, Heath, and Development

282

1,156

393

1,831

Total

2,308

7,730

1,988

12,026


Teachers: Pay

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on (a) teacher training, (b) teacher professional development, (c) teacher wages and (d) other teacher payments in each of the last 10 years. [235111]

Jim Knight: The information requested is as follows:

(a) The amounts spent on (a) initial teacher training by the Training and Development Agency for Schools, (c) teacher salaries and (d) allowances for teachers in England in each of the last 10 years are set out in the following table.

(b) Information on spending on teachers' continuing professional development (CPD) is not collected centrally. Funding for CPD generally is included within schools' delegated budgets and it is for schools to determine how to spend this, based on individual needs and the school's own improvement priorities.


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Spending on initial teacher training, teacher salaries and allowances in England in financial years 1998-99 to 2007-08
£ million

Spending on initial teacher training( 1) Estimated spending on salaries and allowances( 2, 3, 4)

1998-99

162

9,935

1999-00

182

10,480

2000-01

259

11,295

2001-02

341

12,165

2002-03

378

12,775

2003-04

427

13,430

2004-05

468

14,060

2005-06

490

14,915(5)

2006-07

522

15,340

2007-08

528

15,640

(1) Source is the Training and Development Agency for Schools. Spending on initial teacher training includes employment-based routes funding, training bursaries, flexible postgraduate course fees, initial teacher training provider quality and funding, initial teacher training capital bids, funding for under-represented groups, new providers/start-up, primary modern foreign languages, qualified teacher status skills tests, the Secondary Shortage Subject Scheme and Access to Learning funds. Figures are rounded the nearest £1 million.
(2) These figures do not include on-costs (employer pension contributions and National Insurance). In 2007-08, on-costs amounted to 22.05 per cent. of salaries. These figures are rounded to the nearest £5 million.
(3) These figures include certain discontinued allowances and current allowances for special educational needs, teaching and learning responsibilities, recruitment and retention.
(4) The paybill figures include the pay awards given for each year and were adjusted to reflect actual teacher numbers.
(5) There is a break in the time-series in year 2005-06.
Note:
1. For modelling purposes the paybill figures employed up to 2006-07 financial year were taken from the previous year paybill estimations.
2. Due to the timescale surrounding the paybill exercises up until 2002-03, the models were developed a year prior to the financial year they referred to.

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