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EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Teachers

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what meetings his Department has held with London borough chief education officers to discuss a pan-London strategy for the recruitment and retention of teachers in London. [141945]

Ms Estelle Morris: I discuss education issues with individual London boroughs regularly. Most recently I discussed a range of issues, including teacher recruitment with the ALG on 11 December. My right hon. Friend announced on 29 August the package of measures for London.

Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate his Department has made of the number of new teachers that will have to qualify each year for the next five years to fill projected teaching vacancies; and what targets his Department has set for recruitment of new teachers for each of the next five years. [141947]

Ms Estelle Morris: The firm and indicative targets are announced for rolling three-year periods. On 8 December, I announced that 29,820 places would be available on initial teacher training courses in England in 2001-02, and that the indicative intake targets for 2002-03 and 2003-04 were 29,535 and 29,095 respectively. Those figures will be reviewed at the appropriate time. The targets that I announced do not take account of the 1,680 employment-based training places that will be available in each of the next three years and for which funding had already been announced. These mean that there is provision for 31,570 people to enter initial teacher training in 2001-02 and that, on current estimates, we plan to make 31,215 places available in 2002-03 and 30,775 in 2003-04.

We expect these targets, together with the new £6,000 training salaries that we are now offering graduate trainee teachers, to allow good progress to be made towards recruiting the number of entrants to initial teacher training that we estimate will be needed to ensure an adequate supply of newly-qualified teachers. We have already, this year, secured the first rise in recruitment to initial teacher training since 1992-93, with more than 2,000 more people currently in training than at this time last year.

Schools Funding

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what payments the Treasury (a) has made and (b) intends to make directly to schools in the form of flat-rate payments; [141954]

Ms Estelle Morris: The Government are making School Standards Grant of approximately £290 million available in 2000-01. In 2001-02 the amount of such grant will increase to £540 million, and will continue for the following two years with a 2.75 per cent. annual uplift. Schools receive this grant in lump sums based on the size

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and category of school; in 2001-02 a typical primary school will receive £20,000 and a typical secondary school, £60,000.

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out the payments made to all local education authorities from his Standards Fund expressed in amounts per pupil for each year since 1997. [141956]

Ms Estelle Morris: The following table shows payments from the Standards Fund, shown as an amount per pupil, for 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000, for each local education authority. The figures for 1999-2000 are estimated payments, as audited outturn statements have yet to be received from all authorities. The figures include all grants paid through the Standards Fund payment system, excluding New Deal for Schools Capital, which is not part of the Standards Fund programme. Details for 2000-01 are not yet available.

Standards fund payments grant per pupil

£
Local education authority1997-981998-991999-2000
City of London89111797
Camden3771202
Greenwich3153162
Hackney3566239
Hammersmith and Fulham3261158
Islington4158168
Kensington and Chelsea4158198
Lambeth(5)4190217
Lewisham3549137
Southwark4157173
Tower Hamlets3751256
Wandsworth4979173
Westminster3054204
Barking and Dagenham447197
Barnet224792
Bexley215173
Brent4263102
Bromley305689
Croydon2843103
Ealing3445116
Enfield303599
Haringey3353189
Harrow223581
Havering253762
Hillingdon2884133
Hounslow3047117
Kingston upon Thames234257
Merton3038146
Newham3057118
Redbridge274585
Richmond upon Thames2433150
Sutton305288
Waltham Forest3343147
Birmingham2847120
Coventry3863132
Dudley2863109
Sandwell2962139
Solihull3165113
Walsall3460138
Wolverhampton3758148
Knowsley2867128
Liverpool3144120
St. Helens254397
Sefton224696
Wirral284595
Bolton2744151
Bury2579126
Manchester3453161
Oldham2546204
Rochdale3459133
Salford2548124
Stockport3361120
Tameside2952111
Trafford3052101
Wigan3664117
Barnsley3349111
Doncaster2738110
Rotherham2747142
Sheffield2956128
Bradford2547157
Calderdale3352110
Kirklees3464142
Leeds2950116
Wakefield3161107
Gateshead3256130
Newcastle upon Tyne4386112
North Tyneside3759109
South Tyneside3759110
Sunderland264278
Isles of Scilly123144496
Bath and North East Somerset1750116
Bristol, City of2847107
North Somerset284898
South Gloucestershire3168135
Hartlepool2963110
Middlesbrough2446137
Redcar and Cleveland3363104
Stockton-on-Tees2749114
City of Kingston-upon-Hull2840206
East Riding of Yorkshire3153110
North East Lincolnshire225993
North Lincolnshire2781130
North Yorkshire3053107
York3865115
Bedfordshire3151116
Luton2642149
Buckinghamshire2752130
Milton Keynes3048106
Derbyshire3293103
Derby27100153
Dorset3058104
Poole265492
Bournemouth324985
Durham3461121
Darlington2863130
East Sussex2755105
Brighton and Hove2457110
Hampshire274373
Portsmouth2440101
Southampton2441114
Leicestershire285394
Leicester2355144
Rutland5085124
Staffordshire274886
Stoke-on-Trent3052143
Wiltshire3560113
Swindon3053100
Berkshire28n/an/a
Bracknell Forestn/a46105
Windsor and Maidenheadn/a5290
West Berkshiren/a61118
Readingn/a69125
Sloughn/a66135
Wokinghamn/a4496
Cambridgeshire3153106
Peterboroughn/a50125
Cheshire295084
Haltonn/a4897
Warringtonn/a61120
Devon3373106
Plymouthn/a6195
Torbayn/a46115
Essex315278
Southend-on-Sean/a4877
Thurrockn/a4794
Herefordshiren/a60149
Worcestershire294294
Kent304685
Medwayn/a4494
Lancashire3257126
Blackburn with Darwenn/a51184
Blackpooln/a68114
Nottinghamshire264586
Nottinghamn/a66171
Shropshire3366104
Telford and Wrekinn/a82135
Cornwall3559140
Cumbria3663107
Gloucestershire366696
Hertfordshire315282
Isle of Wight3865111
Lincolnshire325392
Norfolk336299
Northamptonshire3354102
Northumberland3459114
Oxfordshire3361121
Somerset3262119
Suffolk294375
Surrey285183
Warwickshire2952105
West Sussex325484

(5) Estimated for 1998-99

n/a--Authorities affected by local government reorganisation in April 1998

Note:

Payments to Lambeth were stopped after September 1998 due to unresolved issues surrounding their audited outturn statement.


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Student Absences

Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment when he will issue further guidance to local education authorities and higher education institutions concerning students who are temporarily absent from their studies due to (a) illness and (b) caring responsibilities. [141312]

Mr. Wicks: The Department issued further guidance in early November 2000 to all local education authorities and Higher Education institutions on the provisions for students who are temporarily absent from their course due to illness or caring responsibilities. Similar information was also made available to students in Higher Education.

Under the Education (Student Support) Regulations, full-time students in England and Wales who are absent from their course because of illness are entitled to continue to receive student support for the first 60 days of absence. Before academic year 1998-99 this was only 28 days. Local education authorities also have the discretion to determine whether student support should be continued when a student is absent for reasons other than illness or caring duties.

Full-time students who have suspended their studies because of illness or caring responsibilities, and who are required to wait until they are permitted to rejoin their course, can now claim Jobseeker's Allowance and Housing/Council Tax Benefit from when they recover from illness or their caring duties end.

The revised guidance encourages local education authorities to use the discretionary powers available to them to continue paying student support when a student is temporarily absent from their course.

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