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Education Funding (Lancaster)

Mr. Dawson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the extra capital and revenue resources he has made available to (a) St. Martin's College, Lancaster and (b) Lancaster University since 1 May 1997. [145543]

Mr. Wicks: St. Martin's College received total recurrent and capital resources of £9.35 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Teacher Training Agency in the academic year 1996-97. In academic year 2000-01 it will receive total recurrent and capital resources of £16.1 million, an increase of 72 per cent. over the year 1996-97.

Lancaster University received total recurrent and capital resources of £27 million from HEFCE in academic year 1996-97. In academic year 2000-01 it will receive total recurrent and capital resources of £33.2 million, an increase of 23 per cent. over the year 1996-97.

Class Sizes

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the average class size in secondary schools; and what was the average class size in 1997. [146362]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 22 January 2001]: The size of the average secondary class in January 1997 was 21.7. The figure in 2000 was 22.0. Secondary classes still have about five fewer pupils on average than primaries. The size of the average secondary class was below 20 in 1989, and rose consistently throughout the nineties. The rate of growth has in fact slowed since 1997 as a result of the additional investment this Government are making.

We are on course to deliver our infant class size pledge. In Wokingham just 4 per cent. of pupils were in classes of 31 plus in September 2000 compared with 25 per cent. in Berkshire, which consisted of Wokingham and five other Local Education Authorities, in January 1998.

School Clothing

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will meet the National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux to discuss a statutory power to provide assistance with school clothing costs to low

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income families; and if he will make a statement in respect of good practice guidance in school clothing grant schemes. [146486]

Jacqui Smith: I will be responding shortly to the National Association's correspondence about its report on school uniform costs. Local education authorities already have discretionary powers to offer grants towards school clothing costs in cases of hardship, and we have no current plans for further legislation. We have published good practice guidance on aspects of school uniforms, and I will be considering whether further guidance is needed.

University Students

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many individuals who are full-time students at a university in the UK have parental homes in Sussex. [146697]

Mr. Wicks [holding answer 23 January 2001]: The latest data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that in 1999-2000 there were 19,276 full-time students in higher education institutions in the UK whose home domicile was either in East or West Sussex.

Teacher Training

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many persons were recruited for secondary teacher training in (a) England and Wales and (b) England in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2000-01. [146943]

Ms Estelle Morris: For matters relating to teacher training numbers in Wales, I refer the hon. Member to the National Assembly for Wales.

In England, in 1996-97, the total number of people recruited to ITT courses was 28,430, of whom 15,965 were on secondary ITT courses. The provisional figures for 2000-01 are 27,674 in total, with 14,525 on secondary courses. A further 1,058 people have been recruited so far this year onto the Graduate Teacher Programme, which started in January 1998; with 604 trainees on secondary courses. Further recruitment for a further 622 GTP is expected during the summer term. Taken with ITT recruitment for 2000-01 this would mean that by the end of the year, over 29,000 are expected to be training as teachers. This would represent an increase of over 2,500 on 1999-2000, and is the first time since 1992-93 that recruitment to initial teacher training has risen in England.

On 30 March 2000, the Government announced training salaries and new-style Golden Hellos, which have increased graduate recruitment to initial teacher training courses by 12 per cent. compared with last year; and of extra funding for the Graduate Teacher Programme, which is being doubled in size.

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many persons were training to be teachers in each of the last eight years for which figures are available. [146944]

Ms Estelle Morris: Figures for recruitment to ITT courses in England for the years 1992-93 to 2000-01 are presented in the following table.

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Total number of recruits
1992-9329,507
1993-9429,465
1994-9529,252
1995-9628,829
1996-9728,430
1997-9827,715
1998-9926,207
1999-200025,967
2000-01(1)27,674

(1) 2000-01 ITT recruitment figures are provisional figures

Sources:

1992-93 to 1993-94: DFE Recruitment Survey; 1994-95: HESES; 1995-96 onwards: Teacher Training Agency (TTA), Survey of ITT Providers


These figures show the first rise in recruitment to ITT in eight years. In addition, extra funding is being provided to make nearly double the number of places on the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) available. The following table shows the latest figures for full-year recruitment to ITT, and autumn and spring term recruitment to GTP for 1999-2000 and 2000-01. It shows an increase in recruitment of over 2,250 so far this year, and further recruitment to GTP is expected in the summer term.

Year of entry
Recruitment numbers1999-20002000-01
Total ITT25,96727,674
Autumn and spring term GTP5071,058
Total26,47428,732

Notes:

1. 2000-01 ITT recruitment figures are provisional figures, from Teacher Training Agency (TTA) Survey of ITT Providers.

2. The 2000-01 GTP recruitment figures are provisional figures for recruitment during autumn and spring terms 2000-01.

3. These latest 2000-01 GTP figures represent 63 per cent. of the total fully funded GTP places available this year. The 1999-2000 GTP figures are as recorded at the end of the spring term, which represented 58 per cent. of the end of year total recruitment.

4. Recruitment figures represent head-counts; that is the total of full-time and part-time recruitment.


The recruitment increases follow the announcement on 30 March of training salaries and new-style Golden Hellos, which have increased graduate recruitment to initial teacher training courses by 12 per cent. compared with last year; and of extra funding for the Graduate Teacher Programme, which is being doubled in size.

Schools (Capital Expenditure)

Mrs. Dean: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the total capital expenditure available for schools in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Burton constituency for each year from 1990-91 to 2000-01. [146985]

Jacqui Smith: The information showing the schools in the Burton constituency which have benefited from investment through the New Deal for Schools programme, which commenced in 1997-98, is contained in tables, copies of which have been placed in the Library. This is the only constituency level information which is readily available. These allocations formed part of the

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£20.151 million investment made so far in schools in Staffordshire local education authority under the New Deal for Schools programme.

The New Deal for Schools was introduced as a new additional programme targeted specifically at addressing the backlog of urgent repairs in school buildings that had built up after 18 years of underfunding under the previous Administration. It has been in addition to other capital funds made available to Staffordshire local education authority.

In total, since 1996, Staffordshire local education authority has received some £90.985 million of funding for capital investment in school buildings, as shown in a table which has also been placed in the Library.

Nationally, investment in school buildings has tripled from £683 million a year in 1996-97 to over £2 billion in 2000-01. It will be £3.2 billion in 2003-04, including grant, credit approvals and Private Finance Initiative credits. There will be central Government investment of £7.8 billion in school buildings in total from 2001-02 to 2003-04.


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