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Departmental Policies (Bolton, West)

Ms Kelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bolton, West constituency, the effect on Bolton of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [149102]

Mr. Wills [holding answer 6 February 2001]: Details of the effect on the Bolton, West constituency and Bolton LEA of a range of the Department's policies are outlined as follows.

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Sure Start:

The Sure Start programme is situated in north-west Bolton covering three wards. The programme addresses the need to reshape services and improve parents awareness on child care issues. It works closely with parents to deliver services that address their needs such as the expansion of the books for babies project. On primary health issues they are working closely with the National Childbirth Trust to build on existing services.

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The programme was allocated £2.5 million over three years until 2000-01.

Beacon Schools:

Bolton has four beacon schools: Canon Slade CE School, Gilnow County Primary School, St. Teresa's RC Primary School and St. Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School.

Specialist Schools:

Bolton has four Specialist Schools: Turton High School (Arts), Little Lever School (Language), St. Joseph's RC High School (Sports) and Rivington and Blackrod High School (Technology). Turton will become operational from September 2001.

Education Action Zones:

The Breightment and Tong EAZ began in April 2000 and involves 15 primary, two secondary and one special school.

Key activities: Recruitment of local residents to become classroom assistants and reading helpers; a programme of curriculum enhancement, including partnership with World Challenge to develop the personal and social skills of pupils; extended family literacy and parenting skills courses throughout the Zone; out-of-school hours education; and individualised professional development for teachers and non-teaching staff.

LEA Performance figures:

Key Stage 2 results


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GCSE and GNVQ results

5+ A*-C:
LEA average41.343.240.340.0
England average49.247.946.345.1
5+ A*-G:--------
LEA average89.287.686.386.0
England average88.988.587.586.4
No passes:--------
LEA average5.
England average5.

Infant class sizes

Revenue 0807,0001,610,754

The September 2000 figure shows that there are now no pupils remaining in infant class sizes of 31 or more. The figure in January 1997 was 4,835 (48.4 per cent.).

Education Maintenance Allowance:

The Bolton EMA model is a variation of the core model in that the £30 per week is paid to the parent. In addition there is a term £50 retention bonus plus a £50 achievement bonus. All the bonuses are paid to the young person.

In the academic year 1999-2000 the EMA expenditure in Bolton on paying EMAs to young people was £746,000. Their EMA allocation for this year is £2,733,183 as an EMA is now available to eligible young people in years 12 and 13. The actual spend is likely to be less than this figure as it depends on the uptake of EMAs in the area by young people.

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Capital allocations for the LEA

VA grant1,422937628426947
Capital formula--2,056------
Science labs185185------
Access at per cent. 8534833222113
Class Size--42278211--
Outside Toilets------174--
Energy Efficiency------86--
Assistance with AMPs----38----
Nursery Provision--67------

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PFI Credits: £2.4 million--This project is to rebuild Castle Hill Primary School and provide a learning resource centre offering facilities to the wider community.

Examples of New Deal for Schools projects in Bolton, West:

NDS 1: Total Allocation £381,000.

Included within a eight school package: heating facilities--Blackrod Primary and Church Road Primary Schools. Included within a 12 school package: lighting--

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Church Road Primary and St. Joseph's RC Secondary Schools.

NDS 3: Total Allocation £3.31 million

The Deane School--Refurbishment of school: £2,683,186 the Woodside Senior School--Relocation of school: £626,729

NDS4: Total Allocation £3.85 million

Included in a seven school package: Replacement of temporary classrooms--£1,506,040. Devonshire Road Primary, Lord Street Primary and Markland Hill Primary Schools.

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Further education: Student numbers at all FEFC-funded institutions where home postcode is in the Bolton LEA 1996-97 to 1999-2000(35)

Council funded Non Council funded
16-18 19+ 16-18 19+ Grand
Students at FE colleges and external institutions
FE students at higher education institutions

(35) Excludes students with invalid/missing postcodes

(36) Data for higher education institutions not yet available

Modern Apprenticeships
Since 2 May 1997, we know of 1,049 starts on Modern Apprenticeships in the Bolton, West constituency (as at 31 October 2000). Broken down by financial year these are:

Financial yearFoundation modern apprenticeships(37)Advanced modern apprenticeships(38)Total

(37) Foundation Modern Apprenticeships, formerly known as National Traineeships, were introduced nationally in September 1997

(38) Advanced Modern Apprenticeships, formerly known as Modern Apprenticeships, were introduced nationally in September 1995

(39) To date


1. The Trainee Database System (TDS), from which these data are taken, is less complete than Management Information supplied to the Department by Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs) (around 95 per cent.).

2. In addition, the postcode information on the TDS, from which parliamentary constituency data are compiled, are 95 per cent. complete.

3. TEC Management Information does not provide information at parliamentary constituency level.


WBTYP trainee database

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New Deal Statistics:

In the Bolton, West constituency to the end of November 2000, 438 young people have joined the New Deal, with 235 finding employment. Of these, 174 have entered sustained employment.

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Labour Market:

The working age employment rate in Bolton Unitary Authority in autumn 2000 was 74.0 per cent., below the UK rate of 74.7 per cent. The rate in autumn 1997 was 72.2 per cent. and in autumn 1999 73.8 per cent. The claimant unemployment rate has fallen from 3.2 per cent. in December 1997 to 2.8 per cent. in December 2000 in the Bolton, West constituency.

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