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North Southwark Education Action Zone

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what reasons underlay the delay in presenting the North Southwark Education Action Zone account for 1998-99 to Parliament. [150350]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 13 February 2001]: Zone accounts are laid before Parliament by the National Audit Office (NAO) once they are satisfied that they can give a full opinion. The NAO found that North Southwark EAZ had difficulty in providing evidence to support some zone transactions and needed to strengthen financial controls. Once these issues had been successfully resolved the accounts were laid before Parliament.

Student Debt

Mr. Wood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the average value is of the debt owed by a student leaving university. [150422]

Mr. Wicks: The average debt of a borrower with a mortgage-style student loan entering repayment at the start of the financial year 1999-2000, the latest date for which data are available, was £3,210.

Information on private sector debt such as overdrafts and other commercial loans is not available centrally.

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New Deal (Over-50s)

Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many people aged over 50 years in (a) Yorkshire and Humberside and (b) the city of York are eligible to apply for the New Deal for the over 50s. [149448]

Ms Jowell: At December 2000, 7,565 JSA recipients in the Employment Service region of Yorkshire and the Humber, and 105 people in the unitary authority area of York, were eligible for New Deal 50 plus. It is not possible to provide figures for eligible people in receipt of non-JSA benefits.

School Funding (Copeland)

Dr. Jack Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) if he will list the additional resources he has made available to schools in Copeland; under which (a) schemes and (b) funds they are provided; and if he will make a statement; [149173]

Ms Estelle Morris: Most funding for schools is distributed via local education authorities. Many funding allocations can be given only at local education authority level, not constituency level. Listed are the Department's funding allocations for education in Cumbria for each year since 1996-97. The figures for 2000-01 are the total grants currently estimated to be paid.

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Funding allocations to Cumbria

£000
Programme1996-971997-981998-991999-20002000-01
Education Standard Spending Assessment170,602170,400186,100195,500205,834
Schools Capital6,1754,9207,68010,25419,764
Standards Fund1,5501,9852,8845,30911,316
School Standards Grant--------3,399
School Budget Support Grant--------571
Nursery Education Grant--1,951557601804
Schedule 32 Grant------10773
Insurance Grant for former GM Schools------2824
Transitional Grant for former GM Schools--------199
Teachers Pay Reform Special Grant: Threshold--------2,604


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Schools in the Copeland constituency received £462,000 School Standards Grant (SSG) in 2000-01, with an estimated SSG of £860,000 for Copeland schools in 2001-02. Final allocations for 2001-02 will depend on pupil numbers as reported in the Annual Schools Census.

The table shows the schools in the Copeland constituency which have benefited from investment

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through the New Deal for Schools programme which commenced in 1997-98. This is the only constituency level information for capital expenditure which is readily available. These allocations formed part of the £10.877 million investment made so far in schools in Cumbria under the New Deal for Schools programme, and are included in the total schools capital funding allocations for Cumbria already listed.

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New Deal for schools--allocations to schools in the Copeland constituency

£
SchoolProject detailsGrant awarded
1997-98
St. Bridget's PrimaryReplacement of temporary classrooms
Millom SchoolsICT Room
All county and voluntary controlled primary schools which have no fire alarm systemProvision of fire alarm systems (4)598,000
Whitehaven SchoolUpgrade laboratories
1998-99
St. Benedict's RC High SchoolRefurbishment of six science laboratories204,336
1999-2000
Captain Shaw's CofE SchoolRepair and remodelling of school building256,205
St. Benedict's RC High SchoolFire precautions22,248
Ehenside SchoolFire precautions20,000
Brookwell Primary SchoolReplacement of temporary classroom103,110
Millom SchoolRemodelling of science laboratories123,852
2000-01
St. Benedict's RC High SchoolDrainage, levelling and resurfacing school playing fields146,575
Refurbishment of food technology areas49,890
Ehenside SchoolRefurbishment of labs27,588
Window replacement146,300
Gym and changing area refurbishment60,610
Replacement of hall floor and associated walkway24,200
Remodelling of CDT and art facilities200,000
Whitehaven SchoolRefurbishment of labs90,134
Ennerdale and Kinniside CofE Primary SchoolMillennium extension project50,500
Wyndham SchoolLibrary block refurbishment68,200
Remodelling/upgrading of laboratories75,000
Thornhill Primary SchoolRe-roofing104,500
Distington Infant SchoolRenewal of defective flat roofs17,875

(4) Denotes total allocation made to all projects


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Under this Government, funding per pupil has already increased by over £3,000 in real terms, and it will increase by a further £150 per pupil for 2001-02. Under the last Government, funding per pupil fell by £60 in real terms between 1994-95 and 1997-98. There will be further increases in funding following the year 2000 spending review: a further £370 per pupil over the three year period, taking the total increase to nearly £700 between 1997-98 and 2003-04.

Learning and Skills Councils

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many students he has appointed to Learning and Skills Councils. [148982]

Mr. Wicks [holding answer 7 February 2001]: The information requested is not available as applicants for positions with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and the local LSCs were not asked to declare whether they are currently or have been students.

However, we recognise that to be successful, the LSC must be fully responsive to the needs of learners and potential learners. Learning Partnerships are already charged with ensuring that consultative mechanisms are

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in place to capture and articulate the views and opinions of young and adult learners, and feed these back to the LSC.

The LSC itself is also considering what further mechanisms it needs to put in place at national and local levels to ensure that young people are effectively engaged in the new arrangements, and to advise on young people's learning needs and expectations.

Newly Qualified Teachers

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many newly qualified teachers employed in (a) the primary and (b) the secondary sector, have left their posts within (i) one year, (ii) two years and (ii) three years in each of the past five years, broken down in the case of secondary school teachers by the subject of their qualification. [147636]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 29 January 2001]: The number of leavers in each year as a proportion of the appropriate cohort of new entrants has remained reasonably constant throughout the five year period and the proportion of leavers from the overall number of teachers in service fell in 1998-99.

New full-time and part-time qualified teachers from the nursery, primary and secondary schools sector in England who left the maintained schools sector in their first three years, and all leavers, are as follows.

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Leavers 1994-95

Less than 1 year(5),(6)One but less than 2 years(6)Two but less than 3 years(6)All leavers(7)
Nursery and primary61061060015,500 (8 per cent.)
Secondary
Mathematics808070n/a
English809080n/a
Science80120100n/a
Languages80100100n/a
Technology and Art11013070n/a
History303030n/a
Geography103030n/a
Music203030n/a
Religious education202020n/a
Physical education303050n/a
Other subject or subject not known9090100n/a
Total secondary62075066015,600 (8 per cent.)
Total nursery, primary and secondary1,2301,3601,26031,100 (8 per cent.)
Leavers as a proportion of the appropriate cohort of new entrants (per cent.)6.98.48.2

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Leavers 1995-96

Less than 1 year(5),(6)One but less than 2 years(6)Two but less than 3 years(6)All leavers(7)
Nursery and primary68064062015,800 (8 per cent.)
Secondary
Mathematics8012070n/a
English7012090n/a
Science120160130n/a
Languages80130110n/a
Technology and Art130150110n/a
History404030n/a
Geography204030n/a
Music203020n/a
Religious education203030n/a
Physical education604050n/a
Other subject or subject not known909080n/a
Total secondary72092073016,600 (8 per cent.)
Total nursery, primary and secondary1,4001,5601,34032,400 (8 per cent.)
Leavers as a proportion of the appropriate cohort of new entrants (per cent.)7.38.88.3

Leavers 1996-97

Less than 1 year(5),(6)One but less than 2 years(6)Two but less than 3 years(6)All leavers(7)
Nursery and primary65065062016,400 (9 per cent.)
Secondary
Mathematics8010080n/a
English80100100n/a
Science120130130n/a
Languages90100100n/a
Technology and Art120120140n/a
History403030n/a
Geography204040n/a
Music203020n/a
Religious education202020n/a
Physical education504060n/a
Other subject or subject not known705060n/a
Total secondary70076079015,900 (8 per cent.)
Total nursery, primary and secondary1,3501,4101,40032,400 (8 per cent.)
Leavers as a proportion of the appropriate cohort of new entrants (per cent.)7.07.37.9

Leavers 1997-98

Less than 1 year(5),(6)One but less than 2 years(6)Two but less than 3 years(6)All leavers(7)
Nursery and primary73073069017,700 (9 per cent.)
Secondary
Mathematics7010080n/a
English100120100n/a
Science110140130n/a
Languages80110120n/a
Technology and Art100130120n/a
History404030n/a
Geography303040n/a
Music203030n/a
Religious education203030n/a
Physical education705040n/a
Other subject or subject not known605050n/a
Total secondary71082076017,700 (9 per cent.)
Total nursery, primary and secondary1,4401,5501,46035,100 (9 per cent.)
Leavers as a proportion of the appropriate cohort of new entrants (per cent.)7.28.07.6

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Leavers 1998-99

Less than 1 year(5),(6)One but less than 2 years(6)Two but less than 3 years(6)All leavers(7)
Nursery and primary58076077013,500 (7 per cent.)
Secondary
Mathematics80100100n/a
English120130120n/a
Science130170140n/a
Languages90130130n/a
Technology and Art130150120n/a
History404040n/a
Geography406030n/a
Music204030n/a
Religious education304020n/a
Physical education707050n/a
Other subject or subject not known505040n/a
Total secondary79097082014,000 (7 per cent.)
Total nursery, primary and secondary1,3801,7301,58027,500 (7 per cent.)
Leavers as a proportion of the appropriate cohort of new entrants (per cent.)6.48.68.2

(5) Includes those who entered and left within a year.

(6) Excludes those who left but returned to service within the same financial year.

(7) All full-time and part-time qualified teachers from the nursery, primary and secondary schools sector in England who have left teaching or left the maintained schools sector. The figure in brackets is all leavers as a percentage of full and part-time teachers in service at the start of the financial year. Subject of qualification is not available for leavers who qualified before 1985.


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The full-time equivalent number of regular teachers in the maintained sector has increased by 6,900 between January 1998 and January 2000.There was a growth of 2,000 in the number of people training to be teachers between 1999-2000 and 2000-01, the first such increase since 1992-93.

From April 2001 new graduate recruits can expect to earn £17,000 a year (up from 6 per cent. from the previous year) and starting salaries in inner London will rise to £20,000 (up 9 per cent. from the previous year).


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