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Departmental Policies (Bristol, East)

Jean Corston: 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 Bristol, East constituency, the effects on Bristol of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [150550]

Mr. Wills: Outlined are details of the effects of a range of the Department's policies on the Bristol, East constituency and on the City of Bristol LEA.

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    Bristol LEA GCSE and GNVQ results:


5+ A*-C Passes
Bristol LEA31.
England Average(18)49.247.946.345.1
5+ A*-G Passes
Bristol LEA81.180.580.481.2
England Average(18)88.988.587.586.4
No Passes
Bristol LEA10.410.710.910.9
England Average(18)

(18) Includes Independent schools

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Education Action Zone
Seven primary schools (Bannerman Road, Barton Hill, Hannah More, Whitehall, Millpond, St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Barton Hill Nursery and Infants) and one secondary school (St. George Community College) located within the Bristol, East constituency are among a group of 17 schools included in the Bristol Education Action Zone formed in September 2000.
Key activities:
Teaching and learning.
Pupil engagement--setting up groups within schools to support young people in establishing their cultural and gender identity.
Children as effective communicators.
Parental engagement--developing groups to support parents from minority ethnic backgrounds.

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Participation and progression.
Developing effective urban leaders and managers.
ICT--providing networked computers, free training for teachers, out of hours access for community use.
Support from the Arts Council of England means that arts will form part of each of the above strands.
Infant Class Size



    The September 2000 figures show that there are now only 96 (0.9 per cent.) pupils remaining in infant classes of 31 or more. The figure in January 1997 was 3,708 (29 per cent.)

    Sure Start

    Bristol was one of the successful areas in the Sure Start initiative with a trailblazer project in the Hartcliffe, Highridge and Withywood areas of the city. £3,161,682 has been allocated up to March 2002 towards offering increased play and family learning opportunities. The Knowle West area of Bristol also has a scheme to enable a comprehensive care and education service for children aged 0 to 4 to be created, with £1,835,838 already approved, and a further £710,000 approved in principle up to March 2003.

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Credit Approvals
VA Grant2568272513511651,850
Schools Formula Capital1,3222,417------3,739
Science labs177177------354
Nursery provision--75------75
AMP support----46----46
SEED challenge234207------441
Class Size Initiative--5298203--506
Schools Access Initiative at 85 per cent.349--------349
Schools Security at 75 per cent.--11611911794446
Early Excellence Centre--210------210
Outside toilet removal------40--40

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Excellence in Cities (EiC)
Bristol LEA was included in the second phase of Excellence in Cities, announced on 23 March 2000. All 22 maintained secondary schools in Bristol are involved in the EiC programme, and special schools have been involved in the partnership planning process too.
There are four EiC secondary schools in the Bristol, East constituency:
St. George Community College;

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St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple school (a Beacon school designated through EiC); Whitefield Fishponds Community School;
Brislington School and 6th Form Centre.
These have all benefited proportionately from Excellence in Cities but individual school allocations are determined within local partnerships. The table shows the resourcing of EiC strands across all Bristol's secondary schools.

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Key strand EiC status in Bristol
Learning Mentors37.2 full-time equivalent--43 in total
Learning Support Units4
City Learning Centres2 planned for January 2002
Beacon and Specialist schools3 in total--1 Secondary ; 1 Primary; 1 Nursery
Small Education Action Zones2 approved, starting March and September 2001
Extended opportunities for gifted and talented pupilsAll schools have a EiC co-ordinator with a laptop; 5 to 10 per cent. cohorts identified in every school and year group; subject departmental policies being written in schools; cluster work on talented programmes; Easter schools targeting KS3 in English, maths and science, and KS4 maths; summer schools with Bristol and Exeter University; training for co-ordinators including a Thinking Skills day on 9 March; links with Learning Mentors.

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Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
Bristol LEA has no PPP/PFI projects to date. The LEA has submitted a bid in the current allocation round (to be announced in March) for an £85 million PFI project covering eight secondary schools. However, the LEA's review of secondary provision will

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not be complete until July 2001, and DfEE has asked the LEA to reconsider the timing of its bid, as the investment needs of its secondary schools will not be known until the review is completed. As a result, Bristol LEA is considering whether to resubmit their bid as part of next year's schools capital allocation.

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New Deal for Schools
Allocations for schools in the Bristol, East constituency

Year School ProjectGrant awarded (£)
1997-98Bannerman Road primaryReplace classrooms(19)620,000
Holymead InfantsReplace classrooms
Holymead JuniorRefurbishment/redecoration
St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple schoolLearning resource centre
1998-99Bannerman Road primaryResurface playground20,000
St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple schoolRefurbish toilets30,000
1999-2000Bannerman Road primaryReplace school2,026,000
2000-01Holymead InfantsReplace school670,000
Included within a four school package: Brislington School and 6th Form CollegeRefurbish science labs(20)1,602,000
Included within a five school package: Broomhill JuniorsRemodelling and/or provision of ICT suites(20)671,000

(19) Local education authorities (LEAs) were not required to specify individual project costs for phase 1 of the NDS programme, so the amount shown is the total allocation in that year to the LEA. Bristol LEA holds project level information.

(20) Denotes total allocation made to package projects covering more than one school. Bristol LEA will be able to advise the value of projects at schools which have benefited from these allocations.

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Modern Apprenticeships data
Since 2 May 1997, we know of 1,033 starts on Modern Apprenticeships in the Bristol, East constituency (as at 30 November 2000). Broken down by financial year these are:

Financial yearFoundation Modern Apprenticeships(21)Advanced Modern Apprenticeships(22)Total
2000-01 (to date)12783210

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

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


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

New Deal for Young People

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