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Students Fund

Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what grants from the Students Fund for 2001-02 are still to be announced; and if he will make a statement. [152482]

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Mr. Wicks: The total amount of funding which the Government are making available through the higher education Hardship Fund in 2001-02 is £93.3 million, 6 per cent. higher than in 2000-01. The total includes funding for fee waivers for part-time students, bursaries for student parents and Opportunity Bursaries. Within the

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total, resources for higher education students in further education institutions have been almost doubled to just under £5 million.

Learner Support Funds for 16 to 19-year-old students, including general further education Access Funds, residential funding for students in specialist colleges and support for students in school sixth forms, will total £47.4 million in 2001-02, representing a 9 per cent. increase year on year. Support for students aged 19+ through these funds, including resources for child care support, will be £67 million in 2001-02, representing an increase of over 20 per cent. year on year.

Notification of allocations from the Hardship Fund to higher education institutions will be made this month. Allocations of Learner Support Funds and the Hardship Fund will be notified to further education institutions at the beginning of April.

Faith Schools

Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on faith schools. [152555]

Ms Estelle Morris: As our recent Green Paper says, we wish to welcome more faith schools within the publicly funded sector of education, where there is clear local demand from parents and the community. Schools with a strong sense of identity and a distinctive ethos, like

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faith schools, tend to be valued by parents. The faith schools in my hon. Friend's constituency are the following:

I welcome the valuable contribution they make to pupils' development and to the Wirral community of schools.

Funding (South Shields and South Tyneside)

Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) what the SSA per (a) primary school and (b) secondary school was, in real terms, for South Tyneside in each year since 1996; [152783]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 12 March 2001]: The information requested is in the tables. They show that between 1996-97 and 1997-98 total funding in South Tyneside increased by £50 per pupil in real terms. Between 1997-98 and 2000-01 South Tyneside's funding per pupil has increased by £430 per pupil in real terms. Grant figures have not yet been finalised for 2001-02, so no comparable figure is available for that year.

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South Tyneside Per pupil funding £

Cash Cash Cash
Primary 5-10 Secondary 11-15 Schools 5-15
SSAGrantsTotal per pupilSSAGrantsTotal per pupilSSAGrantsTotal per pupil

Per pupil funding £

Real terms 1990-2000 prices Real terms 1999-2000 prices Real terms 1999-2000 prices
Primary 5-10 Secondary 11-15 Schools 5-15
SSAGrantsPer pupilSSAGrantsPer pupilSSAGrantsPer pupil


Real terms calculated using GDP deflators published by the Treasury 7 March 2001.

Figures are rounded to the nearest £10.

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Teachers' Morale

Mr. Purchase: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on trends in teachers' morale since the appointment of the new Chief Inspector of Schools. [153010]

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Ms Estelle Morris: My Department has not attempted to measure the effect on teachers' morale of the appointment of HM Chief Inspectors of Schools. My right hon. Friend and I are happy to put on record our support for the teaching profession and our recognition of the hard work of teachers in raising standards in our schools.

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School Computers (Wansbeck)

Mr. Denis Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many computers there are in schools in Wansbeck; and how many there were in 1997. [153146]

Mr. Wills: The Department does not collect details about the numbers of school computers held in individual constituencies. Data from the Department's Survey of information and communications technology in Schools 1996 are given, as the survey was performed bi-annually until 1998. The comparable survey in 2000 shows that the numbers of computers in schools in England has increased as shown in the following table:

SectorMarch 1996March 2000
1 Primary 13.017.8

The ratio of computers to pupils since 1996 has improved as follows:

SectorMarch 1996March 2000
2 Primary1:191:12.6

Teachers (Lancashire)

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the number of (a) part-time teachers, (b) teachers recruited from overseas and (c) supply teachers employed by Lancashire Education Authority in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv) 2000 and (v) 2001. [153155]

Ms Estelle Morris: Part-time teachers and qualified short-term supply teachers on contracts of under one month employed in the maintained schools sector in Lancashire local authority are as follows:

JanuaryPart-time teachers (headcount) Supply teachers(38)

(38) Supply teachers employed for a full day on the day of the count. Supply teachers on contracts of one month or more cannot be separately identified from teachers in regular service and are not included in the table.


All numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10

Teachers recruited from overseas are not collected centrally. Teacher numbers for January 2001 are not yet available.

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The Local Government Reorganisation affected Lancashire on 1 April 1998. From this date, Lancashire split to become three authorities: Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. The figures in the table for 1999 and 2000 are the addition of the three new authorities.

The number of regular teachers (ie excluding short-term supply) in maintained schools in England increased by 6,900 between January 1998 and January 2000.

There was a growth of more than 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 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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