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Departmental Policies (Tiverton and Honiton)

Mr. Martyn Jones: 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 Tiverton and Honiton constituency, the effects on Tiverton and Honiton of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [157814]

Mr. Wills: Outlined are details of the effects of a range of the Department's policies on the Tiverton and Honiton constituency and Devon LEA.

Schools with specialist status

Queen Elizabeth Community College was awarded Technology college status in 1998.

School Achievement Awards

Staff at 12 schools in the constituency received Improvement Awards because pupil performance in 2000 was substantially better than in 1997, or because schools had come out of special measures. Four schools received Excellence Awards, because pupil performance in 2000 was better than most schools in similar circumstances. Awards were around £5,000 for a typical primary school and £25,000 for a typical secondary school.

Class Sizes

£000

Revenue FundingCapital Funding
1998-991,000523
1999-20001,831732
2000-012,596719
Total5,4271,974

The September 2000 figures show that in Devon there are now 62 (0.3 per cent.) pupils remaining in infant classes of 31 or more. The figure in January 1998 was 5,639 (26 per cent.).

Classroom of the Future

Devon LEA was awarded £900,000 as part of this initiative in February 2001. The stated aim is, in the context of recent educational research, to provide life long learning opportunities that broaden experiences for pupils and the whole community. It will be an inclusive project that provides greater educational opportunities for those

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living in rural communities, so that social exclusion in isolated rural areas no longer exists. The proposal is to set up units in two primary schools and a community college within an existing cluster of schools, and to work with three technology colleges. The potential of ICT is fully explored, in combination with sustainable design. Partners include Exeter and Plymouth universities and the Timber Research and Development Association.

Performance Data (England averages include independent schools)

Key Stage 2 test results: percentage of pupils achieving level 4 or above

(50)1997199819992000
English
LEA62667275
England63657175
Maths
LEA62607072
England62596972
Science
LEA67728086
England69697885

GCSE and GNVQ results
Percentage

(50)1997199819992000
5+ A*-C grades
LEA average44474849
England average45464849
5+ A*-G grades
LEA average90919191
England average86888989
No Passes
LEA average5444
England average8766
Average Point Score
LEA averagen/a38.438.739.2
England averagen/a37.038.138.9

(50) Results for 1997 include Plymouth and Torbay, which became separate unitary authorities with effect from 1998.


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GCE A/AS level examinations and advanced GNVQs

199819992000
Average points for 2 or more A/AS levels
LEA average16.317.317.9
England average17.818.218.5
A/AS average per entry
LEA average5.25.55.3
England average5.45.55.5
Average point score GNVQs
LEA average10.510.710.6
England average9.69.910.1

Funding per pupil


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In Devon LEA, funding per pupil has increased by £420 in real terms between 1997-98 and 2001-02.

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LEA capital funding
£000

1997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-02Total
Credit approvals
Annual Capital Guideline (ACG)10,8906,7886,7279,46710,07243,944
Supplementary Credit Approval (SCA)2,7718571,2003281,4006,556
Grants
New Deal for Schools1,0182,3974,7637,536--15,714
NDS Condition funding--------1,5201,520
Nat. Grid for Learning (NGfL)--9791,2132,3423,6208,154
Voluntary Aided Grant1,0021872513871,7683,595
Devolved Formula Capital------5,0134,1019,114
Science labs------327327654
Energy--175------175
Assist Management Plan support----108----108
SEED challenge------341395736
Class Size Initiative--2471,001664--1,912
Outside toilet removal--972------972
Schools Security at 75 per cent.2622192312331651,110
SSLU's Grant------11499213
Schools Access Initiative at 85 per cent.------22581603
Totals15,94312,82115,49426,77424,04895,080

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Modern Apprenticeships

Information on Modern Apprenticeships for all English constituencies was placed in the Library of the House of Commons on 30 March 2001.

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New Deal for Schools

Year School ProjectAllocation (£)
1997-98Tiverton HighICT project(51)1,017,000
1998-99Clyst Hydon PrimaryReplacement of cesspool16,500
1999-2000Cullompton Community CollegeReplacement of concrete roof558,888
Clyst Vale Community CollegeUpgrade food technology area40,000
2000-01The King's SchoolReplacement of HORSA kitchen/dining building532,465
Honiton PrimaryReplacement of four temporary classrooms and demolition of HORSA kitchen493,370
Kentisbeare PrimaryReplacement of HORSA hut, temporary classroom and toilets (Phase 2)411,347
Broadclyst Community PrimaryReplacement of HORSA hut classrooms713,065

(51) The LEA will be able to advise how much of the total allocation of £1.017 million was awarded to this school.


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New Deal for Young People

In the Tiverton and Honiton constituency, 423 young people have joined the New Deal to end December 2000. 236 have found jobs, 190 of which are sustained.

Labour market statistics

The working age employment rate in Devon local education authority in winter 2000-01 was 77.6 per cent., above the UK rate of 74.5 per cent. The rate in winter 1996-97 was 73.5 per cent.

The claimant unemployment rate has fallen from 3.3 per cent. in March 1997 to 1.6 per cent. in March 2001 in the Tiverton and Honiton constituency.

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Class Sizes

Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many classes in UK primary schools excluding years one, two and three have more than 30 children in them. [157828]

Ms Estelle Morris: The number of key stage two classes in England, taught by one teacher, with 31 or more pupils was 22,817 (29.5 per cent.) in January 2001. The equivalent figure for January 1998 was 25,295 (34.3 per cent.). For information for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, I refer my hon. Friend to the Welsh Assembly, the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly respectively.

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Nationally, average class sizes for primary children have fallen under this Government. At Key Stage 1 the figure has gone down from 27.1 in January 1998 to 25.2 in January 2001. At Key Stage 2 the figure has gone down from 28.3 in January 1998 to 27.9 in 2001. This is a reflection of the fact that delivery of our infant class size pledge is not being achieved at the expense of bigger junior classes. We are making £73 million available in 2001-02 to make further progress on class sizes at Key Stage 2.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the average class size was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) March 1997 and (ii) March 2001 in North Yorkshire. [157868]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 10 April 2001]: The available information is shown in the table.

Average class size(52) in maintained primary and secondary schools in North Yorkshire LEA

PrimarySecondary
January 2001(53)25.321.1
January 199726.320.6

(52) Classes taught by one teacher.

(53) Provisional.


Information on class sizes as at January 2001 has been published in a Statistical First Release "Class Sizes in Maintained Schools in England January 2001" on 6 April, copies of which are available from the Library, or alternatively can be accessed from the Department for Education and Employment statistical website www.dfee.gov.uk/statistics.

Nationally, average class sizes for primary has fallen significantly since 1997. At Key Stage 1 the figure has gone down from 26.9 in 1997 to 25.2 in 2001. At Key Stage 2 the figure has gone down from 28.1 in 1997 to 27.9 in 2001. This is a reflection of the fact that delivery of our infant class size pledge is not being achieved at the expense of bigger junior classes. More generally at secondary level, the 2001 figures show that class sizes nationally have stabilised after a decade of rises. As for the pupil/teacher ratio in secondary schools, the number of pupils in secondary schools rose between 1991 and 1997 and between 1997 and 2001 by just under 190,000 nationally in both sets of years--yet the increase in the pupil/teacher ratio nationally in secondary schools was three times greater between 1991 and 1997 than it was between 1997 and 2001. Indeed, the 2001 figures show that the secondary pupil/teacher ratio has in fact improved for the first time in 10 years and now stands at 17.1.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the average class size was in the Bury St. Edmunds constituency for (i) middle schools and (ii) upper schools in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000; and what is it at present. [157975]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 10 April 2001]: The information requested is shown in the following table.

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Average class sizes(54) in Bury St. Edmunds constituency

Middle deemed secondary schoolsMaintained secondary schools(55)Key Stage 1
January 2001(56)25.219.123.4
January 200022.919.924.0
January 199923.118.724.9
January 199823.118.724.0
January 199722.718.924.7

(54) Classes taught by one teacher.

(55) Excluding middle deemed secondary schools.

(56) Provisional.


Average class sizes for primary children in Bury St. Edmunds have fallen significantly since 1997. At Key Stage 1 the figure has gone down from 24.7 in 1997 to 23.4 in 2001. At Key Stage 2 the figure has gone down from 26.7 in 1997 to 25.8 in 2001. This is a reflection of the fact that delivery of our infant class size pledge is not being achieved at the expense of bigger junior classes. More generally at secondary level, the 2001 figures show that class sizes nationally have stabilised after a decade of rises. As for the pupil/teacher ratio in secondary schools, the number of pupils in secondary schools rose between 1991 and 1997 and between 1997 and 2001 by just under 190,000 nationally in both sets of years--yet the increase in the pupil/teacher ratio nationally in secondary schools was three times greater between 1991 and 1997 than it was between 1997 and 2001. Indeed, the 2001 figures show that the secondary pupil/teacher ratio has in fact improved for the first time in 10 years and now stands at 17.1.

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what the average class size was in Suffolk local education authority for (i) middle schools and (ii) upper schools in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000; and what is it at present. [157976]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 10 April 2001]: The information requested is shown in the table.

Average class sizes(57) in Suffolk LEA

Middle deemed schoolsMaintained secondary schools(58) Key Stage 1
January 2001(59)24.220.223.7
January 200023.819.924.3
January 199923.619.624.1
January 199823.719.724.1
January 199723.320.124.3

(57) Classes taught by one teacher

(58) Excluding middle deemed secondary schools

(59) Provisional


Average class sizes for primary children in Suffolk LEA have fallen since this Government came to power. In addition to smaller Key Stage 1 classes, the size of the average Key Stage 2 class has gone down from 26.3 in January 1998 to 26.2 in January 2001. More generally at secondary level, the 2001 figures show that class sizes nationally have stabilised after a decade of rises. As for the pupil/teacher ratio in secondary schools, the number of pupils in secondary schools rose between 1991 and 1997 and between 1997 and 2001 by just under 190,000 nationally in both sets of years--yet the increase in the pupil/teacher ratio nationally in secondary schools was three times greater between 1991 and 1997 than it was

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between 1997 and 2001. Indeed, the 2001 figures show that the secondary pupil/teacher ratio has in fact improved for the first time in 10 years and now stands at 17.1.

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what has been the change to average class sizes in sixth forms in (a) West Sussex and (b) Chichester constituency since May 1997. [158593]

Ms Estelle Morris: In West Sussex local education authority the size of the average sixth form class has fallen from 11 in January 1997 to 9.7 in January 2001. The corresponding fall in Chichester is from 11.1 to 10.5.

At secondary level, the 2001 figures show that class sizes nationally have stabilised after a decade of rises. As for the pupil/teacher ratio in secondary schools, the number of pupils in secondary schools rose between 1991 and 1997 and between 1997 and 2001 by just under 190,000 nationally in both sets of years--yet the increase in the pupil/teacher ratio nationally in secondary schools was three times greater between 1991 and 1997 than it was between 1997 and 2001. Indeed, the 2001 figures show that the secondary pupil/teacher ratio has in fact improved for the first time in 10 years and now stands at 17.1.


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