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Asset Management Plans

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the results of the local authority Asset Management Plans will be published. [9088]

Mr. Timms: The Department will be publishing in November analyses of premises information drawn from LEAs' Asset Management Plans.

Special Schools

Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils with special educational needs attended or are attending special schools in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c)1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999, (f) 2000 and (g) 2001. [8890]

Mr. Timms: The information requested is shown in the table.

Proportion(8) of pupils with statements of special educational needs (SEN) attending special schools in England, 1995–2001(9)

Position in January each yearMaintained special schoolsNon-maintained special schools
199540.62.4
199638.52.2
199737.22.1
199836.31.9
199935.21.8
2001(9) 34.41.8
33.91.7

(8) The number of pupils with statements expressed as a percentage of the number of pupils with statements in all schools.

(9) Estimates have been made for January 2001 because the data for SEN are known to be incomplete.

Source:

Annual Schools' Census


Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if any special schools have notified her Department that they are under immediate threat of closure. [8889]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 19 October 2001]: The Department has no record of any special school notifying it that they are under immediate threat of closure.

Under arrangements introduced in the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, decisions on statutory proposals for the reorganisation of special schools are now a matter for each local education authority's school organisation committee. However, the Department often does receive representations from schools, parents and others when local education authorities are considering special school reorganisations.

Teacher Recruitment

Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many extra full-time qualified teachers have been recruited into the profession since 1997. [8899]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 19 October 2001]: The number of full-time qualified regular teachers in the maintained schools sector in England increased by 3,650 between January 1997 and January 2001. Full-time and part-time qualified regular teachers rose by 8,310 (fte) during the same period.

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the Government will provide additional financial support to Surrey county council to help it to tackle teacher shortages. [8833]

Mr. Timms: The Government have put in place a £33 million recruitment and retention fund to help schools to put in place local recruitment and retention initiatives. In 2000–01, Surrey received £650,000 from the recruitment and retention fund. We are currently working on the allocation of funding for 2002–03 and will make an announcement in due course. >

Teacher Vacancies

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching places in the United Kingdom are vacant. [8834]

Mr. Timms: In January 2001, local authorities reported that there were 4,980 vacancies for full-time teachers in the maintained schools sector in England.

Responses to a sample survey of schools conducted by my Department in September 2001 indicated that there were about 2,000 vacancies in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in England, the comparable January figure was 4,700.

The supply of teachers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the devolved Administrations for those countries.

The figures quoted from both sources use the standard DfES definition of a teacher vacancy, which excludes posts filled by a full-time teacher on a contract of one term or more.

Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher vacancies there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools across the country in September. [8898]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 19 October 2001]: There were about 1,000 (0.6 per cent.) full-time teacher vacancies in maintained nursery and primary schools, and about 1,000 (0.6 per cent.) in maintained secondary schools in England in early September 2001.

These figures were obtained from a telephone survey of nearly 1,500 schools conducted by DfES. Teacher vacancies are measured using the standard DfES definition, which excludes posts filled by a full-time teacher on a contract of one term or more.

The survey shows that the vacancies in secondary schools were similar to those recorded in a telephone survey of a sample of secondary schools in September 2000.

Specialist Schools

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children attending (a) language, (b) sports, (c) technology and (d) arts specialist schools have SEN statements. [8400]

Mr. Timms: The latest year for which we have complete special educational needs data is January 2000.

Special educational needs data for January 2001 are incomplete. >

Percentage of pupils with statements of special educational needs, January 2000

Schools designated as specialist as at September 2001
Language specialist schools1.7
Sports specialist schools3.0
Technology specialist schools2.6
Arts specialist schools2.6

Classroom Assistants

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many classroom assistants are employed in primary schools in England and Wales; and what proportion have formal qualifications. [8829]

Mr. Timms: In January 2001 there were 63,176 full- time equivalent teaching assistants employed in maintained primary schools in England. Information on formal qualifications of teaching assistants is not collected centrally.

For information on teaching assistants in Wales, I refer the hon. Member to the National Assembly for Wales.

School Funding

Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the average amount of funding per student received by (a) specialist schools and (b) community schools, in the current academic year. [8883]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 19 October 2001]: Information about funding of pupils is not collected separately for specialist and community schools. Specialist schools receive additional grant of £123 per pupil per year up to 1,000 pupils and for pupil numbers above 1,200. >

Catch-up Provision

Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will publish an analysis of findings from the Government's pilot programmes of catch-up provision and summer schools; [8880]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 19 October 2001]: All 205 pilot schools used the year 7 progress tests in English and mathematics this year. Our initial analysis confirms that there is still further work to do with children who need additional help: 29 per cent. of eligible pupils who sat the test attained level 4 in English, and 11 per cent. in mathematics.

We are looking in more detail at the results of the pilot schools. We will also have Ofsted's report on the first year of the key stage 3 pilot in November. On the basis of these findings, we will be in a position to decide what, if any, changes should be made to the strategy.

Advanced Skills Teachers

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many advanced skills teachers are working in primary, secondary and special schools, or are centrally employed broken down by subject. [8837]

Mr. Timms: Advanced skills teachers in post in the maintained schools sector in England in January 2001 by phase and main teaching subject were as follows: >

PrimarySecondarySpecialTotal
Primary Curriculum30(10)(10)30
Mathematics1040(10)50
Information technology1010(10)20
Science1060(10)70
Modern foreign languages(10)30(10)30
English1040(10)60
Drama(10)10(10)10
History(10)10(10)10
Geography(10)20(10)20
Religious education(10)10(10)10
Design and technology(10)30(10)30
Art(10)10(10)10
Music(10)10(10)20
Physical education(10)10(10)10
Special Educational Needs10101020
Humanities(10)10(10)10
Early years10(10)(10)10
Personal, Social and Health Education(10)(10)(10)10
Other and combined subjects505010110
No subject specialism recorded1020(10)30
Total16038020560

(10) Less than five

Notes:

1. Totals may not appear to equal the sum of their component parts due to rounding

2. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10

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Since AST assessments resumed in April 2001 a further 361 teachers have been successfully assessed as ASTs, 142 for primary schools, 200 for secondary schools and 19 for special schools.


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