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Teacher Vacancies

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the teacher vacancy rate was in (a) nursery/ primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) all schools in (i) the constituency of South Suffolk, (ii) the constituency of West Suffolk (iii) the constituency of Ipswich, (iv) the constituency of Suffolk, Coastal, (v) the constituency of Central Suffolk and Ipswich, North, (vi) the constituency of Bury St. Edmunds, (vii) Suffolk local education authority, (viii) East Anglia and (ix) England in (A) 1997–98, (B) 1998–99, (C) 1999–2000 and (D) 2000–01. [11575]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 31 October 2001]: Information on teacher vacancies by constituency is not collected centrally. Teacher vacancy rates in the maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools sector from 1998 to 2001, in Suffolk, the east of England government office region and England were as follows:


January 1998January 1999January 2000January 2001
Nursery and primary
East of England0.
East of England0.
Maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special sector
East of England0.

Foreign National Teachers (Surrey)

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many foreign nationals were employed as (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers in Surrey during the (i) 2000–01 academic year and (ii) previous four academic years. [11193]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 30 October 2001]: The information is not held centrally.

Teacher Vacancies (Surrey)

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary teacher vacancies there were in Surrey on 1 September in each year since 1997. [11191]

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Mr. Timms [holding answer 30 October 2001]: The information is not available in the form requested. Nursery, primary and secondary full-time teacher vacancies in Surrey in January of each year since 1997, reported by the local education authority, were as follows:

YearNursery and primarySecondary

Performance-related Pay

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has issued to schools regarding assessment of teachers for the upper spine of performance-related pay. [14565]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 13 November 2001]: The Department's guidance on School Teachers' Pay and Conditions of Employment 2001 includes a section entitled "Threshold and Upper Pay Scale" and Annexe A includes a section entitled "Handling Performance Pay". The Secretary of State will soon launch a consultation on the mechanism for specific funding to contribute towards the cost to schools of awarding performance pay points to teachers.

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Teachers (Maintained Schools)

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of permanent teaching posts in maintained schools which were not filled on the first day of the current term; and what percentage this is of the total number of permanent teaching posts. [7490]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 15 October 2001]: It is estimated, based on a telephone survey conducted on 6–7 September 2001, that there were about 2,000 full-time vacancies (0.6 per cent. of posts) in nursery, primary and secondary schools.

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.

Ministerial Travel

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her written answer of 7 November 2001, Official Report, columns 245–46W, on ministerial travel, what was the (a) purpose, (b) duration and (c) cost of each of the ministerial visits. [14569]

Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 13 November 2001]: The purpose, duration and cost of each of the ministerial visits since 1 May 1997 are set out in the following tables. Recurrent meetings are given in the first table; one off trips in the second.

PurposeAverage duration (days)Average cost (£)
Attending Social Affairs Council Meeting x 2511,600
Attending Education Council Meeting x 721,000
Attending OECD Conference Meeting x 611,400
Attending G8 Conference x 546,350
Attending ILO Conference x 421,100
Attending Youth Council Meeting x 41800
Attending Higher Education Conference x 431,050
Attending UNESCO Conference x 211,000
Promoting Higher Education and Vocational Education x 2810,600
Attending Skills Olympics x 244,400
Promoting Education Exports x 2810,900
Attending European Higher Education Meeting x 22925
Attending Meeting of Employment and Social Policy Council x 221,600

PurposeDuration (days)Cost (£)
Attending Commonwealth Ministers Conference815,600
Meeting to discuss Disability and New Deal Schemes411,000
Attending Meeting with French Minister1850
Promoting Apprenticeship Schemes (BMW)11,200
Attending European Employment Week Conference1550
Attending Meeting with Swedish Labour Minister11,050
Attending Meeting with Dutch Minister1850
Attending European Policy Conference2550
Attending Meetings with Representatives of the European Parliament1950
Attending Meeting with European Ministers12,400
Attending Labour Standards Symposium1900
Attending Meeting with Spanish Ministers of Education and Employment11,650
Attending Equal Opportunities Conference42,050
Attending EU Employment Ministers Conference32,000
Attending School Reform Conference48,450
Attending Disability Conference1750
Delivering Speech to Quandt Foundation1750
Attending Meeting to Discuss National Parliaments Action Plans1700
Attending Joint EC and Eastern Europe Education Council31,150
Meeting to Discuss European Voluntary Service Conciliation11,200
Attending Anglo-Italian Seminar11,250
Attending European Commission Annual Forum11,450
Attending Human Rights Conference1023,450
Attending Bilaterals with Education and Employment Ministers12,300
Attendance at Lifelong Learning Conference38,950
Attending Anglo-Spanish Employment Conference21,300
Attending Education Conference2650
Attending BTI Conference15,500
Attending Education and Employment Conference13,200
Participating in Education Bilateral11,550
Promoting Education and Training77,700
Attending Meeting with EU Labour Ministers20
Attending People and Politics Seminar1750
Attending Head Teachers Conference1450
Visiting Centre for Income and Work1950
Attending Conference and Undertaking School Visits119,900
Attending Meeting with Finnish Ministers11,550
Attending Meeting with Polish Employment Ministers11,400
Attending Meeting of Social Affairs Ministers21,850
Attending Meetings on Disability, Childcare and Equal Opportunities711,900
Attending Meetings with EU and Central and Eastern European Ministers2650
Promoting Modern Apprenticeships21,800
Attending CERI Governing Board Meeting and Conference on Harnessing the Potential11,100
Attending Welfare to Work Conference812,600
Attending Meeting for Portuguese Presidency2650
Attending "One" Workshop1900
Attending Europe Globalisation and Future of Social Policy Conference11,450
Attending European School Net Conference1250
Attending World Social Summit11,400
Attending Work, Culture and Identity Conference11,250
Attending Meeting with Swedish Employment Ministers11,050
Attending Ageism Conference1950
Attending Conference for Finnish Presidency2650
Attending European Diversity in the Workplace Conference41,050
Attending NAHT Annual Conference1850
Attending Meeting to Discuss Anglo-Sino Education Agreement720,300
Attending Meeting with Russian Education Ministers44,050
Meeting with British Council and Undertaking School Visits611,350
Meeting to Discuss Article 131750
Promoting Early Years Providers42,400
Attending Ministers Conference in France1500
Attending Learning Communities Conference86,600
Attending Middle East Education and Labour Conference44,800
Promoting Early Years and Employment Programme22,600
Attending EU Education and Employment Conference2850
Attending Education Conference69,850
Attending EU, Latin American and Caribbean Conference1950
Attending Mobility Meeting1450
Undertaking Visit to Institute of Florence2600
Forum on Education and Employment1350
Promoting British Education System812,050
Attending Meeting with British Council2700
Attending Work Life Balance Conference11,500
Promoting Education, Employment and Training13,950
Attending Meeting with EU Education Ministers2900
Attending Meetings of Ministers for Telecommunications and Employment12,600
Attending Meeting with Higher Education Ministers1700
Attending Club 3 Conference2500
Attending NASUWT Conference1650
Attending EU Education and Youth Conference1500
Attending Meeting to Discuss the Delivery of Employment Services1550
Attending EU Education Ministers Conference22,950
Attending ICT Conference4250


All travel complied with the requirements of the "Ministerial Code" and "Travel by Ministers".

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