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Head Teacher Vacancies (London)

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies there are for head teachers at schools in each of the London education authorities. [10265]

Mr. Timms: Full-time vacancies for head teachers in maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools in London at January 2001 is as follow:

City of London0
Hammersmith and Fulham2
Kensington and Chelsea0
Tower Hamlets2
City of Westminster2
Barking and Dagenham0
Kingston upon Thames0
Richmond upon Thames2
Waltham Forest0

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Teachers (East Yorkshire)

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the shortfall in the number of supply teachers is in the East Riding of Yorkshire (a) for the current academic year and (b) for each year since 1996; [10726]

Mr. Timms: The information is not collected centrally.

Teaching Qualifications

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of teachers in maintained secondary schools did not have an appropriate subject qualification for the subject which they teach in each of the last five years. [13040]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 6 November 2001]: The most recent figures available show that, in 1996–97, 18 per cent. of secondary school teachers did not hold an appropriate qualification in the subject that they were teaching, including teachers of subjects for which qualifications are not commonly held.

Pupil Spending (Bassetlaw)

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what has been the change in spending per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in Bassetlaw since 1997; [21212]

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Mr. Timms: The information requested is submitted to the Department according to local education authority areas, rather than districts within an area. Bassetlaw is a district of Nottinghamshire Local Education Authority. The information for Nottinghamshire LEA is as follows:


The figures are based on net institutional expenditure per pupil and are expressed in real terms and at 2000–01 prices. The SSA increase for Nottinghamshire for 2002–03 is 5.9 per cent. 1998–99 was the last year for Nottinghamshire with its current boundaries.

Individual Learning Accounts

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she plans to take in respect of individuals who have been defrauded of their individual learning accounts when they have applied for courses with genuine learning providers. [21059]

John Healey: The ILA programme is now closed and we shall not be accepting further bookings of learning. We are continuing to log details of complaints and will follow these up.

Our commitment to adult learning remains cast iron and the Secretary of State has already said that this is not the end of Government funding for adult learning, or of Government support for those who find a lack of money a barrier to returning to education, learning or training. We are developing future plans for a successor ILA-style scheme which build on the successful elements of the ILA programme.

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of learning providers who have ceased business as a result of the ending of the individual learning account scheme; and if she will make a statement. [22158]

John Healey [holding answer 10 December 2001]: The Department has made no estimate of the number of learning providers who may have ceased business as a result of the closure of the individual learning account programme.

Teachers Earnings

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the average weekly earnings of (a) a fully qualified teacher, (b) a primary school head teacher and (c) a secondary school head teacher in 2001–02. [21102]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 6 December 2001]: The estimated average weekly gross pay of full-time teachers in England and Wales from April 2001 is as follows.

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Teachers in England and Wales £
Qualified teacher in the maintained schools sector(15)550
Head teacher in maintained nursery and primary750
Head teacher in maintained secondary1,020

(15) Including staff on the leadership scale.

Departmental Staff (Home Working)

Mr. Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to encourage staff to work from home; and how many staff do so on a regular basis. [21836]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department of Education and Skills believes everyone should be allowed to balance their work and home commitments and that home working should be available to all staff, not just those with caring responsibilities. We encourage a culture of trust where people feel comfortable working from home and do not feel tied to working a fixed 9–5 pattern and try to discourage long hours working among staff. Staff can work at home on a full-time basis or for part of the week on a regular or occasional basis. Business needs remain at the top of our agenda. However, managers are encouraged to be sympathetic to all requests and grant them whenever possible.

The Department publicises its policy on flexible working to all staff and people working wholly or partly from home have access to our remote working system, which currently has 1,175 registered users, 27 per cent. of our total work force.

New Schools

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new schools were opened in each of the last 10 years. [21957]

John Healey: The following table shows the numbers of new maintained schools opened each year since 1996. The figures exclude new schools opened as a result of an amalgamation or reorganisation of schools or fresh start proposals. Reliable information is not available on the number of new schools opened prior to 1996.


Education Standard Spending Assessment

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list for each of the years 1995–96 to 2001–02 (a) the total amount of education SSA provided to local education authorities, (b) the final education budget agreed by local education authorities and (c) the amount by which the education budget exceeded SSA. [22370]

Mr. Timms [holding answer 11 December 2001]: The information is set out in the following table.

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£ million

YearTotal education standard spending assessmentTotal education budgetSurplus or deficit


Total education budget for 1995–96 to 2000–01 is taken from local authorities' revenue account returns.

For 2001–02 the education budget is total education revenue expenditure recorded at line five on local education authorities' section 52 budget statements, less income from grants recorded at lines 6a and 6b.

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