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Unpaid Advisers

Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the names of the unpaid advisers appointed by her and her predecessors since June 1997, stating in each case (a) the date of their appointment, (b) the duration of their appointment and (c) the project or projects on which they have been engaged. [43387]

Estelle Morris [holding answer 25 March 2002]: No unpaid appointments, as defined in paragraph 51 of the Ministerial Code, have been made in this Department or its predecessors since June 1997.

For details of unpaid appointments made by this Department to task forces, review groups and other ad hoc advisory groups, I refer the right hon. Member to the answer provided by my hon. Friend the Member for Shipley (Mr. Leslie), on 16 November 2001, Official Report, column 958W.

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Education (Newcastle)

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will place the draft education development plan for 2002–03 onwards that she has received from Newcastle upon Tyne city council in the Library. [45755]

Mr. Timms: I am placing a copy of the plan submitted by Newcastle upon Tyne city council on 31 January in the Library as my hon. Friend requests. The plan was approved by the Secretary of State on 25 March.

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) reading, (b) writing and (c) maths achievement was to level 2 at Key Stage 1, what the level 4 attainments were at Key Stage 2 and what the level 5 achievement at Key Stage 3, in the city of Newcastle in (i) 1999, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2001; and what the national average figures were for those years. [45747]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The following table shows the percentage of pupils who achieved the expected standard in the Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 tests in Newcastle upon Tyne LEA and England in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

1999 2000 2001(27)
NewcastleEnglandNewcastleEnglandNewcastleEngland
Key Stage 1—Percentage of pupils achieving Level 2 or above
Reading818282838184
Writing818384848486
Maths878790908991
Key Stage 2—Percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 or above
English617168756575
Reading697878837182
Writing475447555158
Mathematics606965726271
Science727881858287
Key Stage 3—Percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 or above
English(28)526453645764
Mathematics526254655666
Science435547595666

(27) 2001 data are provisional

(28) Reading and writing are not separately assessed at Key Stage 3, so the overall figure for English is provided


Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the Ofsted reports for schools, the LEA and other agencies in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne for (a) 2000 and (b) 2001; and what programme of Ofsted reports has been agreed for (i) 2002 and (ii) 2003. [45752]

Mr. Timms: These are matters for HM Chief Inspector of Schools. I have therefore asked Mike Tomlinson to write to my hon. Friend and to place a copy of his letter in the Library.

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students achieved (a) five GCSE grades A to C, (b) one grade A to C and (c) one graded A to E and average GCSE point score in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in (i) 1998, (ii) 1999, (iii) 2000 and (iv) 2001; and what the equivalent national average achievements were for those years. [45753]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The percentages of pupils that achieved the stated qualifications are as follows.

1998199920002001
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Percentage of 15-year-old pupils that achieved:
5 or more grades A*-C31.033.635.036.8
1 or more grades A*-C55.757.158.760.4
1 or more grades A*-E81.081.681.881.2
Average GCSE/GNVQ point score29.530.531.532.1
England
Percentage of 15-year-old pupils that achieved:
5 or more grades A*-C46.347.949.250.0
1 or more grades A*-C71.472.673.674.0
1 or more grades A*-E89.390.090.690.6
Average GCSE/GNVQ point score37.038.138.939.3

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the education budget for the city of Newcastle upon Tyne (a) was in 2000–01, (b) was in 2001–02 and (c) will be for 2002–03; what the education SSA was for that local education authority in those years; and in each case what the budget is as a percentage of SSA. [45754]

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Mr. Timms: The following table provides the latest available information:

2000–012001–02
Budget (£ million)111.5117.5
SSA (£ million)114.6118.0
Budget as percentage of SSA97100

Notes:

1. 2001–02 Budget data obtained from s52 Budget statement table. Budget figures are net of grant income and also include capital expenditure from the revenue account (CERA).


Information for 2002–03 is not yet available and it is not possible to give a projection of what it may be.

Faith Schools

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on which faiths should be permitted to set up state schools. [45255]

Mr. Timms: We do not have, nor would it be appropriate to have, a policy on which faiths should be permitted to set up state schools. Any promoter can bring forward statutory proposals to set up a maintained school. Faith school promoters have to go through the same procedures and satisfy the same conditions as others. The decision whether to accept proposals rests with the local School Organisation Committee, or with the Schools Adjudicator if the committee cannot agree. In addition, under the Education Bill, it will be possible for proposals for a new faith school to be among those brought forward in response to a notice from the LEA inviting proposals for an additional secondary school and any such proposals would be decided by the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State, Schools Organisation Committees and the Schools Adjudicator will want to see evidence of clear local agreement for a proposal. The White Paper "Schools: Achieving Success" made clear that decisions to establish faith schools should take account of the interests of all sections of the community.

Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what inspections take place to ensure that faith schools teach about faiths other than their own. [45761]

Mr. Timms: Inspections of faith schools under section 10 of the School Inspections Act 1996 cover religious education except in the case of those voluntary and foundation schools which are designated as having a religious character and provide denominational education. Section 23 of the Act requires those schools to arrange a separate inspection of denominational education. There is no requirement that reports of those inspections refer to the extent to which schools provide education about faiths other than their own.

From September, citizenship education, including teaching about different faiths and cultures, will become a statutory part of the secondary school curriculum. As now, inspectors will be required to evaluate and report on whether schools meet their statutory requirements.

School Places

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the availability of school places at schools in the Ribble Valley. [45792]

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Mr. Timms: The supply of school places in the Ribble Valley is a matter for Lancashire local education authority (LEA). LEAs have a duty to ensure that there are sufficient school places available for children in their areas. Where LEAs can demonstrate a need for additional places they can apply to the Department for support.

Lancashire LEA plans additional secondary places in the area, in particular through a new 10-classroom block at Ribblesdale High School, which has a planned opening date of September 2002.


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