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Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) level 2 and (b) level 3 qualifications were achieved in (i) schools and (ii) further education and sixth form colleges in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Miliband: The following table shows awards made at levels 2 and 3 during the 200001 academic year. It aggregates data from two sources: academic awards data from the secondary school and college performance tables database and vocational awards data from National Information System for Vocational Qualifications (NISVQ) 1 . Awards coverage is limited to England only.
|Centre type||Level 2||Percentage||Level 3||Percentage|
|FE College/ Tertiary College(13)||160,104||25||147,000||31|
|Sixth Form College||4,978||1||60,437||13|
(12) NISVQ received information on around 92 per cent. of all NVQs/SVQs awarded in 200001.
(13) Includes Adult Education data.
(14) Institutes classified as "other" include: university or other higher education centre, private training provider, local government/central government/NHS, employer, HM prison/youth offenders institution and armed forces.
Secondary school and college performance tables database and NISVQ
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Margaret Hodge: We have received several representations from individuals and representative bodies on a number of higher education matters, including academic pay. While pay levels are a matter for negotiation between employers and staff, the Government are concerned that higher education institutions should be able to recruit, retain and reward the high quality staff they need. That is why we announced in the recent White Paper that spending on higher education will rise from a total of £7.5 billion in 200203 to almost £10 billion in 200506. This includes £50 million in 200405 and £117 million in 200506 in addition to the total of £330 million for the three years up to 200304 specifically to help with the recruitment, retention and reward of all staff and, in particular, to value and reward good teachers. It also includes 'golden hellos' for 1,000 new lecturers in shortage subjects worth £9,000 over three years' service. We are also introducing a range of measures to raise the status of teaching in higher education. New professional standards will be agreed by 200405 and from 2006 all new teaching staff will be expected to have a teaching competence which meets the standards. Centres of Excellence in teaching will be established to reward good teaching at departmental level and to promote best practice, and the current National Teaching Fellowships Scheme will be increased in size to offer substantial rewards to twice as many outstanding teachers. The Government also support the proposed new teaching quality Academy being set up by the HE sector and considers that the Academy will play a major role in supporting and developing the profession of teaching.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: We attach a high priority to helping schools prevent and combat bullying, and ensuring that the pupils report bullying when it happens. In 1999 we introduced a statutory requirement on schools to frame anti-bullying policies, in consultation with the school community. We supported that with a guidance pack for schools entitled 'Bullying: don't suffer in silence' with an accompanying video aimed at pupils, which was updated and relaunched in September 2002. We have developed a linked website at www.dfes.qov.uk/bullying, and funded the ChildLine programme of research into children and young people's views on bullying and how to tackle it.
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Mr. Ivan Lewis: A school is required by law to have a written anti-bullying policy, which should be consistently implemented whenever bullying is reported. We have produced a guidance pack for schools to help them discharge this responsibility. Additional LEA support, guidance and training on behaviour and attendance issues, including bullying, will be available to all secondary schools from the autumn term. It is for schools to decide which individuals have the main responsibility for drawing up and managing the bullying policy, and for dealing with specific cases, and for ensuring that those concerned have the necessary knowledge and skills.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Schools should work closely with parents in tackling bullying, both when updating the school's anti-bullying policy and when investigating specific complaints. This will enable parents to play their part, with school support, in tackling bullying outside school hours and outside school premises. Our anti-bullying pack 'Bullying: don't suffer in silence' offers practical advice on how schools should communicate both with the parents of victims and with the parents of alleged bullies. Additional support, guidance and training to be made available to all secondary schools from the autumn term will reinforce these messages.
Mr. Stephen Twigg: This Department does not require private sector businesses to complete and return any forms. For the last full survey year, April 2001 March 2002, we carried out seven surveys involving private sector businesses. All these surveys were voluntary in nature. Of the seven surveys, six were telephone surveys and one involved face to face interviews.
Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made by learning and skills councils of the number of further education colleges with business partnerships; what proportion of colleges this represents; and if he will make a statement. 
However, many FE colleges have already developed effective business partnerships, most recently through the creation of Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVE), which are focused on meeting the skills needs of employers. Currently 137 FE colleges in England have a CoVE, including three CoVEs in the Bedfordshire & Luton LSC area. By March 2006 we will have created 400 CoVEs nationally.
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From August, colleges will agree three year development plans with their local LSC. Funding for the sector will be allocated in return for each college meeting key headline targets, including targets for employer engagement. The targets will be specific to the mission and role each college will play in responding to local skill needs.
Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) day nurseries, (b) childminders and (c) out of school clubs there were in England on (i) 31 March 2002 and (ii) 31 March 2001; 
|Position at 31 March 2001||Number|
|Out of school clubs(17)||4,900|
(15) Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred.
(16) Day nurseries and childminders provide care for children under eight years of age.
(17) Out of school clubs provide care for five to seven year old children.
The latest figures on Children's Day Care Facilities in England were published by the Department in the Statistical Bulletin 08/01 "Children's Day Care Facilities at 31 March 2001" in October 2001, for the position at March 2001. Responsibility for the registration of day care facilities for children under eight was transferred from local authorities to OFSTED in September 2001. Figures for the position at March 2002 will not be available before OFSTED completes the compilation of its register of childcare providers, after March 2003.
Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate how much it would cost to extend childcare centres to cover 30 per cent. of the most disadvantaged communities. 
Maria Eagle: The Government's long-term aim is that all children living in the 20 per cent. most disadvantaged wards have access to children's centre services. By March 2006 we plan to reach at least 650,000 of these childrenaround two-thirds of those living in the 20 per cent. most disadvantaged wardsand to create nearly 43,000 extra childcare places for them. We are investing some £435 million over the next three years to meet these targets. In many cases children's centres will be developed from existing provision, such as Sure Start local programmes and Neighbourhood Nurseries, building on their success.
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