Overseas Students: Loans

Dr Offord: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure repayment of debts by EU students who take out loans with the Student Loan Company. [114689]

Mr Willetts: Since 2006/07, EU students have been entitled to loans for their tuition fees at English higher education institutions. If they choose to take out a loan, the Student Loan Company (SLC) pays their fees directly to their higher education institution.

When applying for support, EU students must provide proof of identity, and provide their home address and term-time address, and the names and addresses of two other contacts. They also provide their national insurance number if they have one, and are asked to supply email addresses, and telephone numbers.

Those staying in the UK after completing their course are all expected to obtain a national insurance number, and will make repayments through the UK tax system. The SLC has established repayment arrangements for all borrowers who move overseas, whether temporarily or permanently. The SLC asks for information about earnings and gives the borrower a monthly repayment schedule for a 12 month period. The banded overseas repayment thresholds take account of the level of affordability in different countries. This means that repayments will still be income contingent and based on ability to repay, wherever the borrower lives.

Where borrowers fail to respond to the SLC, they become liable for a standard rate of repayment of £246 per month. Where necessary, the SLC uses international tracing agents to locate borrowers and, where appropriate, legal action is taken.

The SLC is currently considering several options to make it easier for overseas borrowers to make repayments, as well as other techniques that would help increase collections.

International Development

Developing Countries: Coal Fired Power Stations

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on UK export finance support for unabated coal-fired power stations in middle income countries. [113882]

Norman Lamb: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The coalition agreement sets out the Government's commitment to ensure that

“UK Trade and Investment and the UK Export Finance (listed as Export Credits Guarantee Department—ECGD) become champions for British companies that develop and export innovative green technologies around the world, instead of supporting investment in dirty fossil-fuel energy production”.

The Government will make further announcements on implementation of this commitment in due course.

Education

Academies: Complaints

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many complaints against academies and free schools have been upheld, in full or part, by (a) his Department and (b) the Education Funding Agency. [111390]

Tim Loughton: At present the (a) Department does not hold these data centrally and (b) the Education Funding Agency was created on 1 April 2012. In the future the Department will be providing this information to the Education Select Committee in an annual report.

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Adoption

Mr Buckland: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the publication of local authority adoption scorecards; and if he will make a statement. [111811]

Tim Loughton: We have received a range of representations about the publication of the adoption scorecards.

We worked with national organisations such as the Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) as we developed proposals for the scorecards, and plans for their publication. Those organisations and other national adoption organisations commented publicly when the proposals were announced in the Adoption Action Plan and when the first set of scorecards was published. Their comments are available on their websites.

Since we published the scorecards we have been meeting local authorities where the data in the scorecard raise concerns. The local authorities we have met have given us their views about the scorecard. Some local authorities have expressed concern about the use of scorecards focused on adoption timeliness, while others have found it a useful prompt for assessing their performance and developing plans for improvement.

CAFCASS

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the budget is for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in each year until 2015; [111160]

(2) what plans he has for future staffing numbers within the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. [111161]

Tim Loughton: CAFCASS budget for 2012-13 was confirmed in the remit letter of March 2012 and is as follows:

 Budget 2012-13 (£ million)

Programme

113.500

Admin

12.732

Depreciation

1.24

Total

127.472

No decision about future funding has yet been made. However, in light of the current climate, all Government spending is subject to regular review. The future staffing numbers will, to a large extent, depend on the budget for the service.

Children in Care: Disclosure of Information

Mr Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will introduce legislation to allow police forces access to the names and addresses of all local authority children's homes in their area. [113549]

Tim Loughton: We agree there should not be barriers in regulation preventing Ofsted from sharing information with the police about the location of children's homes

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so that children are effectively safeguarded and we will be looking at options for changing legislation as announced on 3 July.

Computers

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many requests have been made to his Department's IT department from (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers requesting information about the process of replacing their desktop computers in the last 12 months. [113926]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 26 June 2012]: No requests have been made to the Department's IT service desk from Ministers, officials or special advisers for information about the process of replacing their desktop computers. However the Department is moving to a “thin client” IT infrastructure which will require the replacement of desktop computers with devices that support the new IT system. As part of the roll-out of this system, security questions have been raised about destruction of data on the old PC hard drives.

Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what (a) grants and (b) contracts his Department has awarded to companies or organisations run by individuals who were previously employed in any capacity by (i) the Conservative Party or its elected representatives and (ii) the Liberal Democrat Party or its elected representatives since May 2010; what the (A) value and (B) nature was of these contracts; and whether they were publicly advertised. [107141]

Tim Loughton: We hold details of organisations that receive a grant from or were awarded a contract by the Department, but we do not hold any further detail about individuals within those organisations to know whether they were employed by or held an elected position of the Conservative Party or the Liberal Democrat Party. To provide this information would incur disproportionate costs to this Department.

With regard to grants, within the Department we have a stated aim, endorsed by our former permanent secretary, of competing all grants that the Department gives. Depending on the subject matter of each grant, we advertise on Contracts Finder:

http://www.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk

relevant trade websites or publications or on the Funding Central website:

http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk/Default.aspx

With regard to contracts, it is the Department's policy to advertise all suitable contracts in either Contracts Finder (link as above), the Official Journal of the European Union:

http://ted.europa.eu/TED/main/HomePage.do

or other publications relevant to the subject matter of the contract.

A suitable contract is one with a value over £20,000 and where the goods or services are not available via an existing framework agreement. Contracts with a value below £20,000 and which are not available from a

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framework agreement are competitively tendered by selecting suitable organisations to bid based on objective criteria.

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the (a) job title and (b) pay band was of each official, excluding special advisers, recruited by his Department since May 2010 who was previously employed in any capacity by the (i) Conservative Party or its elected representatives and (ii) Liberal Democrat Party or its elected representatives; and whether their position was advertised publicly; [107269]

(2) what the (a) job title and (b) pay band was of each official, excluding special advisers, recruited by his Department since May 2010 who previously held an elected position as a member of the (i) Conservative Party and (ii) Liberal Democrat Party; and whether their position was advertised publicly. [107270]

Tim Loughton: The Department checks the references of new employees and asks for them to declare any issues like a conflict of interest for security purposes, but it does not capture or record information on their past employment in this form. We are not aware of any appointees since May 2010 who had previously held elected posts or were employed in any capacity by (i) Conservative Party or its elected representatives and (ii) Liberal Democrat Party or its elected representatives.

Curriculum

Anne Marie Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether primary legislation would be required to reclassify subjects and areas of learning on the national curriculum to become statutory parts of the basic curriculum. [113673]

Mr Gibb: Primary legislation would not be required either to remove subjects from the national curriculum, or to add requirements to the basic curriculum. The Education Act 2002 enables orders to be made by the Secretary of State for Education which either amend provisions relating to the national curriculum or add requirements to the basic curriculum.

We announced on 11 June that we do not intend to move any subjects or areas of learning from the national curriculum to the basic curriculum at primary level. We will make a further announcement in relation to the secondary curriculum in due course.

Departmental Responsibilities

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many ministerial directions have been sought by his Department in each quarter since September 2011; and on what issues they were sought. [112441]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 18 June 2012]: No ministerial directions have been sought by, or issued to, the Department's accounting officer since September 2011.

Disciplinary Proceedings

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many disciplinary procedures have been brought against (a) special advisers and (b) civil servants in his

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Department regarding the use of private emails, IT security or data protection in the last 12 months. [113371]

Tim Loughton: In the last 12 months there have been less than five disciplinary procedures against civil servants, regarding the use of private emails, IT security or data protection.

Education Act 2011

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what staffing changes he has made to his Department to prepare for the commencement of section 45 of the Education Act 2011. [111016]

Tim Loughton: The Department has formed a new School Complaints Unit to improve its current school complaints handling procedures. This team will also undertake some of the preparations for the commencement of section 45 of the Education Act 2011. The unit is working alongside policy and correspondence teams as well as external organisations to make improvements to how complaints are managed in the Department.

Education: Assessments

Mr Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what qualifications other than GCSEs are offered to pupils of GCSE-age studying in England; and what the required ability ranges are for pupils for each such qualification. [114263]

Mr Gibb: There are 4,440 Ofqual-accredited non-GCSE qualifications, which can be offered at Key Stage 4 in England; 140 qualifications that may be taught from September 2012 have been approved by the Department as meeting the standards for inclusion in schools performance tables. It is for schools to decide which qualifications meet the ability and needs of individual pupils! The full list of 4,440 qualifications, including the 140, can be found at:

www.education.gov.uk/section96/

and has also been placed in the House Libraries.

English Language: GCSE

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to promote a greater emphasis on teaching accurate grammar, punctuation and spelling in the English Language GCSE. [114664]

Mr Gibb: The Government are committed to ensuring that our qualifications match the best in the world. We want to give every child the opportunity to acquire the rigorous qualifications they need to succeed in further and higher education and the world of work. It is essential that young people are taught to write clearly and accurately and are assessed on those skills. Many employers report that young people, even those with good GCSE grades, do not demonstrate these skills adequately.

GCSEs in English language and English already include the assessment of written communication skills. At least 12% of marks in these GCSEs are awarded for students' use of a range of sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, and for accurate punctuation and spelling.

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As part of our qualifications reforms we have already made a number of changes to GCSEs to ensure that the focus is put back on sound teaching with external examination across the subject at the end of the course. Marks for accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar have been restored to examinations in other key subjects: English literature, geography, history and religious studies. These reforms will take effect from September this year.

We are considering our longer-term reforms in detail and we will set out our proposals shortly.

Free Schools

Lisa Nandy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what public funding each independent school has received in adopting or applying to adopt free school status. [113370]

Mr Gibb: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 25 April 2012, Official Report, column 927W.

Richard Fuller: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications were submitted to open free schools in the application round which closed in February 2012; and how many such applications were from open 16 to 19 science, technology, engineering and mathematics colleges. [114269]

Mr Gibb: The Department is currently assessing the applications it has received to establish free schools in 2013 and beyond. The Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), will make an announcement on the numbers of applications received in due course.

Free Schools: Disadvantaged

Elizabeth Truss: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will list the free schools approved to open according to which decile of the deprivation index the lower level super output area in which the school is to be located is in. [114140]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 28 June 2012]: The Department has published the deprivation banding of the free schools that opened in September 2011 at:

http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/deprivation%20banding%20of%20free%20schools.pdf

We will publish the bandings for free schools opening in September 2012 when these schools open.

GCSE

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people in Warrington gained five good GCSEs in each year from 1997 to the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion of the eligible cohort this represents by gender. [114211]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 28 June 2012]: The information requested can be found in the following table for 1996/97 to 2010/11. A gender breakdown for the years 1996/97 to 2003/04 can be supplied only at disproportionate cost.

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Numbers(1,2,3,4,5,6) and percentages of pupils at the end of key stage 4 achieving five or more A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent in Warrington local authority. Years: 1996/97 to 2010/11 (final data). Coverage: Warrington local authority
 AllBoysGirls
 NumberPercentageNumberPercentageNumberPercentage

1996/97(7)

5,636

48.5

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1997/98

1,060

48.4

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1998/99

1,169

49.7

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1999/2000

1,195

50.5

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2000/01

1,229

50.3

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2001/02

1,312

51.9

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2002/03

1,404

56.4

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2003/04

1,476

58.6

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2004/05

1,571

61.3

723

55.9

848

66.8

2005/06

1,664

66.4

769

62.4

895

70.3

2006/07

1,878

69.9

876

65.4

1,002

74.4

2007/08

1,842

71.6

914

67.5

928

76.1

2008/09

1,988

77.4

978

73.6

1,010

81.3

2009/10

1,994

78.6

1,016

76.4

978

81.1

2010/11

2,056

83.1

990

79.3

1,066

86.9

n/a = Figures are not available. (1) Figures do not include pupils recently arrived from overseas. (2) Figures include all maintained schools (including CTCs and academies). (3) From 1996/97 figures include GNVQ equivalencies and from 2003/04 other equivalencies for use pre-16. (4) Figures for 2004/05 onwards are based on pupils at the end of key stage 4. Data for previous years are based on pupils aged 15-years-old at the start of the academic year. (5) Figures for all years are based on final data. (6) From 2009/10 iGCSEs, accredited at time of publication, have been counted as GCSE equivalents. (7) 1996/97 figures are for Cheshire local authority. Cheshire split into the new local authorities of Warrington, Halton and Cheshire in 1998. Source: Performance tables (1996/97 to 2003/04), National Pupil Database (2004/05 to 2010/11

Damian Hinds: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many and what proportion of GCSE entries were at (a) foundation and (b) higher level in the latest period for which figures are available; [114312]

(2) how many and what proportion of GCSE entries were in (a) tiered and (b) untiered subjects in each year since the introduction of GCSEs; [114313]

(3) how many and what proportion of GCSE entries were at (a) foundation and (b) higher level in each year since the introduction of the GCSE. [114314]

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many GCSE foundation level entries there were in each of the last three years; and what proportion of GCSE entries this represented in each year. [114802]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 2 July 2012]: All GCSEs are either level 1 or level 2 qualifications but examinations are not available for level 1 and level 2 separately. In some subjects tiered papers are available focussing on either grades A*-D (higher tier) or grades C-G (foundation tier). Other subjects have untiered assessment in which the full range of grades is available. The Department holds information on GCSE entries and grades but does not hold information on the tiered papers for which pupils are entered.

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with the Association of Colleges on his proposals for the future of GCSEs. [114759]

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Mr Gibb: We are considering options for the long-term reform of key stage 4 examinations and will set out our proposals shortly.

Government Procurement Card

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many procurement card holders in his Department were (a) paid off-payroll, (b) employed on a part-time basis and (c) employed as a non-permanent employee in (i) 2009-10, (ii) 2010-11 and (iii) 2011-12. [113340]

Tim Loughton: The information requested is provided in the following table:

 2009-102010-112011-12

Paid off-payroll

Part-time

11

11

12

Non-permanent

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Education on which dates his Department has published Government procurement card spending over £500 since May 2010. [113358]

Tim Loughton: The Department for Education publishes Government procurement card spending over £500 on a monthly basis. The information is published on the last day of the month (for the previous month).

Historically, data for April 2011 to June 2011 were published at the end of September 2011, and data for July 2011 to September 2011 were published at the end of October 2011.

The Department for Education publishes the information to :

http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/departmentalinformation/transparency/expenditure

Health Insurance

Gordon Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff working in his Department are entitled to private health care as part of their remuneration package. [111253]

Tim Loughton: The Department for Education does not provide private health care as part of its core remuneration package.

Intercountry Adoption: Belarus

James Wharton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what discussions his Department has had with the Government of Belarus on adoption by UK families of orphans from that country; [109239]

(2) what agreements the UK has with the Government of Belarus on the adoption by UK families of orphans from that country. [109263]

Tim Loughton: The Department for Education is responsible for adoption matters. The Department has had no discussions with Belarus since November 2004. Both the UK and Belarus have implemented the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and

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Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption which sets out international standards and processes for intercountry adoption. This Department has no separate agreement with Belarus.

Pay

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) highest, (b) median, (c) median full-time equivalent and (d) lowest full-time equivalent salary was paid by (i) his Department and (ii) its public bodies in (A) 2010-11, (B) 2011-12 and (C) 2012-13. [112480]

Tim Loughton: The information requested for the Department of Education is set out in the table. The Department does not hold salary information for its public bodies.

To preserve individual confidentiality, a band rather than an amount has been provided for the highest salary.

 2010/112011/12As at 1 April 2012

Highest salary

£180,000 to £185,000

£140,000 to £145,000

£157,000 to £162,000

Lowest salary

£15,266

£15,516

£15,516

Median salary (FTE)

£33,548

£33,997

£34,181

Median salary (not FTE)

£33,350

£33,350

£33,404

Primary Education: Inspections

Mr Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether a primary school can be inspected by Ofsted and given a level 2 good rating if it has a poor attendance record and poor attainment rates at Key Stage 2. [112293]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 18 June 2012]: This question is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has written to my hon. Friend, and a copy of his response has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Sir Michael Wilshaw, dated 13 June 2012:

Your recent Parliamentary Question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for response.

Where a school has persistently low attainment rates which show little or no sign of improvement, or are in decline, it is highly unlikely that inspectors would judge it to be 'good'. However, there may be some exceptional circumstances. For example, where attainment is low but rising rapidly, and pupils are making good or even outstanding progress, a school might be judged to be 'good'.

Where attendance is well below average and the school has been unable to make improvements, it is unlikely to be judged 'good'. However, where attendance is low but inspection evidence shows that the school is successfully making improvements and attendance has been rising over a sustained period, this may contribute to a judgement that the school is 'good'.

Procurement

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total (a) number and (b) value of contracts issued by (i) his Department and (ii) bodies

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for which he is responsible which were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises was in the latest period for which figures are available. [111198]

Tim Loughton: The number of contracts awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's) in the 2011/12 financial year was 61. The total spend with SME's in the financial 2011/12 was £47.6 million.

Publications

Jonathan Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many publications have been issued by his Department since May 2010. [109815]

Tim Loughton: Records show that this Department has issued 15 printed publication titles since May 2010. Other information has been published on our website rather than as a printed publication. This is in order to secure value for money and promote wider access to our material.

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 383W, on publications, if he will list the number of copies of each publication to which his private office subscribes; and if he will publish the annual subscription cost for each item. [113424]

Tim Loughton: The information requested is as follows:

(1) Daily newspapers

The Wall Street Journal: five copies per week

The Financial Times: five copies per week

The Guardian: five copies per week

The Independent: five copies per week

The Daily Mail: five copies per week

The Daily Express: five copies per week

The DailyMirror: five copies per week

The Sun: five copies per week

The Times: five copies per week

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The Daily Telegraph: five copies per week

(2) Weekly periodicals

The Economist: one copy per week

New Statesman: one copy per week

The Spectator: one copy per week

Times Higher Education: one copy per week

Times Educational Supplement: one copy per week

(3) Other periodicals

London Review of Books: one copy per fortnight

The New York Review of Books: one copy per fortnight.

The annual subscription cost for each item is not held in such a way that they can be separately identified.

Pupil Exclusions: Essex

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many decisions by head teachers to exclude pupils were overturned by appeals panels in (a) Witham constituency and (b) Essex in the latest year for which figures are available. [114668]

Mr Gibb: The available information for 2009/10 is shown in the table. This includes the number of appeals against permanent exclusion that have been determined in favour of the parent/pupil and the numbers of appeals where reinstatement was directed, for England and Essex local authority. Parliamentary constituency information is not available as data is collected at local authority level.

This information is taken from the Statistical First Release 'Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions from Schools in England, 2009/10' available at

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s001016/index.shtml

Information about appeals against permanent exclusion in 2010/11 will be published in the 'Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions from Schools in England, 2010/11' Statistical First Release on 25 July at

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s001080/index.shtml

Maintained primary, secondary and special schools(1). Appeals against permanent exclusion England, 2009/10
 Number of appeals lodgedNumber of appeals heardPercentage of appeals heard(2)Number of appeals determined in favour of the parent/pupilPercentage of appeals determined in favour of the parent/pupil(3)Number of successful appeals where reinstatement was directedPercentage of successful appeals where reinstatement was directed(4)

England

510

470

91.4

110

24.0

30

26.8

Essex local authority

13

13

100.0

7

53.8

*

*

* = 1 or 2 pupils, or a percentage based on 1 or 2 pupils (1) Excludes non-maintained special schools, city technology colleges and academies. (2) Shown as a percentage of appeals lodged. (3) Shown as a percentage of appeals heard. (4) Shown as a percentage of appeals determined in favour of the parent/pupil. Note: National totals may not appear to equal the sum of component parts because numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Source: School Exclusion Appeals Survey

Recruitment

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2012, Official Report, column 489W, on recruitment, to what extent his Department and its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies used name-blank CVs or the blind sift function on the Civil Service Resourcing e-recruitment system to recruit staff in the last year. [110961]

Tim Loughton: The Department and its executive agencies have not used the Civil Service Resourcing e-recruitment system.

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Of our non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) Cafcass do not recruit staff using name blank CVs or the blind sift function of the civil service e-recruitment system. The Office for the Children's Commissioner (OCC) anonymise CVs/applications but this is done independently of the blind sifting function within the civil service e-recruitment system.

Regulation

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Education which regulations his Department repealed between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and what the anticipated total savings will be from repealing those regulations. [112496]

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Tim Loughton [holding answer 18 June 2012]: In the period 1 February 2012 to 31 May 2012, the Department for Education revoked 44 sets of regulations. The Government's aim is to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy on teachers, heads and governors so that they can focus on raising standards, rather than administrative tasks. It is not our intention to estimate the potential cost savings for the revoked regulations, but we are looking into assessing the impact of our measures on teachers' time.

Details of which regulations have been revoked are set out in the following table. However, as indicated by the third column of the table, in some cases the content of the revoked statutory instrument has been largely replaced.

Regulations revokedRevoking instrumentComments

The Education (Infant Class Sizes) (England) Regulations 1998 (S.I 1998/1973)

The School Admissions (Infant Class Sizes) (England) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/10)

Replaced by revoking Regulations

The Education (Infant Class Sizes) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I. 2006/3409)

The School Admissions (Infant Class Sizes) (England) Regulations2012 (S.I. 2012/10)

Replaced by revoking Regulations

The Education (Head Teachers' Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I 2003/3111)

The Education (Head Teachers' Qualifications) (England) (Revocation) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/18

Revoked

The Education (Head Teachers' Qualifications) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I 2005/875)

  

The Education (Head Teachers' Qualifications) (England) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations 2005 (S.I 2005/3322)

  

The Education (Head Teachers' Qualifications) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I 2011/602)

  

The School Finance (England) Regulations2008 (S.I 2008/228)

The School Finance(England) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/335)

Replaced by revoking Regulations

The School Finance (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2010 (S.I 2010/210)

  

The Education (Teacher Student Loans) (Repayment etc) Regulations 2002 (S.I 2002/2086)

The Education (Teacher Student Loans) (Repayment etc) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/555)

Revoked

The Consistent Financial Reporting (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I 2003/373)

The Consistent Financial Reporting (England) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/674)

Replaced by revoking Regulations

The Consistent Financial Reporting (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I 2004/393)

The Consistent Financial Reporting (England) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/674)

Replaced by revoking Regulations

The Consistent Financial Reporting (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I 2006/437)

  

The Consistent Financial Reporting (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I 2007/599)

  

The Consistent Financial Reporting (England) (Amendment). Regulations 2008 (S.I. 2008/46)

  

The Education (Specified Work and Registration) (England) Regulations (S.I 2003 2003/1663)

The Education (Specified Work) (England) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/762)

Replaced by revoking Regulations save for paragraph 1 (1) of Part 2 to those regulations which continues to have effect.

The Education (Specified Work and Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I 2007/2177)

 

Replaced by revoking Regulations

The Education (Specified Work and Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I. 2008/1883)

  

The General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/1726)

The Education Act 2011 (Abolition of the GTCE Consequential Amendments and Revocations) Order 2012 (S.I. 2012/1153)

Revoked

The General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2019)

The Education Act 2011 (Abolition of the GTCE Consequential Amendments and Revocations) Order 2012 (S.I. 2012/1153)

Revoked

The General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000/1447)

  

The General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1935)

  

The Equality Act 2006 (Dissolution of Commissions and Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/2602)

 

Paragraph 2 of the Schedule was revoked

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The Education (Miscellaneous Amendments relating to Safeguarding Children) (England) Regulations2009 (S.I. 2009/1924)

 

Regulation 3 was revoked

The General Teaching Council for England (Additional Functions) Order 2000 (S.I. 2000/2175)

 

Revoked

The General Teaching Council for England (Additional Functions) (Amendment) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/1270)

  

The General Teaching Council for England (Disciplinary Functions) Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/1268)

  

The General Teaching Council for England (Disciplinary Functions) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/1186)

The Education Act 2011 (Abolition of the GTCE Consequential Amendments and Revocations) Order 2012 (S.I 2012/1153)

Revoked

The General Teaching Council for England (Disciplinary Functions) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I. 2008/3256)

  

The General Teaching Council for England (Disciplinary Functions) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. 2011/2785)

  

The General Teaching Council for England (Registration of Teachers) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000/2176)

  

The General Teaching Council for England (Registration of Teachers) (Amendment) Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/23)

  

The General Teaching Council for England (Registration of Teachers) (Amendment No 2) Regulations 2001(S.I. 2001/1267)

  

The General Teaching Council for England (Registration of Teachers) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/1883)

  

The General Teaching Council for England (Deduction of Fees) Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/3993)

  

The General Teaching Council for England (Deduction of Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/985)

The Education Act 2011 (Abolition of the GTCE Consequential Amendments and Revocations) Order 2012 (S.I. 2012/1153)

Revoked

The Education Act 2002 (School Teachers) (Consequential Amendments, etc) (England) Regulations 2003 (S.I. 2003/2039)

 

Regulation 3 was revoked

The Secretaries of State for Children, Schools and Families, for Innovation, Universities and Skills and for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/3224)

 

Paragraph 30 of the Schedule was revoked

The Secretary of State for Education Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/1836)

 

Paragraph 11 (d) of the Schedule were revoked

The General Teaching Council for England (Additional Functions) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/1886)

 

Revoked

The General Teaching Council for England (Eligibility for Provisional Registration) Regulations 2008 (S.I. 2008/1884)

  

The General Teaching Council (Registration of Temporary Teachers from Relevant European States) (England and Wales) Regulations 2009 (S.I. 2009/3200)

 

The whole instrument in so far as it applies in relation to England.

The Education (Publication of Proposals) (Sixth Form College Corporations) (England) Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/2609)

The Sixth Form College Corporations (Publication of Proposals) (England) Regulations 2012

Replaced by revoking Regulations save for where, before 1 April 2012 the responsible local authority made a proposal to which section 33N of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 applies.

The Children Act 2004 Information Database (England) Regulations 2007 (S.1. 2007/2182)

The Children's Act 2004 Information Database (England) (Revocation) Regulations 2012 (2012/1278)

Revoked

The Children Act 2004 Information Database (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/1213)

  

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what regulations his Department introduced between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012; and at what cost to the public purse. [113995]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 27 June 2012]:In the period 1 February 2012 to 31 May 2012 the Department for Education made 40 regulations and orders (statutory instruments).

Two of the statutory instruments revoke existing legislation, three revoke and replace existing regulations, 20 amend existing regulations and two are commencement orders which bring into force provisions of primary legislation (the Education Act 2011) and are not subject to parliamentary procedure.

In some cases, the effect of a particular regulation would be sufficient to warrant an impact assessment (in line with the rules set out by the Department for Business,

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Innovation and Skills). The impact assessment would include the cost to the frontline of implementing the regulation. Where an impact assessment has been produced, this would be indicated in the Explanatory Memorandum accompanying the regulation. In relation to those statutory instruments listed as follows, it was envisaged that there

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would be little or no impact upon business, charities, voluntary bodies or the public sector.

The following statutory instruments were made and came into force between 1 February 2012 and 31 May 2012:

TitleMadeLaidIn force

Children Act 2004 Information Database (England) (Revocation) Regulations 2012

14 May 2012

15 May 2012

Education (Pupil Referral Units) (Application of Enactments) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

1 May 2012

8 May 2012

31 May 2012

Sixth Form College Corporations (Publication of Proposals) (England) Regulations 2012

30 April 2012

1 May 2012

22 May 2012

Education Act 2011 (Abolition of the GTCE Consequential Amendments and Revocations) Order 2012

25 April 2012

3 May 2012

25 May 2012

Wiltshire Council (Arrangements for the Provision of Suitable Education) Order 2012

18 April 2012

23 April 2012

18 May 2012

Alternative Provision Academies and 16 to 19 Academies (Consequential Amendments to Subordinate Legislation) (England) Order 2012

29 March 2012

4 April 2012

1 May 2012

Alternative Provision Academies (Consequential Amendments to Acts) (England) Order 2012

29 March 2012

1 April 2012

Young People's Learning Agency Abolition (Consequential Amendments to Subordinate Legislation) (England) Order 2012

26 March 2012

3 April 2012

1 May 2012

Schools (Specification and Disposal of Articles) Regulations 2012

27 March 2012

1 April 2012

Education Act 2011 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional and Savings Provisions) Order 2012

22 March 2012

1 April 2012

Education (National Curriculum) (Key Stage 2 Assessment Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) Order 2012

14 March 2012

15 March 2012

Education Act 2011 (Consequential Amendments to Subordinate Legislation) Order 2012

8 March 2012

9 March 2012

1 April 2012

Education (Specified Work) (England) Regulations 2012

8 March 2012

9 March 2012

1 April 2012

Education (School Teachers' Prescribed Qualifications, etc.) (Amendment) Order 2012

5 March 2012

8 March 2012

1 April 2012

Consistent Financial Reporting (England) Regulations 2012

2 March 2012

8 March 2012

31 March 2012

Teachers' Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2 March 2012

8 March 2012

1 April 2012

School Behaviour (Determination and Publicising of Measures in Academies) Regulations 2012

29 February 2012

7 March 2012

1 April 2012

Teachers' Disciplinary (England) Regulations 2012

28 February 2012

5 March 2012

1 April 2012

Education (Teacher Student Loans) (Repayment etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

28 February 2012

5 March 2012

1 April 2012

Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

28 February 2012

5 March 2012

1 April 2012

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) (Children's Homes etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

23 February 2012

29 February 2012

1 April 2012

Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) (Amendment) Order 2012

21 February 2012

28 February 2012

22 March 2012

Education (School Teachers) (Qualifications and Appraisal) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2012

8 March 2012

9 March 2012

1 April 2012

School Governance (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

17 February 2012

24 February 2012

17 March 2012

School Finance (England) Regulations 2012

8 February 2012

16 February 2012

15 March 2012

15 of the statutory instruments were made during the relevant period but come into force after 31 May 2012:

TitleMadeLaidIn force

Adoption Agencies (Panel and Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2012

28 May 2012

1 June 2012

1 September 2012

Education (Exemption from School Inspection) (England) Regulations 2012

15 May 2012

18 May 2012

8 June 2012

Education (School Performance Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

14 May 2012

18 May 2012

8 June 2012

Education Act 2011 (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional and Savings Provisions) Order 2012

12 April 2012

1 August 2012

School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

19 April 2012

20 April 2012

1 September 2012

Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (England) Regulations 2012

18 April 2012

20 April 2012

1 September 2012

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Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

2 April 2012

16 April 2012

1 September 2012

School Governance (Federations) (England) Regulations 2012

14 April 2012

19 April 2012

1 September 2012

School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012

14 April 2012

19 April 2012

1 September 2012

School Discipline (Pupil Exclusions and Reviews) (England) Regulations 2012

3 April 2012

13 April 2012

1 September 2012

Education (Charges for Early Years Provision) Regulations 2012

27 March 2012

3 April 2012

1 September 2012

Childcare (Early Years Register) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

26 March 2012

27 March 2012

1 September 2012

Early Years Foundation Stage (Welfare Requirements) Regulations 2012

26 March 2012

27 March 2012

1 September 2012

Early Years Foundation Stage (Learning and Development Requirements) (Amendment) Order 2012

26 March 2012

27 March 2012

1 September 2012

School Teachers’ Incentive Payments (England) Order 2012

19 March 2012

26 March 2012

1 September 2012

Religion: GCSE

Mr Buckland: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils took GCSE religious education in (a) South Swindon constituency and (b) England and Wales in each year since 2002; and how many are expected to take GCSE religious education in 2013. [111812]

Mr Gibb: The information requested can be found in the following table for 2004/05 to 2010/11. Data for earlier years can be provided only at disproportionate cost. The Department has made no estimate of the number of pupils expected to take GCSE religious studies in either 2012 or 2013.

Numbers and percentages of pupils at the end of key stage 4(1, 2) entering full GCSE religious studies and GSCE short course religious studies(3) in South Swindon constituency(4), South West region(5) and England(6) : 2004/05-2010/11—Coverage England(7)
 2004/052005/062006/072007/082008/092009/102010/11

South Swindon:

       

Eligible pupils

1,149

1,180

1,436

1,370

1,363

1,320

1,291

Number entering full GCSE religious studies

42

38

215

211

206

235

241

Percentage entering full GCSE religious studies

3.7

3.2

15.0

15.4

15.1

17.8

18.7

Number entering GCSE short course religious studies

374

750

859

757

533

426

336

Percentage entering GCSE short course religious studies

32.6

63.6

59.8

55.3

39.1

32.3

26.0

        

South West:

       

Eligible pupils

57,379

58,108

57,968

57,593

56,607

56,926

55,540

Number entering full GCSE religious studies

8,958

10,298

10,234

10,670

12,152

13,112

15,127

Percentage entering full GCSE religious studies

15.6

17.7

17.7

18.5

21.5

23.0

27.2

Number entering GCSE short course religious studies

25,752

26,752

29,486

30,207

28,124

26,746

23,150

Percentage entering GCSE short course religious studies

44.9

46.0

50.9

52.4

49.7

47.0

41.7

        

England:

       

Eligible pupils

582,876

592,485

598,767

595,806

576,420

575,970

564,863

Number entering full GCSE religious studies

118,794

131,266

141,577

149,837

153,205

161,948

179,901

Percentage entering full GCSE religious studies

20.4

22.2

23.6

25.1

26.6

28.1

31.8

Number entering GCSE short course religious studies

213,266

224,998

233,485

235,901

225,067

215,473

188,034

Percentage entering GCSE short course religious studies

36.6

38.0

39.0

39.6

39.0

37.4

33.3

(1) Figures do not include pupils recently arrived from overseas. (2) Figures include all maintained schools (including CTCs and academies). (3) In some cases pupils have been entered into both the full and short GSCE religious studies and are therefore included in both sets of figures (around 200 pupils in 2004/05, less than 15 pupils in 2005/06 to 2008/09 and none in 2009/10 to 2010/11). (4) Parliamentary constituency figures are based on the postcode of the school. (5) Regional figures are based on the region of the local authority maintaining the school, or in the case of CTCs and academies, the local authority in which the school is situated. (6) England figures are the sum of all local authority figures. (7) Figures are given for England only as data for Wales is not available. Source: National Pupil Database (final data)

School: Standards

Mr Buckland: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) schools and (b) academies were given an Outstanding grade in Ofsted inspections in (i) England and (ii) South Swindon constituency in the last year. [111614]

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Mr Gibb: This question is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has written to my hon. Friend, and a copy of his response has been placed in the House Libraries.

Letter from Sir Michael Wilshaw, dated 13 June 2012:

Your recent Parliamentary Question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for response.

Since 2005, maintained school inspections have been carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005 and, more recently, the Education Act 2011. Ofsted records all judgements made by inspectors in section 5 inspections, including the judgement for the overall effectiveness of the school.

Under section 5, Ofsted inspects maintained schools (nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and pupil referral units), state-funded independent schools such as academies and certain non-maintained special schools in England. All of these types of schools have been included in this response. On 1 January 2012 Ofsted implemented a new school inspection framework for section 5 inspections. This includes a sharper focus on the judgements that matter most and a continued drive to raise standards—particularly in literacy.

Table A shows the number of maintained-schools judged outstanding for overall effectiveness at their section 5 inspection during the academic year 2010/11 and the academic year 2011/12: up to 31 March 2012 in the South Swindon constituency and England.

Table B shows the number of academies judged outstanding for overall effectiveness at their section 5 inspection during the

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academic year 2010/11 and the academic year 2011/12 up to 31 March 2012 in the South Swindon constituency and England.

In September 2009, Ofsted implemented a policy of more proportionate inspection using risk assessment as an aid to scheduling the inspection of good and outstanding schools. We deliberately set out to inspect a greater proportion of previously satisfactory or inadequate schools each year and a smaller proportion of previously good or outstanding schools.

In September 2010, Ofsted deferred the inspections of previously outstanding schools and, as signalled in the Education Act 2011, is no longer routinely inspecting previously outstanding schools. These schools will not be inspected unless a complaint has been raised or the risk assessment process identifies that these schools would benefit from an inspection.

Accordingly, the sample of schools inspected during any given period is unlikely to be representative of the nation as a whole.

Statistics covering the outcomes of ail inspections carried out in each academic year can be found at:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/advanced-resources-search/results/Maintained%20schools/2/a11/any/200/any

The most recent official statistics release covering the outcomes of maintained school inspections carried out between 1 January 2012 and 31 March 2012 was. released on 12 June 2012 and can be accessed at the same link.

A copy of this reply has been sent to Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for Schools, and will be placed in the Library of both Houses.

Table A: Schools in England and South Swindon constituency judged outstanding for their overall effectiveness in each academic year 2010/11 and2011/12 (year to date)
  2010/112011/12 (year to date)
RegionPhase(1)Number inspectedNumber outstandingPercentage outstandingNumber inspectedNumber outstandingPercentage outstanding

England

Nursery

126

58

46

103

54

52

 

Primary

4,249

323

8

3,146

312

10

 

Secondary

894

126

14

632

83

13

 

Special

328

91

28

199

54

27

 

PRU

129

19

15

117

7

6

 

All schools

5,726

617

11

4,197

510

12

        

South Swindon

Nursery

0

0

 

Primary

7

1

14

6

1

17

 

Secondary

3

1

33

1

0

0

 

Special

1

0

0

0

 

PRU

0

0

 

All schools

11

2

18

7

1

14

(1) Includes sponsor-led and converter academies as primary or secondary schools as appropriate.
Table B: Academy schools in England and South Swindon constituency judged outstanding for their overall effectiveness in each academic year 2010/11 and 2011/12 (year to date)
   2010/112011/12 (year to date)
RegionAcademy typePhaseNumber inspectedNumber outstandingPercentage outstandingNumber inspectedNumber outstandingPercentage outstanding

England

Sponsor-led

Secondary

64

12

19

65

11

17

 

Converter

Primary

4

1

25

32

7

22

  

Secondary

7

3

43

87

26

30

 

Total academies

 

75

16

21

184

44

24

         

South Swindon

Sponsor-led

Secondary

0

0

 

Converter

Primary

1

1

100

0

  

Secondary

0

0

 

Total academies

 

1

1

100

0

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Schools: Capital Investment

Elizabeth Truss: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what capital costs were associated with the (a) free schools and (b) Building Schools for the Future programmes. [114141]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 28 June 2012]: In the two financial years 2010-11 and 2011-12, £50.1 million in capital spending has been allocated to establish new free schools.

Conventional capital grant allocated to the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme has totalled £5.193 billion over the lifetime of the programme up to 31 March 2012. A further £1.11 billion will be spent to complete the continuing projects within the BSF programme. In addition, the capital equivalent of £3.105 billion has been, or is being, spent on BSF schools through the private finance initiative.

Schools: Complaints

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what training has been undertaken by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department to assist them in assessing complaints against schools. [111017]

Tim Loughton: Ministers considering complaints against schools have been advised on individual cases. Officials considering school complaints receive training relevant to their policy area. Officials dedicated to handling complaints are either already trained or are receiving a broad range of complaint-related training.

Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many complaints against (a) mainstream schools and (b) free schools and academies he estimates his Department will process in the 2012-13 academic year. [111351]

Tim Loughton: The most recent analysis (Parents' and Young People's Complaints about Schools, published February 2012) carried out for the Department estimates (a) approximately 2,900 complaints may be received per annum against mainstream schools. The Department expects, based on previous experience, that a majority will not have followed the school's own complaints process. Consequently we will support the complainant by explaining their rights and redirecting their complaint.

It is not possible to estimate how many complaints against academies and free schools the Department will process in the coming year, as any prediction will only be possible when we know the number of academies and free schools open during the period 2012-13.

Schools: Discipline

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the implementation and effectiveness of the provisions relating to school discipline in the Education Act 2011. [114666]

Mr Gibb: This Government have, through the Education Act 2011, taken action to restore teachers' authority in the classroom by strengthening their powers to promote good behaviour and maintain discipline.

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Early indications are that teachers are feeling more positive about the standard of pupils' behaviour in schools. The ‘National Foundation for Educational Research Teacher Voice Omnibus February 2012 survey: pupil behaviour’, published on 26 June, found that, of the teachers surveyed, more than three out of four (76%) said the standard of behaviour was ‘good’ or ‘very good’ in their schools. This is an increase of six percentage points compared with the previous survey in 2008. More than four out of five teachers (85%) felt well equipped to manage pupil behaviour. While these findings are encouraging, the survey also found that three out of five (60%) of teachers asked felt that ‘negative pupil behaviour is driving teachers out of the profession’. While this is a welcome decrease of eight percentage points from the 2008 survey, it shows there is still more to do. The survey's findings show how the Government's work to back teachers in improving behaviour is starting to deliver encouraging results.

Schools: News Corporation

Stephen Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he had with (a) Rupert Murdoch and (b) other staff of News Corporation and its subsidiaries on (i) the establishment of a school sponsored by News Corporation and (ii) education reform in England in the last 12 months. [106519]

Tim Loughton [holding answer 14 May 2012]: The Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), has provided details of meetings and discussions with Mr Murdoch and News Corporation executives within his evidence to the Leveson inquiry. This evidence is now available on the inquiry's website.

Teachers: Conditions of Employment

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to enable schools to remove incompetent teachers from the classroom. [114665]

Mr Gibb: We have made it easier for head teachers to identify and tackle underperformance.

On 13 January this year we announced new arrangements for dealing with teacher performance management and capability. These will strip away much of the bureaucracy and prescription of current arrangements, giving more freedom to schools to determine their own arrangements. We have replaced lengthy model policies on performance management and capability with one single model policy covering both.

These procedures are shorter and less complex than the current procedure and will make it possible, in some cases, for schools to dismiss under-performing teachers in about a term.

Teachers: Mathematics

Elizabeth Truss: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of mathematics teachers in primary schools have a post-GCSE qualification in mathematics. [114639]

Mr Gibb [holding answer 2 July 2012]: The information requested is not collected centrally.

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Analysis carried out by the Department from the November 2010 School Workforce Census showed that 5.3% of primary school teachers held a relevant post A-level qualification in mathematics. Qualification information including subject was received for 86% of all primary teachers in service.

Teachers: Pay

Gavin Williamson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of teachers received salary increases in 2012 as a result of progressing up the pay scale. [114251]

Mr Gibb: Information for 2012 is not available because teachers are not due to receive any pay progression until September of this year. Information relating to pay progression (for previous years) at a national level can be provided only at disproportionate cost

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department plans to take steps to deregulate teachers' pay. [114667]

Mr Gibb: The Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), remit letter to the independent School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) sets out his aim of reforming the teachers' pay system in order to raise the status of the profession and contribute to improving the standard of teaching in our schools.

The Secretary of State's evidence to the STRB, which has been published on the Department's website, makes the case for changing the current system and provides some potential options for the STRB's consideration. The STRB is currently consulting with a wide range of stakeholders and is due to submit its recommendations to the Secretary of State in the autumn.

Teachers: Pensions

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much has been paid out in pensions to retired teachers under the Teachers' Pension Scheme in each year since 2000. [114699]

Mr Gibb: The information requested has been included in the following table. The figures have been taken from the Teachers' Pension Scheme (England and Wales) Annual Accounts and represent the Teachers' Pension Scheme expenditure with regard to the payment of pensions. Dependants' pensions are included within the figures as it is not possible to identify these separately. Although dependants' pensions may not be paid directly to teachers, they do count toward the liabilities of the Scheme.

Year ending 31 MarchPensions paid (£ billion)

2000

3.14

2001

3.19

2002

3.37

2003

(1)3.97

2004

4.19

2005

4.50

2006

(2)4.13

2007

4.40

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2008

4.73

2009

5.11

2010

5.56

2011

5.84

2012

6.28

(1) 2003 figures restated due to the introduction of FRS 17. (2) 2006 to 2012 figures are net of recoveries and overpayments.

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the total annual saving of his proposed changes to teachers' pensions in (a) 10, (b) 20 and (c) 30 years time. [114700]

Mr Gibb: The proposed changes to the Teachers' Pension Scheme have been designed to remain within the cost parameters set out by Her Majesty's Treasury following recommendations contained in the Hutton report.

At this point the Department is working to agree the detail of the scheme design, which will be implemented in 2015. Once the scheme design is finalised a valuation will be competed and this would help to allow us to provide an estimate of savings.

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total liabilities of the Teachers' Pension Scheme were in each year since 2000. [114702]

Mr Gibb: The information requested has been included in the following table. The figures have been taken from the Teachers' Pension Scheme (England and Wales) Annual Accounts and are the only annual liabilities available. It is important to note that the liabilities in the accounts are calculated using different assumptions and methodologies to those used to calculate the liabilities for the regular actuarial valuation of the scheme. As a result the calculation for the annual accounts may produce a figure that is higher or lower than the figure calculated for the valuation. Annual variations in the financial assumptions used can result in large fluctuations in the liabilities produced for the accounts.

Year ending 31 MarchLiabilities (£ billion)

2001

98.0

2002

103.0

2003

108.0

2004

113.0

2005

119.7

2006

143.0

2007

181.3

2008

176.5

2009

168.6

2010

223.9

2011

192.4

2012

200.6

Prior to 2001 the annual accounts did not include scheme liabilities. Liabilities were included from 2001 as a result of a change in accounting practices.

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average lump sum payment made to retiring teachers is for teachers who have been employed full-time for 30 years or more. [114704]

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Mr Gibb: A person who joined the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS) before 2007 builds a pension of 1/80 of their salary for each year of service and 3/80s as a lump sum. Therefore a typical classroom teacher, who has 30 years service and a final salary of £36,800, will receive an average pension of £13,800 and an automatic lump sum of £41,400.

A person who joined the TPS after 2007 builds a pension of 1/60 of their salary for each year of service but do not build an automatic lump sum. They do have the option though to give up part of their pension in exchange for a lump sum. If they choose to do so they exchange up to 25% of their pension value and receive a lump sum of £12 for every £1 of pension.

In this case a typical classroom teacher, who has 30 years service and a final salary of £36,800, will receive an average pension of £18,400. If this teacher chooses to give up the maximum amount in exchange for a lump sum they would receive a lump sum of £78,857 and a pension of £11,829.

On average teachers retire before they have 30 years of service. In the year ending 31 March 2012, 55% of teachers retiring at the normal pension age retired with less than 30 years service. The average lump sum paid out was £37,000.

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much has been paid out in lump sum payments to members of the Teachers' Pension Scheme in each year since 2000. [114705]

Mr Gibb: The information requested on lump sums has been included in the following table. The figures have been taken from the Teachers' Pension Scheme (England and Wales) Annual Accounts, adjusted to exclude death grants paid out.

Year ending 31 MarchLump sums paid (£ billion)

2000

0.29

2001

0.37

2002

0.41

2003

0.48

2004

0.55

2005

0.69

2006

0.77

2007

0.90

2008

1.03

2009

1.18

2010

1.20

2011

1.44

2012

1.53

Chris Skidmore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the 20 largest lump sum payments made to members of the Teachers' Pension Scheme were in each of the last five years. [114706]

Mr Gibb: The 20 largest lump sum entitlements paid to members for each of the last five financial years are provided in the following table.

 Lump sum payments (£)

Year ending 31 March 2008

262,371

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252,375

 

237,372

 

236,890

 

214,783

 

208,677

 

207,420

 

207,409

 

205,434

 

198,860

 

195,331

 

195,167

 

186,255

 

180,787

 

180,300

 

179,632

 

173,581

 

173,313

 

171,490

 

167,792

  

Year ending 31 March 2009

316,070

 

283,867

 

237,829

 

231,578

 

223,056

 

213,251

 

201,400

 

197,480

 

196,904

 

195,463

 

192,004

 

190,196

 

189,947

 

184,544

 

184,309

 

178,819

 

177,631

 

176,868

 

171,737

 

170,907

  

Year ending 31 March 2010

337,854

 

328,730

 

280,376

 

262,418

 

257,430

 

257,414

 

240,275

 

234,897

 

234,316

 

220,910

 

212,812

 

212,276

4 July 2012 : Column 723W

 

210,791

 

208,086

 

201,737

 

201,453

 

198,891

 

198,131

 

195,365

 

194,564

  

Year ending 31 March 2011

370,429

 

300,164

 

293,885

 

286,159

 

283,629

 

276,319

 

266,489

 

263,137

 

258,352

 

246,673

 

238,326

 

236,680

 

236,535

 

234,984

 

234,252

 

228,033

 

222,132

 

216,070

 

215,707

 

204,205

  

Year ending 31 March 2012

400,146

 

328,698

 

307,634

 

289,098

 

287,983

 

271,998

 

259,600

 

244,644

 

243,106

 

243,065

 

239,808

 

239,367

 

233,526

 

232,475

 

227,821

 

224,857

 

221,625

 

219,492

 

218,601

 

215,617