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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list teacher supply agencies with his Department's quality mark status, broken down by year of accreditation. [110052]

The following agencies have been awarded the Quality Mark, which is administered by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation:


  • Protocol Teachers
  • Standby Teacher Services
  • Capita Education Resourcing
  • Supply Desk
  • Celsian Group
  • Academy
  • Select Education
  • ITN Teachers
  • Quay Education Services
  • Teach London
  • Louis Paul Recruitment
  • GB Recruitment
  • Teachers Workline
  • Link Education
  • TimePlan


  • Supplynet Recruitment
  • Kelly Educational Staffing
  • GSL Education
  • Reed Education Professionals
  • Focus Education
  • Dream Education
  • SOS Education Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many supply teachers were employed in each year since 1997; and what proportion of those who had qualified teacher status, broken down by local education authority. [110185]

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers there were per head of population in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West of England in each year since 1997. [111575]

The following table shows the number of full-time equivalent regular teachers (excluding occasionals) in service in January of each year in the maintained schools sector per thousand of population of all ages.

Teachers per thousand of population
Lancashire1North West
1 The figures shown for 1997 and 1998 are based on the boundaries prior to local government reorganisation in April 1998.
2 The most recent teacher data available at regional or LEA level are for 2002.
3 The population figures used as denominators for 1997 to 2001 are revised mid-year estimates that take account of the 2001 Census. Population estimates for 2002 are not yet available, the percentages for that year are therefore based on projections for mid-2002 (which were prepared before the results of the 2001 Census were known).

:To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to protect the employment of newly recruited teachers against the consequences of the financial difficulties of the schools which employ them. [112245]

It is for schools, as employers, to determine their appropriate staffing levels in line with their budgets.