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Departmental Public Bodies

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list each of his Department’s (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies, setting out in each case their (i) function, (ii) latest estimated annual running costs and (iii) number of staff; and if he will make a statement. (194842)

The information is as follows.

(a) The Department is not responsible for any Executive agencies.

(b) The Department is responsible for eight Executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) and three advisory NDPBs. The names of these NDPBs are listed on the Department’s website at:

(i) Details of the budget and function of each NDPB is published in the Department’s Annual Report 2007 and in Public Bodies 2007, which are available on the Department’s website at:

The following NDPBs are the responsibility of the Department for Children, Schools and Families and their (i) function, (ii) latest estimated annual running costs and (iii) number of staff are set out as follows:

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA)

(i) Becta is the Government’s lead partner in the strategic development and delivery of the e-strategy;

(ii) £10.460 million;

(iii) 201 staff.

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS)

(i) CAFCASS is involved in family law proceedings under the Children Act 1989 and its role is to advice the courts on what is in the best interests of a child;

(ii) £104.818 million;

(iii) 1,701 staff.

Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy

(i) The Advisory Group’s function is to provide advice to the Government and monitor the overall success of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy towards achieving the goals of reducing the rate of teenage conceptions and reaching a 60 per cent. target of teenage parent participation in education, training or employment, to reduce the risk of their long-term exclusion;

(ii) £0.04 million;

(iii) The body does not employ staff.

National College for School Leadership (NCSL)

(i) NCSL’s function is to develop excellent school leadership to transform children’s achievement and well-being; to develop leadership within and beyond the school; to identify and grow tomorrow’s leaders; and create a fit-for-purpose, national college;

(ii) £8.928 million;

(iii) 265 staff.

Office of the Children’s Commissioner, known as 11 MILLION

(i) The function of the Children’s Commissioner is to promote awareness of the views and interests of children as set out in the Children Act 2004;

(ii) The Commissioner’s Office, 11 MILLION, has a budget of £3 million;

(iii) 20 staff.

Partnerships for Schools (PfS)

(i) PfS supports the local delivery of the Government’s Building Schools for the Future programme (including academies);

(ii) £12.5 million (of which the Department funds 50 per cent.);

(iii) 106 staff.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)

(i) QCA maintains and develops the national curriculum and associated assessments, tests and examinations, as well as accrediting qualifications in colleges and at work. QCA also regulates awarding bodies and exams to ensure they are fit for purpose;

(ii) £47.6 million;

(iii) 490 staff.

School Food Trust (SFT)

(i) SFT’s function is to promote the education and health of children and young people by increasing the quality of food supplied and consumed in school;

(ii) £7.5 million;

(iii) 43 staff funded by grant-in-aid by the Department.

(The SFT also receives lottery funding to employ additional staff to take forward it Let’s Get Cooking Programme).

School Teachers Review Body (STRB)

(i) The STRB’s function is to consider matters referred to it by the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in relation to the remuneration, professional duties or working time of school teachers; and to report to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State;

(ii) The Office of Manpower Economics provide the secretariat for the STRB and recover the associated cost from their sponsoring Department—BERR;

(iii) The body does not employ staff.

Teachers’ TV board of governors

(i) The Teachers’ TV board of governors’ function is to upholding the editorial independence of the Teachers’ TV channel; to advise the Secretary of State on the performance of the supplier; and to ensure that Teachers’ TV meets the needs of its audiences and fulfils its strategic aims;

(ii) £0.2 million;

(iii) The body does not employ staff.

Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)

(i) TDA’s function is to secure the supply of the school work force through promotion of the teaching profession and quality assurance for initial teacher training (ITT); to support the development of the school work force through creation and promotion of professional and occupational standards, support of performance management arrangements and stimulation of a sufficient supply of high quality in-service training; to support the ongoing modernisation of the school work force, the wider education sector and children’s and young people’s services;

(ii) £25.103 million;

(iii) 303 staff.