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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will list the secondary schools in West Sussex which conduct cognitive ability tests in year 7;
Mr. Miliband : Cognitive ability tests for year 7 are commercial tests produced by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) Nelson which schools can purchase if they wish. As such the department has no records of their usage on an individual school, local education authority or national basis.
Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the circular documents that were sent by his Department to (a) primary schools, (b) city technology colleges, (c) other secondary schools and (d) special schools between (i) 1 September and 30 September and (ii) 1 September 2001 and 31 August 2002. 
Mr. Miliband: The information requested has been placed in the Libraries.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many job vacancies there were at (a) administrative assistant or equivalent, (b) administrative officer or equivalent, (c) administrative executive officer, (d) higher executive officer, (e) senior executive officer, (f) grade 7 principal and (g) positions above grade 7 level in her Department for jobs located in (i) London and (ii) the south east between 1 April 2001 and 31 March; and what is the total employment for each Civil Service grade. 
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Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 28 October 2002]: Information on vacancies in London and the south east region between 9 June 2001 (when this Department was established) and 31 March 2002, and numbers of DfES staff in London and the south east region at 1 April 2002, is set out in the table:
|Responsibility level||London region vacancies(6)||London region total staff(7)||SE region vacancies(6)||SE region total staff(7)|
|Grade 6 and above||10||127||0||3|
|Senior Executive Officer||15||217||2||8|
|Higher Executive Officer||43||570||2||31|
|Total non industrial staff||289||2,098||9||77|
(6) 9 June 2001 to 31 March 2002.
(7) 1 April 2002.
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will calculate (a) the amount spent per pupil on primary and secondary education by Cheshire county council and (b) average amount spent per pupil on primary and secondary education by local authorities in England in the last financial year for which figures are available; what assessment he has made of the effect of the comparison of the resultant figures on educational provision in Cheshire; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Miliband: The requested information is as follows:
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All figures in cash terms and rounded to the nearest 10.
The data have been taken from Cheshire education authority's section 52 Outturn statement for the 200001 financial year. Variations in spending per pupil between authorities reflect higher area costs and greater incidence of deprivation in some areas. The Government will be announcing later this year the outcome of its review of formula funding for local authorities.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has issued to schools on teaching English as an additional language. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 30 October 2002]: The general consensus among practitioners in England is that the teaching of English as an additional language (EAL) is most effective where it is firmly embedded in classroom practice across all national curriculum subject areas. This ensures that pupils have the opportunity to learn English in a meaningful subject specific context. That approach is reflected in the guidance issued by the Department on teaching EAL as part of the national strategies on literacy, numeracy and Key Stage 3. Many schools use the resources provided through the Department's #154 million Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant (EMAG) programme to provide additional tailored support for bilingual learners.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) pupils achieved five GCSEs or more grades A*-C and (b) 17 year olds were in full-time education in each region in each year since 1995. 
Mr. Miliband: The information requested is shown in the tables.
|Yorkshire and the Humber||36.3||37.1||37.9||38.7||40.5||42.1||43.0|
|East of England||44.4||45.0||45.8||48.4||49.9||50.7||51.8|
|England (all schools including independent schools)||43.5||44.5||45.1||46.3||47.9||49.2||50.0|
Participation estimates are produced using the academic age of the student (age as at 31 August). Therefore, the estimates for both 16-year-olds (the first post-compulsory year) and 17-years-olds are included. The figures are taken from the latest Statistical Bulletin, XParticipation in Education and Training by Young People Aged 16 and 17 in Each Local Area and Region, England".
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|Region||end 1995||end 1996||end 1997||end 1998||end 1999|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||65||64||65||64||66|
|East of England||75||75||73||74||75|
Includes 16-year-olds participating in full-time education in schools, sixth-form colleges and other FE.Source:DfES
|Region||end 1995||end 1996||end 1997||end 1998||end 1999|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||52||53||51||51||52|
|East of England||61||61||60||60||62|
Includes 17-year-olds participating in full-time education in schools, sixth-form colleges and other FE.Source:DfES
Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will make a statement on the successor scheme to individual learning accounts. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis : In June 2003 following the completion of our review of adult learning and as an integral part of our groundbreaking National Skills Strategy and delivery plan.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he gives to directors of local education authorities about the use of their powers to call informal meetings of school governing bodies. 
Mr. Miliband: Directors of local education authorities have no powers to call meetings of school governing bodies, but may invite governors, either individually or collectively, to meet them. Paragraphs 24 to 32 of the Code of Practice on Local Education Authority-School Relations (issued in February 2001) give authorities guidance on their role in monitoring and supporting schools causing concern.
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