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Overarching Strategy for Children andYoung People

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will publish the Overarching Strategy for Children and Young People. [101419]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 7 March 2003]: The Government is determined to improve outcomes for all children and young people, wherever they live, whatever their background. We will publish an overarching strategy later this year, setting out the nation's vision for children and young people, the outcomes that we want to see them achieve, and what needs to happen to make this vision a reality.

The strategy will be closely linked with the forthcoming green paper, which will identify options for improving services for children at risk.

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Private/Public Boarding Schools

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his policy is on looked after children attending (a) private and (b) public boarding schools; and if he will make a statement. [99378]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Any decision, regarding the education that is most suitable for a child in care, should be taken locally by those who have responsibility for that child's care and welfare. The decision will be taken following an assessment of the child's developmental needs, including education, and should be in the best interest of the child.

School Governors

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was allocated to the National Governors Council in each year since 1998–99. [100727]

Mr. Miliband: The table shows how much funding has been allocated to the National Governors Council in each year since 1998–99.


YearFunding allocated

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on supporting parent governor representatives, including the costs of the e-mail network, website and conferences, since they were established. [100728]

Mr. Miliband: Since the first parent governor representatives (PGRs) were elected in September 1999 we have provided £101,520 support for the integrated website and e-mail network and £87,475 for conferences. LEAs are also encouraged to provide financial support for PGRs because PGRs exist to represent the views of all parents on local authority overview and scrutiny committees and sub-committees dealing with education.

Specialist Schools

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the (a) specialist schools and (b) local education authorities that exercised the option to select up to 10 per cent. of pupils by aptitude in each of the last three years, indicating (i) the nature of the specialism, (ii) the status of the school, (iii) the percentage of pupils selected, (iv) the percentage of pupils with statements and (v) the percentage of pupils receiving free school meals. [101039]

Mr. Miliband [holding answer 10 March 2003]: On the basis of the latest collated information, the attached table lists the specialist schools and local education authorities that exercised the option to select up to 10 per cent. of their pupils by aptitude in the 2000–01 and 2001–02 academic years. Most of the schools and

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LEAs listed were selecting by aptitude prior to the 1998 Act, and therefore some schools listed select more than 10 per cent. of their pupils.

We cannot provide the figures for the 2002–03 academic year as we collect information on aptitude selection from the progress reports which specialist schools are required to submit annually. Specialist schools designated in 2002 will not submit their first

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progress report until September 2003. The 217 specialist schools that were designated in February 2003 will not begin operating until this September, and will submit their first progress reports in September 2004.

The information requested on the percentage of pupils receiving free school meals cannot be provided as it is the Department's current policy not to publish figures about individual schools without their prior agreement.

30 specialist schools operational as of September 2000 which DfES figures suggest are selecting a percentage of their pupils on the basis of aptitude in their specialist subjects

SpecialismSchoolLEAStatusOperational as specialist school from SeptemberPercentage of pupils selected(8)Percentage of pupils on roll with statements of SEN
TechnologyMill Hill County High SchoolBarnet, LB ofFoundation1994Up to 10%3.6
SportsWhitefield SchoolBarnet, LB ofCommunity1999Up to 10%5.1
SportsOldfield SchoolBath & NE SomersetFoundation1997Up to 10%0.6
TechnologyNinestiles SchoolBirminghamFoundation1997Up to 10%3.4
TechnologySmall Heath SchoolBirminghamFoundation1994Up to 10%1.2
SportsOakbank SchoolBradfordFoundation1997 Up to 10%2.7
SportsThe Wye Valley School BuckinghamshireCommunity1998Up to 10%4.5
ArtsBrentwood Ursuline Convent SchoolEssexVoluntary Aided1999Up to 10%0.3
TechnologyPhilip Morant SchoolEssexFoundation1994Up to 10%1.2
TechnologySt Martin's SchoolEssexFoundation1995Up to 10%0.8
LanguageBohunt SchoolHampshireFoundation1996Up to 10%0.9
LanguageHockerill Anglo European SchoolHertfordshireFoundation1998Up to 10%0.9
Technology Chaucer Technology SchoolKentFoundation199667%1.6
TechnologyCornwallis SchoolKentFoundation1994Up to 10%3.4
TechnologySandwich Technology SchoolKentFoundation1996Up to 10%1.7
Technology Archbishop Temple SchoolLancashireVoluntary Aided1995Up to 10%1.6
ArtsIntake High SchoolLeedsCommunity1998Up to 10%4.3
ArtsNorth Kesteven SchoolLincolnshireFoundation2000Up to 10%1.9
TechnologyArchbishop Blanch SchoolLiverpoolVoluntary Aided19966%1.7
Technology St Margaret's C of E High SchoolLiverpoolVoluntary Aided199715%1.7
Technology Denbigh SchoolMilton KeynesFoundation1997Up to 10%1.5
TechnologyLynn Grove VA High SchoolNorfolkVoluntary Aided199415%0.7
ArtsLatimer Community Arts CollegeNorthamptonshireCommunity1997Up to 10%3
TechnologyLodge Park SchoolNorthamptonshireFoundation1994Up to 10%1.4
TechnologyGeorge Spencer GM SchoolNottinghamshireFoundation1994Up to 10%0.6
TechnologyDeacon's SchoolPeterborough cityFoundation199415%1.3
Technology Glyn Technology SchoolSurreyFoundation199415%0.5
TechnologyHeathside SchoolSurreyFoundation 1995|4%1.2
ArtsChestnut Grove SchoolWandsworthCommunity199716%3.5
ArtsThe St Marylebone SchoolWestminsterVoluntary Aided1998Up to 10%1.6

(8) The percentages refer to aptitude selection relating to the schools' specialist school designations, some schools may also select for aptitude in other specialisms.


This information was taken from progress reports submitted by 536 schools operational as at September 2000.

The 1998 School Standards and Framework Act provides for schools with a specialism to select up to 10 per cent. of their intake on the basis of aptitude for a specialist subject prescribed in regulations. Prior to the 1998 Act schools had greater discretion over aptitude selection and this accounts for the percentages above 10 per cent.

University Intakes

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which universities in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 took (i) more than 90 per cent.of their students from state schools and (ii) more than 20 per cent.of students from low participation backgrounds; and if he will make a statement. [98469]

Margaret Hodge: The latest available data are shown in the two tables.

Higher Education Institutes in England taking more than 90 per cent. of young students from state schools in 1999 and 2000.

1999 state schools percentage2000 state schools percentage
Anglia Polytechnic University9495
Bath Spa University College9496
Bishop Grosseteste College9898
Bolton Institute of Higher Education10099
Bournemouth University9191
Bretton Hall9496
University of Brighton9393
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College9798
Canterbury Christ Church University College9496
University of Central England9596
University of Central Lancashire9796
Chester College of Higher Education 9296
University College Chichester9495
Coventry University9494
Cumbria Institute of the Arts98100
Dartington College of Arts9993
De Montfort University9495
University of Derby9798
University of East London9698
Edge Hill College of Higher Education9898
University of Essex9193
Falmouth College of Arts9898
University of Gloucestershire9593
University of Greenwich9596
University of Hertfordshire9596
University of Huddersfield9797
Keele UniversityN/a92
Kent Institute of Art and Design9897
King Alfred's College, Winchester9494
Leeds Metropolitan University9393
University of Lincoln9797
Liverpool Hope University College9696
Liverpool John Moors University9495
London Guildhall University9295
The London Institute9798
University of Luton9999
Manchester Metropolitan University9394
Middlesex University9697
Newman College of Higher Education 9799
University College Northampton9797
University of North London9697
North Riding College97N/a
Norwich School of Art and Design100100
Nottingham Trent University9193
University of Plymouth9193
University of Portsmouth9291
Ravensbourne College10099
Rose Bruford College9392
College of St. Mark & St. John9496
St. Martin's College9697
St. Mary's College9293
University of Salford9594
Sheffield Hallam University9294
Southampton Institute9394
South Bank University9394
Staffordshire University9798
University of Sunderland9797
The Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College9999
University of Surrey Roehampton92N/a
University of Teeside9898
Thames Valley University9898
Trinity & All Saints9393
University of Westminster9294
Wimbledon School of Art10098
University of Wolverhampton9899
University College Worcester9697
Writtle CollegeN/a94
York St. John College9595


N/a = not applicable, i.e. below 90 per cent. for the year in question.

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1999 Low participation (percentage)2000 Low participation (percentage)
Bolton Institute of Higher Education2632
Cumbria Institute of the Arts22N/a
Edge Hill College of Higher Education2223
Liverpool Hope University College2326
Liverpool John Moores University2121
Newman College of Higher Education2524
Northern School of Contemporary DanceN/a21
University of Sunderland2929
University of Wolverhampton2323


Not applicable, i.e. not above 20 per cent. for the year in question.

The figures in the tables are taken from the two most recent versions of "Performance Indicators in Higher Education", published annually by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Copies of these publications can be found in the House Library.

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