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Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the local education authorities in the (a) first decile and (b) tenth decile for results at (i) Key Stage 2, (ii) Key Stage 3 and (iii) GCSEs for each year since 1997. 
Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the national award scheme for foster carers envisaged in the Green Paper 'Every Child Matters' will be assessed; and what the scheme will award. 
Margaret Hodge: A national award scheme for outstanding foster carers is one of the proposals in the Green Paper, "Every Child Matters" to improve the recruitment and retention of foster carers. The Green Paper is now out for consultation until 1 December 2003 and we look forward to receiving views from the consultation both on the merit of this proposal and how such a scheme might best operate in practice.
A 'privately fostered child' means a child who is under the age of 16 (or 18 if disabled) who is cared for, and provided with accommodation by, someone other than a parent of his; a person who is not a parent of his but who has parental responsibility for him; or a relative of
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his. A child is not a privately fostered child if the person caring for and accommodating him has done so for a period of less than 28 days; and does not intend to do so for a longer period.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 14 June 2003, Official Report, column 100W, on GCSE/GNVQ point scores, what the uptake was of full-time intermediate GNVQ courses in each year since 1996; and what percentage of pupils achieved (a) 5 A+C grades at GCSE level and (b) the equivalent GNVQ level in each such year. 
|GNVQ intermediate||Total people studying towards a qualification|
(15) Covers males aged 1664 and females aged 1659
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The attainment figures for intermediate GNVQs and the 5 or more grades A*-C GCSE/GNVQ indicator are based on data collected for the secondary school performance tables and are based on 15-year-old pupils only.
|Academic year||Number||Percentage of 15-year-olds|
|Pupils achieving both GCSEs and GNVQs who:||Pupils achieving GCSEs only who:|
|Academic year||Total number achieving 5+A*-C GCSE/GNVQ||Achieved 5+A*-C without the help of a GNVQ||Percentage||Achieved 5+A*-C with the help of a GNVQ||Percentage||Achieved 5+A*-C||Percentage|
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects to respond to the request for additional financial resources made on 26 September by the Essex Secondary Headteachers' Association; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Miliband: Changes to the Key Stage 2 target setting arrangements were announced in "Excellence and Enjoyment: A strategy for primary schools", published in May 2003. For 2005 onwards, primary schools will set their own targets for the achievement of their 11-year-old pupils in English and mathematics, with local education authorities (LEAs) setting their targets for Key Stage 2 performance afterwards.
The Secretary of State has already approved Key Stage 2 targets for all LEAs for 2004, which form part of their Educational Development Plans. The Department has issued guidance indicating that LEAs may feel it appropriate to review their 2004 Key Stage 2 targets in the light of the changes to the primary school target setting arrangements. We expect this to apply to only a small number of LEAs.
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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Languages Pathfinders have been established in (a) West Sussex and (b) England so far this year; and if he will make a statement. 
There is not an ESOL Pathfinder in West Sussex (there was not a bid from West Sussex). However, there is a Pathfinder in East Sussex and some of its partners have been working with colleagues at the West Sussex Lifelong Learning Partnership. The locations of the 10 Pathfinder partnerships are as follows.
(16) The data shown above excludes trainees on the Fast Track scheme in 2001/02 and employment based teacher training.
Teacher Training Agency
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many PFI school projects operated by Jarvis have been halted because contractors have not been paid for work completed. 
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