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Mr. Hurst: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many passes in GCSE at grades A*-C or equivalent were achieved by students in (a) the County of Essex in each year from 1980 to 1997 and (b) the County of Essex and the unitary authorities of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock in each year from 1998 to 2003. 
|15-year-old pupils(21)||Number of A*-C passes||Percentage achieving 5 A*-C||15-year-old pupils(21)||Number of A*-C passes||Percentage achieving 5 A*-C||15-year-old pupils(21)||Number of A*-C passes||Percentage achieving 5 A*-C|
Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Wirral, South have benefited from the Excellence in Cities programme; and what the per pupil spending was in each year since the programme's inception. 
|Number of children||Total EiC expenditure(21)(£)||Spend per pupil (£)|
The increase in the rate of EiC funding in 200203 was to pay for extra learning mentors and the increase in 200304 was due to the introduction of the Leadership Incentive Grant and the Behaviour Improvement Programme
Ian Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will provide funding to help further education colleges in the City of Salford to refurbish and rebuild their estates. 
Alan Johnson: All of the Departments post-16 learning and skills sector capital investment is allocated to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). The Department does not provide a specific budget to the LSC for rebuilding and refurbishing property in further education colleges at either the local or regional levels. It is for the LSC to determine for itself the right level of capital investment in further education colleges. Mr. Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member on this matter. A copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on his recent discussions with the North West Regional Development Agency on the links between industry and higher education in the north west. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: History is a statutory subject in the National Curriculum for all primary age pupils, which requires that pupils are taught knowledge, skills and understanding through various areas of study. At Key Stage 2 these include studies of local, British, European and world history. Within that framework, schools have considerable flexibility over the detailed content of their history courses as long as the statutory requirements are met. The full Programmes of Study for History can be viewed at www.nc.uk.net.
All primary schools have received copies of the DfES/Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) scheme of work for primary history. This was specifically developed to help teachers plan courses aimed at developing children's historical knowledge and skills in a coherent and rigorous way. This is widely used and Ofsted has found that it is having a positive impact on standards in many primary schools. The Department is also funding the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to produce an "Innovating with History" website which will provide further support for primary and secondary history teachers encouraging them to explore more innovative and creative approaches to planning in history.
Assessment of historical knowledge is carried out through teacher assessment. Teacher assessment is carried out as part of teaching and learning in the classroom and forms an integral part of the assessment and reporting procedures.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average teacher-to-pupil ratio in infant classes was in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) the north-east and (c) England in each year since 1997. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils there were in each of the last six years aged 11 to 15 in maintained
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secondary schools in England; and how many and what percentage of pupils in the same period were aged 11 to 15 in maintained grammar schools in England. 
|Number of pupils aged 11 to 15||Number of pupils aged 11 to15||Percentage of pupils aged 11 to 15|
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