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Pupil Mobility

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has carried out, and what conclusions he has reached, on the effect of in-year pupil mobility on educational achievement; and what rates of pupil mobility were experienced in 2003–04 in each local education authority-supported school in Newcastle upon Tyne. [204416]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The Department has not conducted any research into the particular effects of in-year pupil mobility on educational achievement.

However, some general research has been conducted into the nature and causes of pupil mobility in schools. A report published by the Department in 1999 concludes that high pupil mobility in schools is strongly associated with factors of social deprivation, family break-up, temporary accommodation and other rented housing occupied by poorer families moving around.

In terms of the link between pupil mobility and achievement, analysis of provisional 2004 GCSE data shows that pupils who joined their current secondary school at any time other than the start of a school year (in-year mobility), on average, achieved 27 GCSE points fewer at age 15 than other pupils with similar characteristics, including similar attainment at age 11. This approximately equates to achieving one grade lower in 4 or 5 subjects at GCSE.

With regard to the pupil mobility rates, the Department collects mobility indicators for primary schools. The mobility indicator is defined as the percentage of pupils eligible for Key Stage 2 assessment that are included in the value added calculation, who took both their Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 tests at the same school.

The mobility indicator for each local education authority-supported school in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2003/04 is given in the following table:
Primary school mobility indicators, 2003/04, Newcastle upon Tyne

Name of schoolPostcodeMobility indicator (percentage)
Beech Hill Primary SchoolNE5 2LW7
Atkinson Road Primary SchoolNE4 8XT68
Throckley Primary SchoolNE159JN(44)
Newburn Manor Primary SchoolNE158PY(44)
Walbottle Village Primary SchoolNE158JL(44)
West Denton Primary SchoolNE51DN(44)
Knop Law First SchoolNE51LH(44)
Milecastle Primary SchoolNE51LH(44)
Cheviot Primary SchoolNE54EB75
Waverley Primary SchoolNE157QZ(44)
Simonside Primary SchoolNE54LG76
Fame Primary SchoolNE54AP100
Lemington Riverside Primary SchoolNE158RR(44)
Westerhope Primary SchoolNE51NE
Byker Primary SchoolNE6 2AT70
West Jesmond Primary SchoolNE2 3AJ83
Benton Park Primary SchoolNE7 7SS82
Hawthorn Primary SchoolNE4 6SB52
Canning Street Primary SchoolNE4 SPA63
Chillingham Road Primary SchoolNE6 5XL72
Cragside Primary SchoolNE7 7EL86
Delaval Community Primary SchoolNE156NR72
Broadwood Primary SchoolNE157TB67
Tyneview Primary SchoolNE6 3QP72
North Fawdon Primary SchoolNE3 2SL92
Hilton Primary SchoolNE53RN70
Montagu Primary SchoolNE5 3HY43
Mountfield Primary SchoolNE3 3AT76
Ravenswood Primary SchoolNE6 5TU91
South Benwell Primary SchoolNE4 SHE89
Stocksfield Avenue Primary SchoolNE52DQ81
Walkergate Primary SchoolNE6 4SD86
Thomas Walling Primary SchoolNE5 3PL70
Welbeck Primary SchoolNE6 2QL81
Westgate Hill Primary SchoolNE4 6NY70
West Walker Primary SchoolNE6 3XB85
Wharrier Street Primary SchoolNE63EY80
Wingrove Primary SchoolNE4 9HP58
Wyndham Primary SchoolNE3 4QP91
Kenton Bar Primary SchoolNE3 3YF77
Kingston Park Primary SchoolNE3 2EL79
Hotspur Primary SchoolNE6 SPA84
Moorside Community Primary SchoolNE4 SAW73
Christ Church C of E Primary School, NewcastleNE2 1XA75
St. Anthony's C of E Primary SchoolNE6 3SU77
St. Charles' RC Primary SchoolNE3 SHE93
St. Oswald's RC Primary SchoolNE3 5LE94
St. Mark's RC Primary SchoolNE5 4BT78
St. George's RC Primary SchoolNE156XX78
St. Cuthbert's RC Primary SchoolNE158JL89
St. John Vianney RC Primary SchoolNE51DN93
St. Paul's C of E Primary SchoolNE4 7JU88
English Martyrs' RC Primary SchoolNE5 2SA85
Sacred Heart RC Primary SchoolNE4 9XZ97
St. Bede's RC Primary SchoolNE157HS76
St. Cuthbert's Catholic Primary SchoolNE3 3QR97
St. Catherine's RC Primary SchoolNE21PS72
St. Joseph's RC Primary SchoolNE156JB86
St. Lawrence's RC Primary SchoolNE6 2JX97
Our Lady and St. Anne's RC Voluntary Aided Primary SchoolNE4 6EB85
St. Michael's RC Primary SchoolNE4 7RE79
St. Teresa's Catholic Primary SchoolNE6 5HN94
St. Vincent's RC Primary SchoolNE6 2TX97
St. Alban's RC Primary SchoolNE6 4HQ86
Chapel Park Middle SchoolNE5 1SH0
Chapel House Middle SchoolNE51EL0
Throckley Middle SchoolNE159DY0
Gosforth Central Middle SchoolNE31UN0
Gosforth West Middle SchoolNE3 1DY0
Gosforth East Middle SchoolNE3 5JT0
Trinity SchoolNE4 8XJ(45)
Hadrian SchoolNE156PX77
Thomas Bewick SchoolNE51DP(45)

(44) No data was made available for those schools.
(45) Small schools with less than 11 pupils. In these cases results were not included.

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Pupils' English

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evidence the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census data provides of the capacity of pupils in primary schools to be taught through the medium of English. [204339]

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Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 13 December 2004]: Data collected via the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census (PLASC) does not provide the requested evidence.

PLASC does collect individual pupil records which include information on whether the pupils' first
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language is English. First language is defined as the language to which the child was initially exposed during early development.

PLASC does not collect data on the relative English language fluency of those pupils recorded as having a first language other than English.

National Curriculum Assessment and GCSE/GNVQ Attainment by Pupil Characteristics is now published by the DfES annually. This includes separate data on achievement by pupils whose first language is English and whose first language is other than English.


Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school pupils passed (a) four GCSEs and (b) one GNVQ in each year since 1994. [200441]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The information requested is:
Number of 15-year-old pupils achieving(47)

Number of 15-year-old pupils4 GCSEs(46)1 GNVQ(46)4GCSEs and

(46) The figures given are for pupils who achieved exactly four GCSEs—not four or more GCSEs. Similarly, for GNVQs, the figures refer to the number of pupils who achieved exactly 1 GNVQ.
(47) The information is derived from data collated for the Secondary School performance tables that are published annually.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the remit is of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's consultation on the proposed new framework for achievement; and how it differs from the remit of the Tomlinson Commission. [206154]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The remit of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's consultation on the proposed new framework for achievement is the reform of Vocational Qualifications and the establishment of a credit framework for adults in England by 2006.

The Working Group on 14–19 Reform, chaired by Mike Tomlinson, was remitted to make recommendations to strengthen the structure and content of full time vocational programmes; create appropriate assessment arrangements for this phase of education; ensure more young people remain in education and training beyond 16 and are better prepared for adult and working life.
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We will be considering the Report carefully. Our intention is to make positive and detailed proposals in the form of a White Paper in the new year. We will ensure that this is compatible with the framework for achievement proposals.

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