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Specialist Schools

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications the Department received in 2003 from schools in England for specialist status; and how many of these were successful. [206265]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: 787 secondary schools in England applied for specialist school status in 2003, and 484 of these were successful (61.5 per cent.). In the first applications round of 2004, 385 secondary schools applied and 284 (74 per cent.) were successful. 289 schools have applied in the most recent applications round. The results of this round will be announced in January. The total number of operational specialist schools is 1,955.

Statementing

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were statemented in each year since 1997 in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each local authority. [205053]

Margaret Hodge: Tables showing the number of statements of special educational needs (SEN) maintained by each local education authority and the number of children for whom a statement was made for the first time have been placed in the House of Commons Libraries.
 
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Sure Start

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what entitlement schools in the Vale of York have to access Sure Start funding. [206544]

Margaret Hodge: The General Sure Start Grant includes all funds made available to local authorities from the Sure Start budget with the exception of those to support local Sure Start programmes. Local authorities are required to use General Sure Start Grant funds to meet specific objectives and targets set for them by the Sure Start Unit.

Although schools have no specific entitlement, it is open to local authorities to allocate Sure Start funds to local schools where they consider it meets objectives. Schools in the Vale of York could potentially have access to funding related to the development of extended schools (from 2005–06) and revenue grant funding for the provision of breakfast and out of school clubs.

Local authorities are also encouraged to develop children's centres for families with children aged 0–5 years on school sites and can allocate funds to schools to achieve that. However, such funding is only currently available in areas—unlike the Vale of York—which are considered to be disadvantaged.

In December 2004 the Government published "Choice for parents, the best start for children: a ten year strategy for childcare". That set out our vision for the future, whereby all families—in the Vale of York, as elsewhere—with children aged up to 14 and who need it will have an affordable, flexible, high quality child care place between the hours of eight and six, all year round. We have also said that we intend all schools to become extended schools over time and funding will be made available to all local authorities to support that.

Surplus School Places

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times the working party on surplus school places has met since it was established in February 2004; and who its members are. [207545]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The working group on falling primary school rolls has met four times-in May, July, November and December 2004. The next meeting will be in January 2005. Key stakeholder organisations were invited to nominate representatives. Members and their organisations are listed in the following table. The working group is serviced by DfES officials and meetings are attended by Audit Commission officials whose work the group is overseeing.
Working group members

Kathryn JamesNational Association of Head Teachers
Lindsey WharmbySecondary Heads Association
Judith BennettNational Governors Council
Hadrian SouthernNational Association of Governors and Managers
Ian ElliottLocal Government Association—to November 2004 awaiting—replacement
Bryan SlaterNorfolk LEA
Brian EdwardsNorthumberland LEA
Selina TimminsBirmingham LEA
Ian CraigKent LEA
David WhittingtonChurch of England Board of Education
Paul BriggsCatholic Education Service
Robert BarrOfsted HMI LEA Division—to December 2004
Marianick Mellender-GeleOfsted HMI LEA Division—from January 2005
Jean ScottCountryside Agency/DEFRA
Steve SandersonPrimary Heads Reference Group—from January 2005

 
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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of surplus (a) primary and (b) secondary school places there are in each local education authority. [207546]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The following table shows the number of surplus school places and the surplus as a percentage of total places at primary and secondary level, broken down by local education authority. The figures state the position at the beginning of the calendar year 2003.
Number of surplus school places by LEA at January 2003

Primary
Secondary
LEA nameNumber of placesSurplus as a percentage of total placesNumber of placesSurplus as a percentage of total places
Barking and Dagenham1,34286045
Barnet2,520109604
Barnsley1,17568056
Bath and NE Somerset1,520118436
Bedfordshire3,265123,0608
Bexley1,77988124
Birmingham7,16272,9984
Blackburn1,04877958
Blackpool71963354
Bolton1,69073732
Bournemouth1,182104905
Bracknell Forest9721089513
Bradford7,150142,9928
Brent2,950131,1857
Brighton and Hove1,790108897
Bristol3,880132,03911
Bromley1,55964802
Buckinghamshire4,332101,2574
Bury1,10272532
Calderdale1,891104973
Cambridgeshire5,819123,2369
Camden1,07710841
Cheshire7,505122,8376
Cornwall4,154101,3764
Corporation of London6300
Coventry2,935101,5427
Croydon2,41481,92310
Cumbria3,45084,20711
Darlington84995488
Derby City of2,356107555
Derbyshire6,504103,1176
Devon5,29191,5234
Doncaster3,152141,7127
Dorset3,185111,7315
Dudley2,68795953
Durham8,552184,07911
Ealing2,523106664
East Riding of Yorkshire2,60691,0114
East Sussex2,79171,6706
Enfield99542,32610
Essex13,462116,0036
Gateshead2,710159728
Gloucestershire4,794102,7376
Greenwich2,289111,90512
Hackney1,94711793111
Halton1,258113834
Hammersmith and Fulham1,254131,36918
Hampshire10,414105,0017
Haringey1,61686986
Harrow2,832132833
Hartlepool83796299
Havering1,15569746
Herefordshire1,421104955
Hertfordshire13,231139,83211
Hillingdon2,528111,1336
Hounslow2,174114413
Isle of Wight1,012121,54311
Isles of Scilly265000
Islington1,760125897
Kensington and Chelsea61792025
Kent9,45586,9157
Kingston upon Hull City of3,913151,0706
Kingston upon Thames76876197
Kirklees3,948112,98910
Knowsley3,595201,76815
Lambeth1,826976210
Lancashire12,466124,8166
Leeds8,487133,6477
Leicester City4,120147444
Leicestershire5,629101,8164
Lewisham2,343117116
Lincolnshire6,844113,5337
Liverpool5,906142,2866
Luton1,75693443
Manchester5,690141,6146
Medway Towns2,574101,6498
Merton2,836198709
Middlesbrough2,2451579710
Milton Keynes3,266131,54211
Newcastle upon Tyne2,280111,4277
Newham1,72961,3267
Norfolk8,197112,9396
North East Lincolnshire1,865129317
North Lincolnshire1,10181,16710
North Somerset78252502
North Tyneside2,726158266
North Yorkshire6,229123,4178
Northamptonshire5,847104,5988
Northumberland2,550132,4658
Nottingham City of3,940151,54010
Nottinghamshire6,12193,6707
Oldham2,332108885
Oxfordshire6,813142,3416
Peterborough2,756151,89813
Plymouth City of3,017138635
Poole72662052
Portsmouth2,384148027
Reading1,7511685412
Redbridge1,09151,2456
Redcar and Cleveland1,762131,20411
Richmond upon Thames73263595
Rochdale2,818131,2248
Rotherham1,98881,3126
Rutland6081934513
Salford3,097142,15415
Sandwell4,096131,9179
Sefton3,344138744
Sheffield4,587107002
Shropshire3,787155733
Slough1,564133094
Solihull1,16261641
Somerset4,936122,5507
South Gloucestershire2,942111,4628
South Tyneside1,853131,46112
Southampton1,776101,47811
Southend72356385
Southwark2,737116866
St. Helens1,40292982
Staffordshire8,256112,6024
Stockport2,30297945
Stockton on Tees1,947118396
Stoke on Trent3,663164873
Suffolk5,688114,9578
Sunderland3,844142,14610
Surrey8,501103,7066
Sutton91565984
Swindon2,146118777
Tameside1,82498085
Telford and the Wrekin1,542108548
Thurrock2,271157609
Torbay80781452
Tower Hamlets2,01391,4249
Trafford1,18769936
Wakefield3,846126143
Walsall3,334129984
Waltham Forest1,27269807
Wandsworth2,025126796
Warrington1,857103953
Warwickshire4,263102,6527
West Berkshire1,328103303
West Sussex7,348113,8048
Westminster1,122118409
Wigan2,67691,4417
Wiltshire6,877163,97412
Windsor and Maidenhead67085245
Wirral3,735131,4726
Wokingham1,304103163
Wolverhampton3,436141,7139
Worcestershire4,616112,5896
York2,455166086
Total482,07811231,3917

 
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