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Exclusions (Derbyshire)

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils have been permanently excluded from schools in (a) the West Derbyshire parliamentary constituency and (b) the county of Derbyshire in each year since 1997. [211936]

Derek Twigg: The available information is given in the table.

Exclusions data for 2000–01, 2001–02 and 2002–03 are known to have been under-reported by some schools in England. The Department carried out a checking
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exercise, but this was at LEA level only. As a result, this information is not available at parliamentary constituency level for the three most recent years.
Maintained primary, secondary and all special schools1, 2: Number and percentage of permanently excluded pupils

West Derbyshire
parliamentary constituency
Derbyshire LEA

n/a = Not available.
(11) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(12) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools.
(13) The number of permanent exclusions expressed as a percentage of the number (headcount) of pupils, excluding dually registered pupils.
Annual Schools Census


Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of adults in London she estimates were illiterate in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by local education authority. [214570]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Skills for Life Survey: A national needs and impact survey of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills" (DfES, October 2003) provides the latest estimates of literacy levels for England and London in particular. While it is not possible to provide estimates for each of the last five years, the survey does show literacy levels in individual London education authorities. These figures are detailed in Table 1.

The survey highlights that 5 per cent. of London respondents were classified at Entry Level 1, 2 per cent. at Entry Level 2 and 12 per cent. at Entry Level 3 for literacy (Entry level 3 or below compares to below GCSE grade G). The Entry Level 3 or below figure for England as a whole is 16 per cent. or 5.2 million people. A further 34 per cent. of respondents were at Level 1 (considered equivalent to GCSE grades D-G).

The survey maps skill levels to the National Standards for Adult Literacy and Numeracy. A copy of the survey report is on the DfES website:
Table 1: Literacy levels across London drawn from the Skills for Life Survey

LiteracyTotal entry level
Level 1 skills
Level 2 skills
Barking and Dagenham19,3401947,6904733,80034
City of London21541,560303,49566
Hammersmith and Fulham7,515643,1003668,44057
Kensington and Chelsea5,620534,9203171,58064
Kingston upon Thames8,940931,3203257,09059
Richmond upon Thames8,990831,2102774,42065
Tower Hamlets24,2401848,3003758,68045
Waltham Forest22,6901666,5104655,92039

DfES, 2003.

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Baseline Assessment

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidelines she has issued to infant schools on baseline assessment; and if she will make a statement. [214851]

Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 8 February 2005]: Schools are not required to make a baseline assessment. The Foundation Stage Profile replaced baseline assessment in 2003. It is the statutory instrument for assessing children at the end of Reception Year against progress towards the Early Learning Goals within the Foundation Stage Curriculum. The Foundation Stage Profile Handbook gives practitioners guidance on completing the assessment. The QCA Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements give guidance to schools on meeting the statutory requirements.

Support for practitioners in carrying out the Profile judgments is provided by LEA Early Years Advisers and Primary National Strategy consultants.

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what baseline assessment the Government uses to evaluate school and student improvement at the end of Key Stage One. [214850]

Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 8 February 2005]: The Government does not use a baseline assessment to evaluate school or pupil improvement at the end of Key Stage One. Instead, we use teacher assessment supported by National Curriculum tests and tasks.

Literacy and Numeracy (North Durham)

Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the levels of literacy and numeracy among school-age children in North Durham were in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available. [214189]

Mr. Stephen Twigg: The data requested is set out in the following tables:
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Key Stage 2—percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 plus

199720012004Percentage point increase 1997–2004
Durham North Constituency(14)64748016
Durham LEA(15)62757715
Durham North Constituency(14)67757710
Durham LEA(15)65747611

(14) Pupils attending schools in Durham North constituency.
(15) The average for all maintained schools in the local education authority. This includes the results of small primary schools listed in the School and College Achievement and Attainment tables and the results of special schools.
(16) The average for all schools in England (including independent schools).

Key Stage 3—percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 plus

199720012003(17)Percentage point increase 1997–2003
Durham North Constituency(18)5765669
Durham LEA(19)52646614
Durham North Constituency(18)5865679
Durham LEA(19)54646915

(17) 2003 is the latest year for which constituency level data is available at Key Stage 3.
(18) Pupils attending schools in Durham North constituency.
(19) The average for all maintained schools in the local education authority including special schools
(20) The average for all schools in England including independent schools. Participation by independent schools is voluntary and therefore these figures include data only from those independent schools who choose to make a return.

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Further information by constituency, is provided within the Department's In Your Area" website available at Where information is not available at the constituency level it has been provided at local education authority level.

This website allows users to access key facts and local information about education and skills based on postcodes. The data available within the site offers comparisons between 1997 and the latest available year and covers five geographies. These are parliamentary constituency, ward, local authority district, local education authority, Government Office region. England figures are also provided.

The information available within the website is grouped in a number of broad categories including Literacy and Numeracy at age 11, Literacy and Numeracy at age 14, GCSE/GNVQ results, Pupils with Special Educational Needs, School Initiatives, School Workforce, School Funding and Resources, Children's Social Services, Early Years, Class Sizes, Post-16, Higher Education and Adult Education.

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