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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. 
Exclusions data for 200001, 200102 and 200203 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.
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. 
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).
|Literacy||Total entry level||Level 1 skills||Level 2 skills|
|Barking and Dagenham||19,340||19||47,690||47||33,800||34|
|City of London||215||4||1,560||30||3,495||66|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||7,515||6||43,100||36||68,440||57|
|Kensington and Chelsea||5,620||5||34,920||31||71,580||64|
|Kingston upon Thames||8,940||9||31,320||32||57,090||59|
|Richmond upon Thames||8,990||8||31,210||27||74,420||65|
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.
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.
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. 
|1997||2001||2004||Percentage point increase 19972004|
|Durham North Constituency(14)||64||74||80||16|
|Durham North Constituency(14)||67||75||77||10|
|1997||2001||2003(17)||Percentage point increase 19972003|
|Durham North Constituency(18)||57||65||66||9|
|Durham North Constituency(18)||58||65||67||9|
Further information by constituency, is provided within the Department's In Your Area" website available at http://www.dfes.gov.uk/inyourarea. 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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