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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money her Department has granted to schools in Lancashire for construction of school toilets in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: We do not hold central information on money granted to schools for construction of school toilets. Decisions on how resources should be invested in schools are taken by individual local education authorities based on locally prepared asset management plans.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have used home-to-school transport in Greater London in each of the last five years, broken down by local education authority. 
Linda Perham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the performance of secondary schools in Ilford, North based on Key Stage 2 to GCSE results since 1997. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg:
Standards in secondary schools in the Ilford, North constituency have improved significantly. Between 1997 and 2003 the percentage of pupils achieving level 5 or above at Key Stage 3 increased by 8.4 percentage points in English, 8.4 percentage points in mathematics and 10.4 percentage points in science. School level Key Stage 3 information for 2004 is not yet available. At Key Stage 4 there has been an increase of 14.1 percentage points in the attainment of five plus A*-C GCSEs, which is above the national rate of improvement of 8.6 percentage points. A summary of the improving outcomes is set out in the following table, though it does not include Key Stage 2age 15 value added scores, which were published for the first time in 2004 and have not yet been developed at constituency level.
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|Percentage of 15-year-olds gaining 5 plus GCSEs at A*-C|
Mr. Stephen Twigg: Between 1997 and 2003, the percentage of pupils achieving level 5 or above at Key Stage 3 in Chorley constituency schools increased by 14.5 percentage points in English, by 9.5 percentage points in mathematics and by 8.1 percentage points in science. School level Key Stage 3 information for 2004 is not yet available. At Key Stage 4 there has been an increase of 7.2 percentage points in the attainment of 5 A*-C GCSEs between 1997 and 2004, which compares to a national rate of improvement of 8.6 percentage points. A summary of secondary outcomes is set out in the following table.
|Percentage of pupils at Level 5 and above|
|Percentage 15-year-olds gaining 5+ GCSEs at A*-C|
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) learning support assistants and pupils there are in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in (A) Lancashire and (B) Chorley. 
|Chorley parliamentary constituency||390||0||390|
|Lancashire local education authority||(28)4,600||30||4,630|
|Chorley parliamentary constituency||450||10||460|
|Lancashire local education authority||(28)4,720||70||4,790|
|Teaching assistants||All other support staff||Total support staff|
|Chorley parliamentary constituency||190||70||260|
|Lancashire local education authority||2,220||780||3,000|
|Chorley parliamentary constituency||50||100||150|
|Lancashire local education authority||470||1,140||1,610|
|Chorley parliamentary constituency||8,820||7,720|
|Lancashire local education authority||96,880||76,690|
Mr. George Osborne:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the costs of departmental
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(a) staff training days and (b) staff development days held away from the Department were in each year since 1997. 
Derek Twigg: This information is not collected centrally. Costs that are incurred by individual divisions or teams reflect the Department's serious commitment to learning and development for its staff, and support departmental aims and objectives.
Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes there have been in (a) GCSE and (b) A level results achieved by students in the constituency of Stockton, South since 1997. 
|Percentage of 15-year-olds gaining:||1997||2004||Percentage point improvement 19972004|
Further information by constituency, is provided within the Department's 'In Your Area' web site 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.
Additional information could only be provided at disproportionate cost. However, my Department is investigating ways in which we can disseminate more information about the effects of our policies at a local level. The 'In your area' web site will be further developed over the coming months to include additional information about adult education, school funding, school initiatives, school performance, school workforce and post-16.
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