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The results published in the tables are based on data provided by the QCA's National Assessment Agency to the Department. Schools had the opportunity to check the accuracy of the data and, where reviews of marking have taken place, amend them as part of the tables checking exercise.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what work has been undertaken by the Commission for Social Care Inspectorate to improve the care of looked after children placed in private children's homes out of the area of the responsible authority. 
Margaret Hodge: I understand from the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCl) that the Commission is proposing to address this issue by strengthening the scrutiny of local authority commissioning processes. This could include a specific focus on:
In relation to out of authority placements, CSCl is also considering what further work is required to address the impact of high concentrations of children's homes on their local communities and the impact on children placed in those homes who may be poorly served by their placing authorities.
Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places there were at medical schools in each year since 1997; and how many applications there were in each of those years. 
|Year of entry||Intake targets||Number of applicants(17)|
Margaret Hodge: All four-year-olds in England have been entitled to a free part-time early education place since September 1998. All three-year-olds in England have been entitled to a free part-time early education place since April 2004.
The latest figures on early education places for three and four-year-olds in England were published in Statistical First Release 39/2004 Provision for children under five years of age in EnglandJanuary 2004 (final)", which is available on the Department's website www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/.
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|Maintained nursery and primary schools(19)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers||Total|
|Maintained nursery and primary schools(20)||Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers||Total |
The Director for Fair Access has statutory functions and duties under the Higher Education Act 2004, but no statutory objectives. In considering how successfully the Director fulfils his functions and duties we will look at his annual report; at any feedback, especially from higher education institutions and students; and in due course at the findings of the independent commission which will be set up to examine the first three years of operation of the variable fees arrangements in higher education.
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Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time teachers, (b) part-time teachers and (c) teaching assistants there were in schools in Shrewsbury and Atcham on (i) 1 May 2001, (ii) 7 June 2001 and (iii) the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg: Information on the number of teachers and teaching assistants in service is collected in January of each year. The following table shows the number of teachers and teaching assistants in maintained schools in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency in January 2001 and 2004, the latest information available.
Mr. Forth: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the possible effects on school pupils' health and safety of inaccuracies and unreliability of school attendance data. 
The primary purpose of maintaining school attendance data is to record when pupils of compulsory school age attend education. As schools are required to conduct an assessment of potential risks to pupils' health and safety, they are likely to use school attendance data, along with other sources of information, to minimise any identified risks. The Department is not aware of any significant problems experienced by schools in meeting this requirement.
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