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Detentions

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many detentions were issued in schools in Greater London in each of the last five years. [21086]

Jacqui Smith: The requested information is not collected centrally.
 
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Dyslexia

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many candidates received extra time due to dyslexia while sitting (a) GCSE and (b) GCE A/AS level examinations in 2003–04. [17437]

Jacqui Smith: These data are not collected by the Department because the figures available for the number of candidates who received extra time while sitting GCSE and GCE A/AS level examinations is not broken down by disability or qualification.

Educational Maintenance Allowance

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received from providers of Work-Based Learning about the replacement of training allowances with educational maintenance allowances; and if she will make a statement. [18703]

Maria Eagle: The Department has received a small number of letters from providers who have made representations through their local Members of Parliament. Each correspondent has received a full response outlining details of the reforms. The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is leading on implementing the reforms and received one representation from the Association of Learning Providers (ALP) in July 2005. The LSC has invited the ALP to join the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Management Board and has consulted a range of providers through visits, workshops and attending Work Based Learning Provider meetings.

The extension of EMA to unwaged trainees should not be regarded as simply the replacement of the training allowance by EMA. It is a full package of financial support which will extend EMA to unwaged trainees and extend child benefit and child tax credit to their parents/carers. This will mean more money for the majority of unwaged trainees and their families, which are typically low to middle income households. Currently, the parents/carers of unwaged trainees cannot claim child benefit for them and lose income tested family benefits because the training allowance is treated as income for benefit assessment purposes. Those young people who are estranged from their parents/carers, and entitled to claim benefits in their own right, will also be much better off as they will be able to claim income support in addition to their EMA. Currently, these young people lose out because the training allowance is treated as income in assessing their entitlement to income support.

There was strong support from many respondents to the Government's public consultation in 2004 to extend the same package of support to unwaged trainees as was currently available to those who stay on in full time education.

Examinations

Mr. Wills: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many A and A* grades at GCSE were achieved in schools serving the 2,000 most deprived wards in the country in each year from 1997. [16722]


 
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Jacqui Smith: The following table gives the numbers of A* and A grades in GCSEs achieved by students in schools in the 25 per cent. most deprived super output areas 1 .
A*A
200433,14680,210
200328,65476,520
200229,67574,377
200128,25372,144
200025,73067,670
199923,57365,871
199821,77861,010
199717,03652,549


(42) Deprivation classified within the English Indices of Deprivation.
Note:
These figures relate to full course GCSEs only.



Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to complete its review of coursework; and if she will make a statement. [20590]

Jacqui Smith: The 14–19 Implementation Plan will set out the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's timetable for completing the review of coursework. The implementation plan will be published later this autumn.

Foreign Languages

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase the numbers of pupils learning a foreign language at (a) primary and (b) secondary level. [19313]

Jacqui Smith: In March 2005 the Secretary of State for Education and Skills announced £115 million Boost for Modern Foreign Languages", providing support for language teaching and learning for this and the next 2 years.

For primary schools the funding will provide continuing support for initial and existing teacher training as well as training for support staff. To date we have trained 1,200 new primary teachers with a specialism in languages. Next month we will publish in hard copy and online our Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages, which sets out learning objectives for the four years of Key Stage 2. It will be supported by training, guidance and a planning tool.

The funding will support new approaches for teaching and learning for 11–18 year olds, including alternative qualifications and vocational options at Key Stage 4 which will provide more flexibility for pupils in their studies. We have expanded the list of qualifications that count towards performance table scores to include more language qualifications.

The funding will also allow language colleges to extend the role they play in supporting local primary and secondary schools in delivering language programmes. Last month the new languages recognition scheme, the Languages Ladder, became available
 
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nationally. The scheme can be used by learners of all ages and is available in eight languages. The scheme differs from existing approaches to assessment in that there are separate qualifications in each language for reading, writing, listening and speaking. To date more than 250 centres—including local authorities and Specialist Language Colleges—have registered to take part in the scheme.
 
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Free School Meals (Meriden)

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schoolchildren in Meriden are eligible for free school meals; and what the take-up has been in each year since 1997. [19883]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested is shown in the table.
Maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools(43): school meal arrangements(44)—Meriden parliamentary constituency 1997–2005—Position in January each year

Maintained nursery and primary
Number on rollNumber of pupils taking free school meals(45)Percentage of pupils taking free school meals(45)Number of pupils
known to be eligible
for free school meals
Percentage of pupils known to be eligible
for free school meals
199711,8702,19618.52,55421.5
199812,2641,96716.02,33119.0
199912,5081,81714.52,20817.7
200012,2881,68613.72,20818.0
200112,2611,55512.72,16917.7
200211,8721,48712.51,85815.7
200311,5871,35411.71,77615.3
200411,2381,31511.71,75815.6
200511,0961,24211.21,68915.2

Maintained secondary
Number on rollNumber of pupils taking free school meals(45)Percentage of pupils taking free school meals(45)Number of pupils
known to be eligible
for free school meals
Percentage of pupils known to be eligible
for free school meals
19976,71291613.61,28619.2
19986,82085712.61,28418.8
19996,96081411.71,18317.0
20007,27884311.61,28917.7
20017,41383711.31,36918.5
20027,51678610.51,21316.1
20037,62179410.41,22416.1
20047,61178610.31,27616.8
20057,44478310.51,24116.7


(43) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(44) Prior to 2003 Number on roll" includes all full-time and part-time pupils who are sole registered, excluding boarding pupils. Due to underlying changes in data collection, this coverage was extended to also include all pupils with dual (main) registration and boarding pupils from 2003.
(45) Based upon school level numbers of pupils who had a free school meal on 20 January 2005.


Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schoolchildren in Meriden receive free school meals, broken down by school. [19884]

Jacqui Smith: Information on school meals for each maintained nursery, primary and secondary school in Meriden parliamentary constituency is shown in the table.
Meriden parliamentary constituency: school meal arrangements(46)—January 2005

School nameNumber
on roll
Number of pupils taking free school mealsPercentage of pupils taking free school mealsNumber of pupils known to be eligible for free school mealsPercentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals
104041Coppice Junior School27282.9176.3
104044Dorridge Junior School38441.041.0
104045Dorridge Nursery and Infant School32092.892.8
104059Balsall Common Primary School67460.971.0
104060Marston Green Junior School276134.7186,5
104061Kingshurst Junior School2545923.28533.5
104062Kingshurst Infant School2524718.76023.8
104064Hockley Heath Primary School225(47)(47)(47)(47)
104065Tidbury Green School34361.7102.9
104066Castle Bromwich Junior School4745211.06413.5
104067Castle Bromwich Infant School426399.25112.0
104068Bennetts Well Junior and Infant School2116028.47636.0
104069Alcott Hall Junior and Infant School2437330.010643.6
104070Coleshill Heath School4159422.712730.6
104071Windy Arbor Junior and Infant School2935819.89231.4
104073Marston Green Infant School307123.9154.9
104074Cheswick Green Primary School20962.973.3
104077Yorkswood Primary School33310030.013640.8
104083Bosworth Wood Primary School3938421.412932.8
104087Meriden Church of England Primary School20852.452.4
104088Bentley Heath Church of England Primary School44181.892.0
104093Berkswell Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School22141.852.3
104094George Fentham Endowed School205178.3199.3
104095Lady Katherine Leveson Church of England School18042.252.8
104096St. Patrick's CofE Junior and Infant School30172.382.7
104097St. Mary and St. Margarets Church of England Aided Primary School248218.5228.9
104101St. George and St. Teresa Catholic Primary School218(47)(47)(47)(47)
104103St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School2324318.55322.8
104104St. Anne's Catholic Primary School3554211.84713.2
104105Bishop Wilson Church of England Primary School4249923.313331.4
104106St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School2093114.84220.1
104107St. John The Baptist Catholic Primary School2064923.85627.2
104111Arden School1,22180.7131.1
104115Heart of England School1,243332.7373.0
104116Park Hall School1,50715910.623715.7
104117Whitesmore School1,11522019.730627.4
104118Smith's Wood School1,12419817.638534.3
104120The Archbishop Grimshaw Catholic School1,23416513.426321.3
104121Hatchford Community Primary School45210122.314832.7
131292Knowle Church of England Primary School46261.381.7
131502Kingfisher Primary School2816924.611039.1
133720Dickens Heath Community Primary School14932.032.0


(46) Including dually registered pupils and boarding pupils.
(47) Less than three pupils.
Source:
Annual Schools Census





 
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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schoolchildren in Meriden whose families are in receipt of child tax credit are eligible for free school meals. [19885]

Jacqui Smith: The information is not collected centrally.

Free school lunch eligibility covers children whose parents receive:


 
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Children receiving IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to a free school lunch.


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