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Class Sizes

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the percentage of classes in key stage 1 over the statutory maximum class size of 30; what the percentage was in academic year 2004–05; and if she will make a statement. [16937]

Jacqui Smith: In January 2005, 1.2 per cent. of all key stage 1 classes had more than 30 pupils in them. In January 1997 the comparable figure was 29.0 per cent. and in January 2001 it was 2.3 per cent.

The majority of key stage 1 classes over 30 have exceeded the statutory limit to accommodate permitted exceptions, such as children who move into an area after the start of term who would have a long journey to the next school with places available. However, my officials are contacting local authorities to discuss those classes which are illegally large, to ensure that the required measures are taken to reduce them.

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size for each primary school in Romford was in each of the past 10 years. [20796]

Jacqui Smith: The available information relating to the average for all primary school classes is shown in the table. Parliamentary constituency data are not available prior to 1997.
Maintained primary schools: Average class size taught by one teacher(3)—position as at January each year: 1997 to 2005—Romford parliamentary constituency

LEAEstab.School name1997199819992000
Romford parliamentary constituency27.727.627.827.6
3112007Ardleigh Green Infant School28.829.029.629.6
3112006Ardleigh Green Junior School28.
3112038Clockhouse Infant School26.928.429.330.1
3112037Clockhouse Junior School28.727.928.227.7
3112040Crowlands Infant School26.127.426.826.4
3112039Crowlands Junior School24.
3112042Crownfield Infant School27.124.926.326.4
3112041Crownfield Junior School27.430.124.828.0
3113000Dame Tipping Church of England Primary Schooln/an/an/an/a
3112069Gidea Park Primary School28.828.027.628.5
3112045Gobions Primary School28.530.427.025.8
3112005Harold Wood Primary School27.
3112063The Manor Primary School26.428.127.027.3
3112052Mawney Infants' School26.825.6n/an/a
3112051Mawney Junior School25.126.0n/an/a
3112092The Mawney Schooln/an/a28.327.6
3112086Nelmes Primary School23.323.327.723.6
3112056Parklands Infant School28.728.329.330.7
3112055Parklands Junior School27.428.228.929.4
3112091Pinewood Primary School26.924.126.924.8
3112060Rise Park Infant School30.830.330.230.2
3112059Rise Park Junior School33.124.025.325.7
3112062Squirrels Heath Infant School27.427.828.129.9
3112061Squirrels Heath Junior School28.828.728.525.6
3113301St. Edward's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School29.629.227.928.1
3113503St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School28.028.528.528.6
3113507St. Peter's Catholic Primary School30.

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LEAEstab.School name20012002200320042005
Romford Parliamentary Constituency27.427.226.928.026.5
3112007Ardleigh Green Infant School29.029.829.729.729.9
3112006Ardleigh Green Junior School30.129.929.929.429.7
3112038Clockhouse Infant School30.831.129.430.929.2
3112037Clockhouse Junior School28.325.930.029.529.1
3112040Crowlands Infant School26.527.928.128.827.9
3112039Crowlands Junior School25.921.824.329.122.6
3112042Crownfield Infant School25.625.126.228.626.1
3112041Crownfield Junior School29.028.029.325.324.9
3113000Dame Tipping Church of England Primary Schooln/a25.326.025.326.5
3112069Gidea Park Primary School29.022.821.028.420.7
3112045Gobions Primary School20.68.7n/an/an/a
3112005Harold Wood Primary School26.7n/an/an/an/a
3112063The Manor Primary School22.826.927.527.025.4
3112052Mawney Infants' Schooln/an/an/an/an/a
3112051Mawney Junior Schooln/an/an/an/an/a
3112092The Mawney School24.125.521.427.624.2
3112086Nelmes Primary School24.526.123.025.424.5
3112056Parklands Infant School29.529.829.829.729.4
3112055Parklands Junior School29.329.629.630.329.8
3112091Pinewood Primary School25.730.025.623.426.1
3112060Rise Park Infant School29.729.729.729.827.8
3112059Rise Park Junior School28.423.324.331.924.8
3112062Squirrels Heath Infant School29.027.727.027.125.4
3112061Squirrels Heath Junior School25.827.927.527.125.2
3113301St. Edward's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School29.229.026.827.127.3
3113503St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School28.928.428.527.727.6
3113507St. Peter's Catholic Primary School29.128.729.128.728.3

n/a = not applicable.
(3) Classes as taught during a single selected period in each school on the day of the census in January.
Annual Schools' Census.


Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to encourage the playing of cricket in state schools. [21061]

Jacqui Smith: The Government are committed to increasing the amount of physical education and sport in schools. This includes competitive team games such as cricket.

Cricket may be taught to pupils in schools as part of the programme of study for games activities within National Curriculum PE. Games activities must be taught to all pupils in key stages 1–3 (age 5–14) and are optional at key stage 4 (age 14–16).
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We have made cricket one of 22 key sports within the School Club Links workstrand of our National Strategy for PE and School Sport. This workstrand seeks to enhance existing, and create new, links between schools and sports clubs, and to increase the number of school children being guided into National Governing Body affiliated sports clubs.

The 2004/05 PE and School Sport Survey of schools in School Sport Partnerships found that cricket was the second most popular sport (behind football) for which schools had formal links with sports clubs, with 46 per cent. of schools having links with a local cricket club. The survey also found that 85 per cent. of schools provided cricket for their pupils, either in lesson time or after school. This was the sixth most popular sport provided in schools. Copies of the results of the survey have been placed in the House Libraries.
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Educational Attainment

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what initiatives her Department has launched to raise attainment in deprived areas; what the cost has been of such initiatives; and what evaluation she has made of their effectiveness. [19199]

Jacqui Smith: The Government's principal initiatives to raise attainment in deprived areas have been Excellence in Cities (EiC), Education Action Zones (EAZ), the Leadership Incentive Grant (LIG) and the London Challenge (LC). These initiatives provide additional funding for schools serving deprived communities. The total costs are provided in table 1.
Table 1: Cost of programmes
£ million


Table 2 indicates the effectiveness of each programme in terms of increases in the percentage of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs at grade C and above. The year by year increases in schools in receipt of the various initiatives has always been above the national average trend. More formal evaluation of the initiatives is in progress, and will be published in due course.
Table 2: Percentage of pupils gaining 5+ GCSEs/GNVQs at grades A*-C, by initiative


(4) Schools in EiC partnerships.
(5) All London secondary schools.
(6) All maintained schools.

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