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Pupil Absences

Mike Wood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in reaching an agreement with travel companies on reducing the cost to families of holidays during school holiday periods to cut pupil absences in term-time; and if she will make a statement. [19657]

Jacqui Smith: The Government are joining forces with the travel industry in a new campaign to encourage parents to book holidays during school holiday periods. Launching in November the Every Lesson Counts"
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campaign will see the travel industry offer discounts and other incentives, such as free child places, to families making early bookings for the school holiday periods. Early booking holiday deals will be promoted through a dedicated Every Lesson Counts" website which will provide a link to ABTA, Federation of Tour Operators and Visit Britain/Enjoy England sites where their members will be able to provide details of their offers for breaks—both in England and overseas—for the winter season and summer 2006.

We recognise that supply and demand can lead to price differences in periods of peak demand. This is why we have struck this innovative partnership with the travel industry to remind parents that by booking early, families will have more choice, more opportunity to book affordable holidays and more reason to keep their children in school.


Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school places will be created as a consequence of the allocations of the Targeted Capital Fund announced on 12 October 2005; and how many of these will (a) meet existing demand and (b) create additional capacity for parental choice. [19394]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 18 October 2005]: Information is not available in the form requested. Capital support for new pupil places is largely allocated to local authorities by formula through the Single Capital Pot. Allocations up to 2007–08 were announced last November, together with other formulaic
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allocations, relating to modernisation need and the schools access initiative, waves 2 and 3 of Building Schools for the Future, and Targeted Capital projects for 2005–06. Local authorities decide how their formulaic allocations should be joined-up and invested locally, taking account of the priorities identified in their asset management plans.

The Targeted Capital Fund, for which successful projects for 2006–07 and 2007–08 were announced on 12 October, is primarily a competitive bidding round for standards and buildings related projects. However, it does have other elements to it. One of these is a mechanism which allows authorities to apply for additional top-up funding for new pupil places where they can demonstrate that they face exceptional circumstances and that their overall resources are insufficient to meet their needs.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2005, Official Report, column 1072W when each school went into special measures; and whether she intends to make use of her powers under the Education Act 2005 to intervene in the running of each school. [21691]

Jacqui Smith: The date when each school went into special measures is set out in the following table. The Secretary of State considers the use of her intervention powers in the light of the circumstances of each school. A number of the schools have been subject to radical action following LA proposals approved by the Secretary of State. The schools White Paper will look at options for turning round these schools more quickly.
Schools in special measures for more than one year—October 2005

URNSchoolLocal authorityPhaseDate into special
101240The Warren ComprehensiveBarking and DagenhamSec13 May 2004
101267Clitterhouse Junior SchoolBarnetPrim03 February 2004
101285Hollickwood Primary SchoolBarnetPrim20 July 2004
101360St Mary's CE High SchoolBarnetSec22 October 2003
101365Bishop Douglass School FinchleyBarnetSec13 November 2003
106583Sandhill Primary SchoolBarnsleyPrim08 June 2004
106647Elmhirst School, TheBarnsleySec21 April 2004
109747Oak Bank SchoolBedfordshireSpec24 September 2004
103260Oldknow Junior SchoolBirminghamPrim08 June 2004
103365Highters Heath Primary SchoolBirminghamPrim16 June 2004
119754Darwen Moorland High SchoolBlackburnSec20 November 2003
133291Boundary Community Primary SchoolBlackpoolPrim07 November 2002
107228Usher Street Primary School and NurseryBradfordPrim10 July 2003
107312Windhill CE Primary SchoolBradfordPrim11 February 2004
107364Rhodesway SchoolBradfordSec18 December 2002
132219Immanuel C of E Community CollegeBradfordSec21 January 2004
107363Wyke Manor SchoolBradfordSec10 May 2004
107468Wedgwood School and Community NurseryBradfordSpec12 October 2004
101536St Andrew and St Francis C of E Primary SchoolBrentPrim21 April 2004
109275Portway Community SchoolBristolSec14 November 2004
109276Hengrove SchoolBristolSec14 November 2003
107532Mount Pellon Junior and Infant SchoolCalderdalePrim21 April 2004
111800St Ives Junior SchoolCornwallPrim15 February 2003
112006St Meriadoc C of E Junior SchoolCornwallPrim21 April 2004
111922Robartes Junior SchoolCornwallPrim24 June 2004
101782Tollgate Primary SchoolCroydonPrim14 January 2004
101746Winterbourne Nursery and Infants' SchoolCroydonPrim30 July 2004
112241Morton Park Primary SchoolCumbriaPrim12 November 2003
112387Wyndham SchoolCumbriaSec02 March 2004
112723Moorhead Primary SchoolDerbyPrim08 October 2003
112988Merrill CollegeDerbySec25 September 2003
132133Derby City PRUDerbyPRU30 July 2004
113130East-the-Water Community Primary SchoolDevonPrim25 September 2003
106669Adwick Park Junior SchoolDoncasterPrim28 January 2004
106783Northcliffe SchoolDoncasterSec27 November 2003
113715Portland Tophill Junior SchoolDorsetPrim30 July 2004
103880The Old Park SchoolDudleySpec26 April 2004
117976Flamborough Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary SchoolEast RidingPrim14 January 2004
133679Rawcliffe Pupil Referral UnitEast RidingPRU11 February 2004
114589Seaford Head Community CollegeEast SussexSec29 January 2004
115066Holy Trinity C of E VC Primary SchoolEssexPrim19 December 2002
115036Templars Infant and Nursery SchoolEssexPrim04 November 2003
114811Vange Primary School and NurseryEssexPrim12 November 2003
114729Langenhoe Community Primary SchoolEssexPrim27 November 2003
115275Ashingdon SchoolEssexPrim04 March 2004
115214St Peter's High School and Technology CollegeEssexSec03 October 2003
115475Lexden Springs SchoolEssexSpec20 July 2004
115819Sandford SchoolGloucestershireSpec12 February 2004
100181Bishop John Robinson CE Primary SchoolGreenwichPrim22 September 2004
100263Holy Trinity CE Primary SchoolHackneyPrim30 September 2004
132825Halton High SchoolHaltonSec12 July 2004
100361Hurlingham and Chelsea Secondary SchoolHammersmith and FulhamSec04 March 2004
100362Burlington Danes C of E SchoolHammersmith and FulhamSec25 May 2004
116449Oak Farm Community SchoolHampshireSec04 March 2004
132252Downhills Primary SchoolHaringeyPrim02 December 2002
102188Little Stanmore Nursery, First and Middle SchoolHarrowPrim22 July 2004
111599Owton Manor Primary SchoolHartlepoolPrim21 June 2004
102347King's Wood SchoolHaveringSec30 April 2004
116952Weobley High SchoolHerefordshireSec08 June 2004
117533Collenswood SchoolHertfordshireSec26 November 2005
102449Abbotsfield School for BoysHillingdonSec07 January 2003
118264Lawn Primary SchoolKentPrim03 April 2000
118534Bromstone Primary School, BroadstairsKentPrim20 November 2003
118355Homewood Infant SchoolKentPrim07 July 2004
118383George Spurgen Community Primary SchoolKentPrim12 July 2004
118260Whitehill Junior SchoolKentPrim22 July 2004
133663St Mary of Charity CE (Aided) Primary SchoolKentPrim22 July 2004
118889Minster CollegeKentSec05 December 2003
133422Endeavour High SchoolKingston Upon HullSec26 March 2004
107626Birkby Junior SchoolKirkleesPrim26 March 2003
107620Rawthorpe Junior SchoolKirkleesPrim29 April 2004
107756Rawthorpe High SchoolKirkleesSec28 March 2003
133673ETHOS Primary Pupil Referral UnitKirkleesPRU10 June 2004
119710Skerton Community High SchoolLancashireSec13 November 2003
108070Intake High School Arts CollegeLeedsSec29 April 2004
119998Queensmead Junior SchoolLeicester CityPrim12 November 2002
131945New College LeicesterLeicester CitySec09 December 2003
120566St Peter and St Paul Church of England Primary School, Burgh-Le-Marsh, TheLincolnshirePrim24 June 2003
120502Sutton Bridge Westmere Community Primary SchoolLincolnshirePrim24 February 2004
120550The Pinchbeck East Church of England Primary SchoolLincolnshirePrim30 July 2004
109707Ashcroft High SchoolLutonSec19 November 2003
109685Putteridge High SchoolLutonSec04 March 2004
105614Meade Hill SchoolManchesterSpec10 March 2004
118556Warren Wood Community Primary School and Language UnitMedwayPrim11 February 2004
132166Mitcham Vale High SchoolMertonSec02 July 2004
110532The Radcliffe SchoolMilton KeynesSec20 November 2003
121140Gillingham, St Michael's C of E Voluntary Aided First SchoolNorfolkPrim11 May 2004
133432Silverdale SchoolNorth TynesideSpec06 March 2003
122074Duston Upper SchoolNorthamptonshireSec18 September 2003
122154The Orchard SchoolNorthamptonshireSpec10 March 2004
133267Sherwood Hall School and Sixth Form CollegeNottinghamshireSec21 March 2003
122848The Gedling SchoolNottinghamshireSec13 November 2003
105717East Crompton St George's C of E SchoolOldhamPrim21 April 2004
105755Hardman Fold Community Special SchoolOldhamSpec28 April 2004
123346Northfield SchoolOxfordshireSpec26 April 2004
113277Knowle Primary SchoolPlymouthPrim19 November 2003
133940Redbridge Junior SchoolRedbridgePrim16 August 2004
102859Hainault Forest High SchoolRedbridgeSec21 November 2003
105788Moorhouse Primary SchoolRochdalePrim12 February 2004
105784Bullough Moor Primary SchoolRochdalePrim25 February 2004
106951Wingfield Comprehensive SchoolRotherhamSec30 March 2004
133351Harrop Fold SchoolSalfordSec24 June 2003
105977Moorside High SchoolSalfordSec23 March 2004
132090The Albion High SchoolSalfordSec20 September 2004
106011Irwell Park High SchoolSalfordSpec30 April 2003
103984Rood End Primary SchoolSandwellPrim02 October 2003
103978Langley Primary SchoolSandwellPrim05 November 2003
107014Shirecliffe Junior SchoolSheffieldPrim08 October 2003
110077Langleywood SchoolSloughSec06 November 2003
123687Middlezoy Primary SchoolSomersetPrim22 July 2004
109045Severn Beach Primary SchoolSouth GloucestershirePrim25 November 2003
115346Thorpe Bay SchoolSouthendSec10 June 1999
115234Prittlewell Technology CollegeSouthendSec16 June 2004
100809Robert Browning Primary SchoolSouthwarkPrim27 February 2003
100788Galleywall Primary SchoolSouthwarkPrim04 March 2003
100782Cobourg Primary SchoolSouthwarkPrim08 June 2004
104828Newton-le-Willows Community High SchoolSt HelensSec15 January 2004
124176Amington Heath Community SchoolStaffordshirePrim15 October 2003
124215Springhill Primary SchoolStaffordshirePrim12 February 2004
124409Nether Stowe High SchoolStaffordshireSec17 February 2004
124854Kirkley Middle (Sec) SchoolSuffolkMiddle24 June 2003
125063Watchetts Junior SchoolSurreyPrim02 December 2003
125161Potters Gate C of E Primary SchoolSurreyPrim24 June 2004
125266Bishop David Brown School, TheSurreySec25 November 2003
126242Seven Fields Primary SchoolSwindonPrim26 February 2004
106235Micklehurst All Saints C of E Primary SchoolTamesidePrim02 April 2003
106370Stretford High School Community Language CollegeTraffordSec22 January 2004
103040Church Mead Junior SchoolWaltham ForestPrim01 October 2004
111433Woolston Community High SchoolWarringtonSec12 March 2004
133572Horizon CentreWarringtonPRU24 February 2004
125706St Francis Catholic Primary SchoolWarwickshirePrim29 July 2004
125768Queen Elizabeth SchoolWarwickshireSec05 February 2004
125766Hartshill SchoolWarwickshireSec21 April 2004
106548Two Porches SchoolWiganSpec07 June 2004
126399Corsley CE Primary SchoolWiltshirePrim05 July 2004
116776Leigh and Bransford Primary SchoolWorcestershirePrim06 August 2004
116928North Bromsgrove High SchoolWorcestershireSec04 February 2003
131491Redgrove SchoolWorcestershireSpec16 June 2004
130993Kidderminster PRUWorcestershirePRU29 July 2004
116958Bromsgrove, Catshill Middle (Sec) SchoolWorcestershireMiddle22 October 2003

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Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) knives, (b) guns and (c) other weapons were confiscated from schools in England in each of the last 10 years. [20808]

Jacqui Smith: My Department does not collect the number or nature of confiscated items taken from school pupils. The Violent Crime Reduction Bill proposes to give head teachers a power to search for weapons, and we will add to existing guidance on how police, schools and other local agencies can work together, to keep offensive weapons out of our schools.

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations of the School Meals Review Panel. [19472]

Jacqui Smith: The recommendations of the School Meals Review Panel are made in their report—Turning the Tables: Transforming School Food.

A public consultation on the Panel's recommendations to improve the nutritional standards of school meals was launched on 3 October 2005. The consultation period runs until 31 December 2005 and responses to the recommendations will be considered after this date.

The final version of the standards will begin to come into force from September 2006.

Alongside the publication of the report, the Government launched a national audit of school food provision in order to assess the progress that is already being made by local authorities and schools. The national audit, which began on 17 October, will cover issues such as how much is being spent on school meals ingredients, how they are provided, whether children get hot or cold meals and the percentage of pupils currently buying school meals.

The Government are also investing £220 million over three years to help schools and local education authorities transform school meals through training and increased hours for cooks, equipment and a minimum spend on ingredients.
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Some £30 million for this year has already been allocated to local authorities—with a further £100 million over the following two years. £30 million was granted direct to schools as part of their Standards Fund allocations, with a further £60 million over the following two years.

New or upgraded school kitchen facilities, where fresh produce can be prepared and served, will be made a priority as Government rebuilds and refurbishes every secondary school through its Building Schools for the Future programme. £5.5 billion is being spent in 2005–06 rising to £6.3 billion in 2007–08 to improve school buildings. An extra £650 million capital for primary schools were announced in the last Spending Review for 2008–09 and 2009–10.

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