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Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who the owner of (a) assets created by and (b) land associated with a Local Education Partnership under the Building Schools for the Future programme will be (i) during and (ii) after the term of the private finance initiative. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 28 November 2005]: Local Education Partnerships are joint ventures, usually between local authorities, Partnerships for Schools and a private sector partner, which will deliver Building Schools for the Future (BSF) investment, using both conventional and private finance initiative (PFI) funding. They will not at any time own or control the assets of any school.
Where a school is in a PFI contract, including in BSF, ownership of the land and buildings of the school is vested in the private sector partner for the life of the contract by way of an operating licence or lease. After that time, ownership of these assets reverts to the local authority, or in the case of a voluntary aided, trust or foundation school, to the voluntary aided body, the trust or the governing body as is appropriate. These bodies own the freehold of the land throughout the contract.
Dan Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of different approaches to tackling bullying in schools; and if she will make a statement; 
Jacqui Smith: Our guidance to schools on tackling bullying Don't Suffer in Silence" has been externally evaluated by researchers at Goldsmith's college, University of London. The results, though based on a fairly low response rate from schools, show that the schools found that the pack met their expectations and helped in drawing up their anti-bullying policies.
This evaluation included research into the perceived success of the anti-bullying strategies and interventions recommended in the guidance. Schools generally reported a high level of satisfaction with the interventions they had used. I have placed a copy of the research brief for this project in the Library.
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The key feature of the 'No Blame' approach, is that it adopts an explicit stance of discouraging punishment as a response to bullying. The Department does not support this stance and neither does the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Our guidance is clear that support and mediation strategies to change behaviour can, and should, be used in tandem with sanctions where appropriate. We are reviewing the guidance to make this even more explicit.
Improving school education by tailoring the offer to the needs of each pupil, allowing schools greater freedom to specialise in what they do best and increasing choice for all parents and pupils so that they have access to the best schools, as set out in the Schools White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools For All";
Implementing the Skills Strategy to ensure that employers, employees and low skilled individuals have access to the training they need alongside reform of the FE sector to ensure it is placed to deliver these changes;
Implementing the new HE student support arrangements and ensuring that young people fully understand them so that participation in HE increases, particularly among those from disadvantaged backgrounds;
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many personnel were employed in her Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) civil servants, (b) contractors and (c) other staff. 
Maria Eagle: I refer the hon. Member to table c of civil service statistics 2004, which shows permanent FTE staff numbers between 1998 and 2004 for each Department and agency. Civil service statistics 2004 are available in the Library and on the Cabinet Office statistics website at:
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her answer of 1 November 2005, Official Report, column 997W, on departmental staff, how much her Department has paid the tutor in basic skills to date. 
Bill Rammell: My Department has made no payment to the basic skills tutor as adult basic skills tuition is delivered at no charge to learners who are eligible for funding from the Learning and Skills Council.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with (a) examination boards and (b) awarding bodies in respect of (i) examinations, (ii) marking and (iii) grading for 2006; and if she will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: Ministers in the Department have had no discussion with awarding bodies in respect of examinations, marking and grading for 2006. Awarding bodies are independent of Government. It is the role of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the other regulatory authorities to regulate awarding bodies and to discuss with them issues around standards and delivery of public examinations.
Number on roll
Number of pupils taking free school meals(74)
Percentage of pupils taking free school meals(74)
|Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals||Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals|
|122967||931||1005||Bartlemas Nursery School||75||11||14.7||11||14.7|
|122968||931||1006||Headington Nursery School||71||3||4.2||4||5.6|
|122969||931||1010||Grandpont Nursery School||69||(75)||(75)||(75)||(75)|
|122970||931||1011||Slade Nursery School||55||7||12.7||n/a||n/a|
|123021||931||2352||St. Nicholas Primary School||279||25||9.0||36||12.9|
|123027||931||2401||Sandhills Community Primary School||190||8||4.2||15||7.9|
|123044||931||2521||Bayards Hill Primary School||351||78||22.2||161||45.9|
|123046||931||2525||East Oxford Primary School||291||86||29.6||110||37.8|
|123047||931||2527||The Windmill Primary School||386||24||6.2||34||8.8|
|123048||931||2529||New Marston Primary School||235||20||8.5||59||25.1|
|123049||931||2531||Rose Hill Primary School||329||69||21.0||130||39.5|
|123052||931||2539||Orchard Meadow Primary School||328||100||30.5||157||47.9|
|123053||931||2543||Larkrise Primary School||293||42||14.3||66||22.5|
|123074||931||2589||Wood Farm Primary School||235||32||13.6||83||35.3|
|123088||931||2606||Windale Community Primary School||317||66||20.8||120||37.9|
|132752||931||2612||The John Henry Newman CE (A) Primary School||356||49||13.8||81||22.8|
|123139||931||3210||Church Cowley St. James Church of England Primary School||467||36||7.7||71||15.2|
|123140||931||3211||St. Andrew's Church of England Primary School||297||38||12.8||54||18.2|
|123142||931||3213||New Hinksey Church of England Primary School||91||20||22.0||22||24.2|
|123143||931||3216||St. Michael's Church of England Primary School||205||14||6.8||43||21.0|
|123171||931||3252||St Christopher's Church of England School, Cowley||323||76||23.5||88||27.2|
|123172||931||3253||St. Francis Church of England Primary School||295||43||14.6||70||23.7|
|123212||931||3833||St. Ebbe's Church of England Aided First School||270||11||4.1||34||12.6|
|123213||931||3834||SS Mary and John Church of England Primary School||329||15||4.6||35||10.6|
|123215||931||3836||Our Lady's Catholic Primary School||308||13||4.2||32||10.4|
|123216||931||3838||St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Oxford||306||9||2.9||9||2.9|
|123217||931||3839||St. John Fisher Catholic Primary School, Littlemore||207||34||16.4||48||23.2|
|123252||931||4117||Oxford Community School||1,112||155||13.9||320||28.8|
|133644||931||4145||St. Gregory the Great VA Catholic Secondary School||950||105||11.1||185||19.5|
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