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Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) capital and (b) revenue investment in schools which have received private sector investment in the last five years is accounted for by private sector investment of each type. 
Jacqui Smith: The proportion of (a) capital and (b) revenue investment, in schools which have received private sector investment in the last five years, which is accounted for by private sector investment of each type, is set out as follows.
Except as noted, virtually all capital investment in schools over the period 200001 to 200506 is estimated to be publicly funded. While no records are kept centrally on local initiatives to generate private sector funding, these are believed to be small scale. Regarding the Academy programme, where the first school opened in 2002, private sector sponsors contribute up to around £2 million towards an average cost of £25 million. Sponsors of Voluntary Aided Schools contribute 10 per cent. towards capital costs.
The proportion of revenue funding from private sources to all maintained schools and academies for the period 200001 to 200506 has been relatively constant. Accordingly, although data collection in its current form only commenced in 200203, and figures have yet to be compiled for the current year, it is most likely that private funding will be less than 3 per cent. throughout this period. This is made up of income provided to the schools from foundation, diocese or other trust funds, business sponsorship, fund-raising activities, and voluntary contributions from parents.
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to encourage school nurses to develop their work in (a) the classroom and (b) health promotion. 
The recently published Schools White Paper recognises the value of school nursing and notes that school nurses can play a critical role in supporting schools to promote good health. School nurses are already active partners in helping schools achieve Healthy School status. We have recently produced a new guide for schools detailing the criteria for Healthy School status. The guide recognises the importance of schools involving professionals from appropriate external agencies such as school nurses to support and improve personal, social and health education (PHSE)
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delivery. DfES is also supporting with Department of Health, the PSHE certificate for both teachers and school and community nurses.
In addition, officials from my Department have been working closely with the Department of Health on work to increase the capacity of school nurses both in terms of numbers and the development of their child-centred public health role in line with the Choosing Health commitments. We intend to publish two documents arising from this work:
Looking for a School Nurse?"modelled on an earlier document published by the DfES (on school bursars). This guide is aimed at head-teachers, setting out both the advantages, and some of the practical considerations, that head-teachers would need to be aware of in terms of having a school nurse either on-site or assigned to a school or cluster of schools; and
An update of the School Nurse Development Pack" (first published by DH in 2001) to outline the principles of a modern role and to enable school nurses to expand their knowledge, skills and competencies.
Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2005, Official Report, column 1197W, on school sport, how many secondary schools have disposed of a sports pitch in the last five years. 
Jacqui Smith: The number of approved applications to dispose of an area of school playing field capable of forming at least a small sports pitch in England in each of the last five years is as follows:
The numbers of above applications that involve the loss of an area of land capable of forming at least a small sports pitch at a secondary school or special school in England in each of the last five years is as follows:
Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils gained an A-Level in (a) chemistry, (b) physics and (c) mathematics or further mathematics in each year since 1990. 
James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether children with special educational needs have a statutory right to express a preference for a place at an academy over a school maintained by a local authority. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 29 November 2005]: Parents have a right to make representations to the local authority (LA) for an academy (an independent school) to be named in their child's statement of special educational needs. When this happens and the LA proposes to name the academy, under the terms of the academy's funding agreement it must consent to being named except
Jacqui Smith: Specialist schools are bound by the School Admissions Code of Practice. Under legislation there is provision for schools with a specialism to select up to 10 per cent. of students by aptitude in the relevant subjects. Modern foreign languages, performing or visual arts (including music), physical education, design and technology and information technology are prescribed subjects for this purpose. The Government informed the Education Select Committee in November 2004 that regulations would be amended to prohibit new selection in design and technology and information technology while allowing schools already using such selection to continue to do so. A consultation on these proposed regulations closed on 18 October.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of specialist schools she estimates will adopt trust status under the proposals in the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All. 
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools are specialist schools; and how many she estimates will become specialist by the beginning of the academic year 200607. 
Jacqui Smith: There are currently 2,380 designated specialist schools out of 3,385 maintained secondary schools in England. By September 2006 we expect over 80 per cent. of maintained secondary schools in England to have a specialist designation subject to applicant schools meeting the required standards of the Specialist Schools Programme.
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