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Physical Education (West Lancashire)

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average number of hours per week of physical education undertaken in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in West Lancashire was in 2004–05. [45011]

Jacqui Smith: Data from the annual PE, School Sport and Club Links survey are not collected in the format requested. The 2004/05 survey found that overall, 69 per cent. of 5 to 16-year-olds in partnership schools were spending at least two hours in a typical week on high quality PE and school sport within and beyond the curriculum. This figure is 64 per cent. for primary schools and 75 per cent. for secondary schools. The survey collects data from schools within school sport partnerships. By September 2006, all maintained schools will be within a partnership.

The results from school sport partnerships in Lancashire established at the time of the survey are as follows:




Partnership name
Percentage of pupils who participated in at least two hours of high quality PE and out of hours school sport in a typical week
Tulketh57
Brownedge St. Mary's47
Fearns Community53
Heysham70
Our Lady's Lancashire58
Worden51

The overall average for Lancashire was 56 per cent.

Literacy/Numeracy

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of primary school pupils left primary school without attaining the target levels of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy in each year since 1996–97, broken down by local education authority; and if she will make a statement. [41451]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

Standards of literacy and numeracy in our primary schools, as measured by the national curriculum tests, have never been higher. In 2005 79 per cent. of 11-year-olds achieved the target level 4 of the national curriculum in English and 75 per cent. did so in mathematics. In 1997 over a third of 11-year-olds left
 
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primary school without attaining the target level 4. The National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies introduced by the Government in 1998 and 1999 have contributed significantly to this dramatic rise in standards.

The Government are committed to improving primary teaching further and we are implementing the findings from the 2005 Rose Review of Reading and renewing both the literacy and numeracy teaching strategies over the next year to support this.

Our recent White Paper—Higher Standards, Better Schools for All—set out our determination to ensure every child masters the basics of literacy and numeracy. There will be an extra investment of £565 million by 2007/08 to support personalisation in primary and secondary schools, focusing particularly on helping children who have fallen behind in English and mathematics. A further £60 million will be available in each of the next two years to provide effective one-to-one and small group tuition for the lowest attaining pupils.

Protection of Children Act

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many individuals are on the Protection of Children Act list. [44896]

Ruth Kelly: There are currently 1,285 people on the Protection of Children Act List. This includes the names of individuals who were transferred from the Consultancy Service Index, which was maintained by the Department of Health prior to the introduction of the Protection of Children Act.

Pupil Exclusions

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupil exclusions there have been in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Westmorland and Lonsdale since 1997. [43378]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 19 January 2006]: The requested information is given in the table.
Maintained primary and secondary schools: number of permanent exclusions 1996/97 to 2003/04, Westmorland and Lonsdale parliamentary constituency

Primary
Secondary
NumberPercentage(17)NumberPercentage(17)
1996/9700.00180.35
1997/9800.00170.32
1998/99(18)(18)90.17
1999/200000.0070.13
2000/01(19)00.00(18)(18)
2001/02(19)00.0050.09
2002/03(19)(18)(18)30.05
2003/04(19)00.0040.07


(17) The number of exclusions expressed as a percentage of the total number of pupils on the school roll in January of the same school year. Excludes dually registered pupils.
(18) 1 or 2 exclusions, or a rate based on 1 or 2 exclusions.
(19) There are known quality issues with exclusions data for these years. Figures shown here are as reported by schools but are unconfirmed and should be used with caution.
Source:
Annual Schools Census





 
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Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupil exclusions there have been in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Milton Keynes in each year since 1997. [45429]

Jacqui Smith: The requested information is given in the table.
Maintained primary and secondary schools(20): number of permanent exclusions 1997/98 to 2003/04 Milton Keynes local authority area

Permanent exclusions
Primary
Secondary
NumberPercentage(21)NumberPercentage(21)
1997/9840.02390.34
1998/99120.05140.12
1999/2000190.09150.13
2000/01(22)90.04100.08
2001/02(22)200.09250.20
2002/03(22)170.08260.21
2003/04(22)170.07200.16


(20) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(21) The number of permanent exclusions expressed as a percentage of the number (headcount) of pupils, excluding dually registered pupils.
(22) Figures are as confirmed by local authorities via the data checking exercise.
Source:
Annual Schools Census




School Buildings (Hereford)

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been awarded to Herefordshire council to provide for new school buildings at each school in Hereford constituency since 1997; and what the sum awarded was in each case. [44615]

Jacqui Smith: Capital funding is allocated by the Department to local authorities and direct to schools. Funding allocated to each authority, together with other local resources that may be available, is prioritised to each school in accordance with local authorities' asset management plans, and the Department does not keep central records of this expenditure. Funding allocated by the Department to Herefordshire local authority and schools in its area since 1996–97 is set out in the following table.
£ million
Funding allocated to Herefordshire local authority
1996–976.0
1997–986.6
1998–994.1
1999–20005.4
2000–018.5
2001–025.9
2002–038.4
2003–0427.6
2004–058.4
2005–068.7









 
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The allocation of £27.6 million in 2003–04 includes a PFI amount of £19.5 million.

School Funding (Hammersmith and Fulham)

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of whether the funding increase for schools in Hammersmith and Fulham will ensure that all the schools will be able to fulfil the planning, preparation and assessment initiative. [45255]

Jacqui Smith: All 55 schools in Hammersmith and Fulham have successfully implemented planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time for teachers, and all have been validated by the Local Authority/National Remodelling Team.

In terms of funding, Hammersmith and Fulham will receive an increase of 6.9 per cent. per pupil in its Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) allocation for 2006–07, slightly above the national average. Within that figure there is an indicative allocation of £187,000 for implementing the final stage of PPA: the local authority should decide, after consultation with its Schools Forum how much additional funding it should allocate in 2006–07 for PPA.


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