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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of children scored (a) scale score six or more and (b) scale score eight or more in all assessments in the Foundation Stage profile; 
(2) how many and what proportion of children scored (a) scale score six or more and (b) scale score eight or more in (i) mathematical development, (ii) communication, language and literacy and (iii) the mathematical development and communication language and literacy assessments combined in the Foundation Stage Profile. 
Beverley Hughes: My Department will be releasing final statistics for the Foundation Stage Profile (FSP) 2005 in a Statistical First Release on 16 February 2006. These figures will be available on my Department's website http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/index.shtml.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is her policy that the child centred approach to learning as set out in the Foundation Stage should be applied to the reception year of primary school. 
Jacqui Smith: The Foundation Stage is already applied to the reception year of primary schools. The Foundation Stage is a distinct phase of education focusing on the needs of children aged three to the end of the reception year of primary school, when some children will be almost five and others almost six.
Jacqui Smith: Fair Trade products including tea, coffee, chocolate and biscuits are offered for sale in all DfES head office restaurants. We are currently in discussions with our catering supplier with a view to increasing the amount of Fair Trade products sold.
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many subjects she envisages more grouping and setting referred to on page 10 of the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All". 
Jacqui Smith: It is for schools to use their own professional judgment to decide which subjects to group or set pupils by ability. We will continue through the National Strategies and our Gifted and Talented programme to offer advice and guidance to schools on classroom practice so that they can make decisions about how to use pupil setting as part of their overall commitment to personalising and tailoring learning to meet the needs of all their pupils.
The top of the leadership group pay spine in England and Wales has risen by 35 per cent. since 1997 to £93,327 now, with nearly £100,000 available in inner London. Schools and LAs have greater flexibility to award recruitment and retention incentives and they can set a head teacher's salary above the top of the pay spine. Vacancy rates for head teachers are low0.8 per cent. in 2005.
Through the National College for School Leadership (NCSL), we will continue to develop strong school leaders with the necessary skills to help us achieve our objective of raising standards for every pupil in every school. Since 2001, over 14,000 candidates have completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship, which prepares aspiring heads to take up headship posts in schools.
And we have also asked the NCSL to consider how it can help schools make more effective succession planning arrangements and to work with governor
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associations and other key partners, including local authorities, to develop advice to governors on recruitment, selection and succession planning.
Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils aged 11 years in each local education authority transferred to independent secondary schools in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available from (a) local authority schools and (b) grant maintained schools. 
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children of compulsory school age in each local education authority area attended independent schools in the last year for which figures are available. 
|Pupils of compulsory school age(14)|
|Number of pupils in all schools (15)||Number of pupils in independent schools||Percentage of pupils in independent schools (16)|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||34,382||3,740||10.9|
|Redcar and Cleveland||20,654||0||0.0|
|Blackburn with Darwen|
|Yorkshire and the Humber|
|East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Kingston Upon Hull, City of|
|North East Lincolnshire|
|Telford and Wrekin||24,575||644||2.6|
|East of England||766,950||49,240||6.4|
|City of London||1,634||1,465||89.7|
|Hammersmith and Fulham|
|Kensington and Chelsea|
|Barking and Dagenham|
|Kingston upon Thames|
|Richmond upon Thames|
|Brighton and Hove||29,169||3,070||10.5|
|Isle of Wight||17,484||685||3.9|
|Windsor and Maidenhead|
|Bath and North East Somerset|
|Bristol, City of||46,930||6,119||13.0|
|Isles of Scilly||232||0||0.0|
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