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Faith Schools

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new faith schools have been set up in each year since 1997. [46532]

Jacqui Smith: The following table shows the numbers of new maintained schools with a religious character that have been established each year since 1997:
Faith199719981999200020012002200320042005Total per Faith
Roman Catholic41511113
Roman Catholic/ Church of England112
Church of England25236101010755
Church of England/Methodist1113
Greek Orthodox11
Seventh Day Adventist11
Total per year12119491111151294

The table excludes schools established from the amalgamation or reorganisation of existing schools with a religious character.

In addition to the above, eight Academies with a religious character (six Christian, one Roman Catholic and one Church of England) have opened since 1997, three of which replaced existing schools with a religious character.

Grants (West Lancashire)

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much West Lancashire constituency has received from the (a) Excellence in Cities, (b) Education Action Zone and (c) Leadership Incentive Grant Scheme in each year since the schemes began. [45012]

Jacqui Smith: Schools in the West Lancashire constituency have benefited from Excellence in Cities (EiC) funding since September 2001 and the Leadership Incentive Grant scheme (LIG) since September 2003. There was no Education Action Zone (EAZ) in the constituency and the EAZ programme has now finished. From September 2004, under the EiC Primary Expansion, funding has been allocated to local authorities in respect of all primary schools with 35 per cent. or more pupils eligible for free school meals. This includes all primary schools in West Lancashire that meet the criteria. Actual allocations vary as the funding formula is linked to pupil numbers, but funding is in the region of £110 per pupil.

A breakdown of the EiC/Excellence Cluster and LIG funding by year for West Lancashire is given in the following table.
Excellence clusterLIG

(8) All figures for 2004–05 and 2005–06 include a 4 per cent. uplift on the previous year.

Heritage Restoration

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase skills training opportunities for those wishing to pursue skills relevant to heritage restoration; and what support she has made available to the Heritage Academy partnership between Woodchester Mansion Trust, Cirencester College, the Royal Agricultural College and Stroud College. [42186]

Phil Hope: ConstructionSkills is part of the Government's Skills for Business Network and jointly funds the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) with English Heritage. The NHTG has a UK-wide remit
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to develop skills and training provision for the traditional building crafts sector carrying out skills research, action planning, and work on qualifications. The NHTG is also part of a partnership with English Heritage, the National Trust Commission and others that recently submitted a successful application for a £900,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This will support a Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme for England and Wales to encourage the uptake in qualifications in conservation from January 2006. The Heritage Lottery Fund is also supporting a further nine partnerships providing training in heritage restoration skills with total funding of just under £7 million.

ConstructionSkills and English Heritage were actively engaged in a conference on designing heritage skills training partnerships held at Woodchester Mansion in September 2005 and are providing ongoing advice and support through the NHTG as the academy takes forward plans to develop a Centre of Excellence in the South West.

Key Stages

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools were included in the 2005 Key Stage 4 Contextual Value Added Pilot Scheme; [47058]

(2) what plans her Department has to use fine grades as a measure of pupil performance; [47059]

(3) what assessment she has made of the results of the 2005 Key Stage 4 Contextual Value Added Pilot Scheme; [47057]

(4) whether she plans to include the (a) contextual value added and (b) value added measure in the 2006 achievement and attainment tables. [47060]

Jacqui Smith: On 19 January 2006 the Department published the Contextual Value Added (CVA) Pilot Achievement and Attainment Tables, showing results for the 430 schools who have been involved in the CVA pilot. The pilot was designed to test the feasibility of including CVA in the tables, the methodology for which includes the use of fine grades.

The pilot is currently being evaluated, both in terms of the impact on schools, and from a data handling and processing perspective. Evaluation of the pilot will be completed by the end of March 2006. Subject to the evaluation findings, we intend to replace the existing value added measure with the new CVA measure in the 2006 secondary achievement and attainment tables.

List 99

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many appeals against a ban on working with children have been made by people on (a) the Sex Offenders Register, but not on List 99 and (b) on List 99 in each of the last 10 years. [43926]

Ruth Kelly: Someone who is on the Sex Offenders Register but not on List 99 is not banned from working with children to the extent that he is not subject to a complete or partial bar from doing work to which section 142 of the Education Act 2002 applies.
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The annual number of appeals, to the Care Standards Tribunal in respect of listing on List 99, lodged in each calendar year is as follows:

Prior to 2000 there was no right of appeal to an independent tribunal. The first hearing was heard in 2001.

Pupil Exclusions (Coventry)

Mr. Jim Cunningham: 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 Coventry, South in each year since 1997. [46167]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested is shown in the table.
Maintained primary and secondary schools: number of permanent exclusions 1996/97 to 2003/04—Coventry, South parliamentary constituency

Number of permanent exclusions
2000/01 (10)30.04110.16
2001/02 (10)(11)(11)180.25
2002/03 (10)00.00140.19
2003/04 (10)(11)(11)00.00

(9) 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.
(10) 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.
(11) 1 or 2 exclusions, or a rate based on 1 or 2 exclusions
Annual Schools Census

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