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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of schools inspected by Ofsted were rated (a) unsatisfactory, (b) satisfactory, (c) good and (d) outstanding in each year since 1997. [47229]

Jacqui Smith: This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Maurice Smith, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Maurice Smith, dated 2 February 2006:

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The overall effectiveness of primary schools

Number of inspections(83)Excellent,
very good(84)
GoodSatisfactoryUnsatisfactory, poor
1999/2000(85)2,30920 (1)432710
2000/013,39623 (1)42287
2001/023,28324 (2)45266
2002/033,02125 (1)44265
2003/04(86)3,51719 (1)48285
2004/051,99819 (1)49274

The overall effectiveness of secondary schools

Number of inspections(83)Excellent,
very good(84)
GoodSatisfactoryUnsatisfactory, poor
1999/2000(85)35924 (1)432112
2000/0163625 (2)46237
2001/0254826 (3)44247
2002/0353928 (4)43236
2003/04(86)62720 (2)492210
2004/0548525 (3)44247

The overall effectiveness of special schools

Number of inspections(83)Excellent,
very good(84)
GoodSatisfactoryUnsatisfactory, poor
1999/2000(85)16934 (2)342010
2000/0123832 (3)45158
2001/0221339 (6)40166
2002/0317936 (5)38188
2003/04(86)19621 (3)55186
2004/0515231 (5)44205

(83) Weighted figures to provide a balanced evidence base.
(84) Figures in brackets are the percentage judged to be excellent.
(85) The overall effectiveness judgement was only available for schools inspected from January in the academic year 1999/2000.
(86) New framework introduced September 2003.

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The overall effectiveness of schools autumn term 2005: provisional

Number of inspectionsOutstandingGoodSatisfactoryInadequate

Overseas Students

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of overseas students studying in further education institutes in England are from India. [45117]

Bill Rammell: Defining for this purpose home learners as those whose country of domicile is either England, Wales or Scotland then there were a total of 82,130 overseas students in further education institutions in England in 2004/05. Of these 2,930 were from India which represents 3.6 per cent. of the total.

Playing for Success (Hartlepool)

Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the Playing for Success initiative in Hartlepool. [48868]

Jacqui Smith: Hartlepool United FC is one of more than 150 sports clubs and venues currently signed up to the Department's Playing for Success" (PfS) initiative, which is establishing study support centres in or near their grounds. Four consecutive national evaluation studies have shown that PfS is highly effective in meeting its objectives of improving the literacy, numeracy and ICT skills of pupils at key stages 2 and 3, as well as boosting their motivation and self esteem. Hartlepool's Centre was not open at the time of the last evaluation. However, the local authority's annual report of the Centre's work in 2004—05 echoes the national findings.

Pupil Performance

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of school pupils who are performing below national expectation. [47436]

Jacqui Smith: Record achievements have been made by pupils in both primary and secondary schools since 1997, as measured by the results from national curriculum tests and public examinations. Last year there were improvements at every key stage, with GCSE and equivalent results showing the biggest annual increase for over a decade.
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The following tables show the number and proportion of pupils who did not achieve the target level for their age in each of the national curriculum tests taken at the end of key stages 2 and 3 in 2005, compared to 1997. The tables also show the number and proportion of 15-year-olds who did not achieve the Government's national target of five or more A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent qualifications in 2005, compared to 1997.

The figures for key stages 2 and 3 represent the number and proportion of children entered for each individual test who are performing below the target level. An individual pupil could be counted under one, two or three headings depending on whether the child is performing below in more than one subject.
Key stage 2

Number of 11-year-olds below level 4(87)

Key stage 3

Number of 14-year-olds below level 5(87)(88)

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Key stage 4

Number of 15-year-olds with fewer than 5 A*-C GCSEs or equivalent

(87) Excludes pupils who were absent or unable to access the national curriculum tests
(88) There are no national curriculum tests in ICT at the end of key stage 3. Results are published on the basis of teacher assessments.

The Government's White Paper—Higher Standards, Better Schools for All—sets out our commitment to 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
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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.

Qualifications (Gateshead)

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Gateshead, East and Washington, West (Mrs. Hodgson) of 16th January 2006, Official Report, column 1016W, on qualifications (Gateshead), if she will provide comparable information for each local authority in Tyne and Wear. [48891]

Phil Hope: The following table shows estimates of the level of highest qualification held by the working age population in the local authority districts of Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland. Data comes from the Local Labour Force Survey and covers the period 1999/2000 to 2004/05.

Qualification level1999/20002000/012001/022002/032003/042004/05
Level 4 or 5151917202222
Level 3121112121213
Trade Apprenticeships(89)1210101088
Level 2151517161616
Below level 2181717161918
Other qualifications(90)566766
No qualifications232121191717
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Level 4 or 5212525262826
Level 3141314161515
Trade Apprenticeships(89)1098877
Level 2151513141213
Below level 2121113111312
Other qualifications(90)1077778
No qualifications182020181819
North Tyneside
Level 4 or 5162022232426
Level 3121316161516
Trade Apprenticeships(89)1411108108
Level 2171716181617
Below level 2161614161515
Other qualifications(90)857765
No qualifications161815131414
South Tyneside
Level 4 or 5161416181717
Level 3121212141516
Trade Apprenticeships(89)151413111010
Level 2151515151618
Below level 2141618181917
Other qualifications(90)966665
No qualifications192220181717
Level 4 or 5141515161516
Level 3111013141312
Trade Apprenticeships(89)1312101098
Level 2121616151620
Below level 2191819192020
Other qualifications(90)876776
No qualifications232221182018

(89) For the purposes of target measurement people with trade apprenticeships as their highest qualification are assigned to level 3 and level 2 in the ratio of 50:50.
(90) Qualifications that cannot be assigned directly to levels. For the purposes of target measurement, people with Other qualifications as their highest qualification level are assigned to level 3:level 2:below level 2 in the ratio of 10:35:55.
1. As with all sample surveys the estimates presented in this table are subject to sampling variability.
2. Columns may not sum to 100 per cent. due to rounding.
3. Working age people are defined as males and females aged 16–64 and 16–59 respectively.

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