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Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) community, (b) voluntary-aided, (c) voluntary-controlled and (d) foundation secondary schools there are; and what proportion has a sixth form. 
|Number of schools|
with a sixth form (48)
|All secondary schools|
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2005 to the hon. Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Official Report, column 952W, on selection, what method is used to (a) identify pupils as being able to benefit from targeted teaching in a particular subject and (b) assess the pupils who demonstrate a
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special capacity to succeed in a particular subject; and what guidance is given on this to specialist schools that select on aptitude in the relevant subject. 
Jacqui Smith: Admission authorities are responsible for determining how to assess aptitude. Legislation requires them to ensure that tests do not assess general academic ability or aptitude for any subject other than the subject in question, and are free of racial or gender bias. The School Admissions Code of Practice gives further guidance on what the law permits. And the Schools Adjudicator has upheld objections to admission arrangements where he has found that there is no established test for, or objective assessment against, published criteria.
The Specialist Schools Trust also provides advice on admissions, which emphasises that tests should not drift into assessing ability or general aptitude, by checking that the ability profile of those selected by aptitude is representative of all applicants, [and] adjusting testing if it is not."
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which specialist colleges and schools which are not specialist science colleges and schools offer (a) separate science and (b) dual award science at GCSE; 
(2) what percentage of pupils in (a) specialist colleges and (b) schools which are not specialist science colleges took (i) separate science and (ii) dual award science in the last period for which figures are available; 
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(3) what percentage of pupils studying in specialist colleges and schools, which are not specialist science colleges and schools, have gained (a) dual award science, (b) biology, (c) chemistry and (d) physics GCSEs, in each of the last five years broken down by grade. 
Jacqui Smith: The information requested is shown in the following tables for the years 2002 to 2005. Information is not presented for 2001 as there were no schools designated as specialist science colleges in that year.
|Non-science specialist colleges|
|Dual Award Science||75.0||74.5|
|Results of 15-year-olds(50)||GCSE grade|
|Dual Award Science||3.1||6.4||10.5||22.0||14.9||9.2||5.0||2.0||74.5|
|Dual Award Science||3.0||6.5||10.6||23.4||15.8||10.7||5.9||2.4||80.0|
|Dual Award Science||2.9||6.6||10.6||23.8||16.5||10.9||6.3||2.6||81.8|
|Dual Award Science||3.1||6.3||10.3||23.4||17.6||11.6||6.0||2.2||82.0|
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received on the mistreatment of pupils at St. James' Independent Schools in London, with particular reference to the School of Economic Science. 
Maria Eagle: The Department has been made aware of allegations of abuse by teachers at St. James Independent Schools for Boys between 1975 and 1985. The matter is currently under investigation by Richmond-upon-Thames social services department and the Metropolitan police. We are liaising with them and will consider what, if any, action is required once their investigation has been completed.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers entered into (a) full-time and (b) part-time service in maintained schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire in each year since 2001. 
The information requested is available at a national level and this was published in the Statistics of Education, School Workforce in England Volume, 2005 edition, on 26 January 2006. Table C1c refers. This publication is available on the department's website at the following URL:
Jacqui Smith: The latest available figures are shown in the tables. Significant changes were made to the content, structure, coverage and definitions of the source data for HE staff in 2003/04 which means that the figures for 2004/05 are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.
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