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Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many directions have been issued under sections (a) 497 (general default powers) and (b) 497A (power to secure proper performance of local education authority's functions) of the Education Act 1996 in each year since 1996; and how many of these had to be enforced by order of mandamus. 
|Number of directions issued under section 497A|
The Department has issued directions under section 497 in two areas: school admissions and special educational needs, but keeps no central aggregate
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record of numbers. As far as the Department's records indicate, none have required enforcement by a court order of mandamus.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 17-year-olds were in (a) full-time and (b) part-time education and training in each local authority in England in each of the last five years. 
Bill Rammell: Participation rates for those aged 16 and 17, in schools, FE colleges, LSC funded work-based learning and part-time education are available for local education authorities (LEAs) in England. The latest available figures are for 2004 and these were published in the Statistical First Release Participation in education and training by 16 and 17-year-olds in each local area in England"SFR13/2006 on 30 March 2006.
Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Government spent per pupil in England on the (a) 4 to 7 years, (b) 7 to 11 years and (c) 11 to 16 years age groups in each year since 2004. 
|3 to 10-year-olds||11 to 15-year-olds|
The above figure includes funding via Education Formula Spending and education grants allocated at a local authority level. It includes the pensions transfer to EFS and the Learning and Skills Council, and is in cash terms.
3. Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DfES Departmental Expenditure Limits relevant to pupils aged 319 and exclude Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA level.
Total funding per pupil aged 319 for Somerset and England between 199798 and 200506 is set out in the following table. Figures are not available
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at constituency level. The figures are in real terms and exclude the pensions transfer to EPS and the LSC from 200304.
|Somerset total||England total|
|Change since 199798||1,030||1,180|
Bill Rammell: In 2003 the Government launched the Aiming High strategy to raise the attainment of black and minority ethnic pupils. Within the Aiming High strategy, the Minority Ethnic Achievement Project was established in 2004, and is running in 52 maintained schools in 12 local authorities. It focuses on raising the achievement of pupils from Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Turkish and Somali backgrounds at Key Stage 3. We are building on the Aiming High Strategy and are doubling the number of schools which offer extra support for Pakistani and Bangladeshi pupils.
The attainment of Pakistani and Bangladeshi pupils at GCSE has improved faster than the national average since 2003. In 2005, Pakistani and Bangladeshi pupils also improved their five A* to C GCSE results compared to 2004. In 2005, 48.4 per cent. of Pakistani pupils gained five A* to C GCSEs (an increase of 3.2 percentage points from 45.2 per cent. in 2004), as did 52.7 per cent. of Bangladeshi pupils (an increase of 4.3 percentage points from 48.4 per cent. in 2004). This was against a national average for all pupils in maintained schools in 2005 of 54.9 per cent., up 3.0 percentage points from 51.9 per cent. in 2004.
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Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the curriculum of the enterprise summer school pathfinders will be in summer 2006; on what basis participating schools will be selected; and if she will make a statement. 
Bill Rammell: Following the Chancellor's November announcement, and subsequent budget announcement that Young Enterprise (YE) will run Enterprise Summer School Pathfinders in 2006, the DfES has been given responsibility for the delivery of the Pathfinders. Two million pounds has been made available, and while we have had early discussions with YE, we are not yet at a stage to finalise details.
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