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Education Act 1996

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. [59326]

Bill Rammell: The number of directions issued under section 497A in every year since 1996 are as follows:
Number of directions issued under section 497A
19960
19970
19980
19991
20001
20016
20023
20031
20041
20052
20060

No directions under section 497A were enforced by order of mandamus.

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.

Education and Training

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. [63162]

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.

The publication is accessible on the DfES website via the link, httD://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000645/index.shtml

LEA detail is available through the link: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000645/Addition3_lea.xls

Education Finance

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. [64137]


 
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Bill Rammell: Total funding per pupil aged 3–10 and 11–15 for England in 2004–05 and 2005–06 is set out as follows. We cannot show the figures for the ages requested.

The figures are in cash terms and include the pensions transfer to EFS and the LSC.
Cash terms, including pensions transfer to EFS and LSC

3 to 10-year-olds11 to 15-year-olds
2004–053,5604,460
2005–063,8404,730




Notes:
1. Price Base: Cash
2. Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of Education Formula Spending (EFS) settlements. Figures from 2004–05 include the pensions transfer to EFS, the figures prior to 2003–04 have not been adjusted.
3. Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DfES Departmental Expenditure Limits relevant to pupils aged 11–15 and exclude Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA level.
4. The pupil numbers used to convert m figures to per pupil are those underlying the EFS settlement calculations.
5. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10.
6. Figures are provisional as some grants have not yet been finalised/audited.




Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average funding per pupil was for 2005–06 in West Lancashire. [64225]

Bill Rammell: The total funding per pupil aged 3–19 (cash terms) in Lancashire for 2005–06 was £4,080. Figures are not available at constituency level.

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.

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding per pupil was in (a) Taunton constituency and (b) England in each year since 1997. [64348]

Bill Rammell: Total funding per pupil aged 3–19 for Somerset and England between 1997–98 and 2005–06 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 2003–04.
£

Somerset totalEngland total
1997–982,7502,940
1998–992,8103,000
1999–20002,9403,140
2000–013,1703,390
2001–023,3003,550
2002–033,3703,650
2003–043,4903,790
2004–053,6403,950
2005–063,7804,130
Change since 1997–981,0301,180




Notes:
1. Price Base: Real terms at 2004–05 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 23 December 2005.
2. Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of Standard Spending Assessment/Education Formula Spending (EFS) settlements and exclude the pensions transfer to EFS and LSC from 2003–04.
3. Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DfES departmental expenditure limits relevant to pupils aged 3–19 and exclude education maintenance allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA level.
4. The pupil numbers used to convert £ million figures to £ per pupil are those underlying the SSA/EFS settlement calculations plus PLASC three-year-old maintained pupils and estimated three to four-year-olds funded through state support in maintained and other educational institutions where these are not included in the SSA pupil numbers.
5. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10.
6. 2003–04 to 2005–06 figures are provisional as some grants have not yet been finalised/audited.




Educational Underachievement

Mr. Khan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Department is taking to address under-achievement in schools by British Muslims. [63404]

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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Enterprise Summer School Pathfinders

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. [63812]

(2) what the (a) objectives, (b) costs and (c) performance measurement criteria for the 23 enterprise summer school pathfinders will be. [63813]

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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