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Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action her Department is taking to ensure (a) the continued operation of and (b) continuing public funding for Education-Business Partnerships. 
Jacqui Smith: The nature of EBPs varies widely and they are largely independent bodies. We do not fund the EBPs nationally, however, through the LSC, we annually provide £25 million to support the local delivery of school business links activity.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has statutory responsibility for maintaining examination standards over time. QCA has a rolling programme of standards reviews, which began in 1997. The programme was organised to run in five-year cycles. The first cycle of reviews investigated standards in a subject in four sample years over a 20 year
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period. Subsequent reviews investigate standards since the date of the previous review of a subject. They therefore normally cover the past five years. The reports are available on the QCA website.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many expulsions there have
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been from secondary schools in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) Greater London in each of the last 10 years. 
|Permanent exclusions from secondary schools|
|Romford parliamentary constituency|| Havering local authority||London|
Jacqui Smith: There is no specific central Government funding for schools entering into a hard governance federation. However, schools now receive increasing sums of direct funding and they may well choose to use some of that funding to support a partnership or federation as a strategy for school improvement. In addition, local authorities also have the opportunity to channel funding to schools where it is felt that a federation structure would contribute toward school improvement.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the end of year financial position was in 200405 of each of the 100 (a) primary and (b) secondary schools with the (i)highest and (ii)lowest percentage of children on free school meals. 
Jacqui Smith: The Government have made clear that all forms of bullying are unacceptable and must be punished. This includes the practice known as happy slapping" where acts of bullying are recorded and transmitted, using mobile phones. Although there is no evidence to suggest that this is a widespread problem in schools, any incidents need to be dealt with firmly and appropriately.
Misuse of mobile phones was one of the specific issues considered by the Practitioners' Group on School Behaviour and Discipline, in its report Learning Behaviour" published last October. The report points to the fact that, while mobile phones are now a part of daily life, schools need a clear policy on their possession and use on school site. In the current Education and Inspections Bill we are re-enacting and strengthening the duty on schools to establish a behaviour policy, and we will be producing guidance on that duty which will specifically address the issue of mobile phone misuse. Bullying by mobile phones and the seriousness with which this should be treated is also referred to in our anti-bullying guidance pack for schools Don't Suffer in Silence", which is currently being updated. The wider problem of happy slapping" and how to tackle it will also be covered within the soon to be launched Violence Reduction in Schools Programme (VIRIS) guidance. In addition, the remit of the Anti-Bullying Alliance under the funding provided by the Department includes investigating this issue as part of its work on developing innovative solutions to bullying.
Ed Balls: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in (a) Wakefield District and (b) Normanton constituency went on to higher education in (i) 2004 and (ii) 2005; and what proportion of these attended universities in West Yorkshire. 
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|Leeds Metropolitan University||155||20||155||15||145||17||155||16|
|Other HE institutions||335||43||445||44||395||47||445||45|
Ed Balls: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the effects of involving parents in post-16 career and education decisions. 
Bill Rammell: Research commissioned by the Department demonstrates the important role of parents in young people's decision making: Payne's review of the literature (Choice At The End Of Compulsory Schooling: A Research Review, DfES Research Report 414") concluded that young people see parents as probably the most important source of advice and help when decisions about post-16 routes have to be taken". Recent qualitative research for the Department (How Do Young People Make Decisions at Ages 14 and 16"forthcoming May 2006) also shows that the parental role was identified by both young people and teachers as being particularly influential in the decision-making processes at ages 14 and 16".
However the Department has not commissioned any research/evaluation looking specifically at the benefits of involving parents/carers in post-16 career and education decisions, or indeed how good parents are at providing advice. Such an issue would be difficult to research or evaluate, since it would be difficult to isolate the role of parents from other influencers (for example friends, teachers, careers advisers or labour market conditions), particularly in terms of hard outcomes.
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