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Edexcel

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils will sit at least one (a) GCSE, (b) AS and (c) A-level examination paper written by Edexcel in the summer of 2006; and what proportion that figure represents of all pupils taking each level of examination. [82003]

Jim Knight: The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), through the National Assessment Agency, regularly collects during the examination series data from the unitary awarding bodies in England on the total number of candidates entered for GCE and GCSE examinations. It does not, however, hold data on how many individual pupils sit at least one GCSE, AS or A-level paper.


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Provided as follows is the number of entries for each examination unit and the number of candidates seeking a qualification award in summer 2006. (The figures are provisional.)

GCSE GCE

Number of candidates seeking a qualification award in summer 2006

5,375,671

1,845,066

Number of candidates seeking an Edexcel qualification award

1,313,017

492,398

Percentage

24.43

26.67

Total number of unit entries for examinations in summer 2006

4,918,441

5,931,144

Total number of unit entries for Edexcel examinations

1,840,225

1,698,438

Percentage

37.41

28.64


Education Act 1996

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the operation of section (a) 444 and (b) 509 of the Education Act 1996; what recent representations he has received about the operation of this Act; and whether he has plans to amend this Act. [80417]

Jim Knight: These sections of the Education Act 1996 deal with school attendance and school transport. We believe that parents must take responsibility for their children’s attendance at school. Where children do not attend school regularly, a prosecution or a penalty notice under section 444 may be needed if parents are not doing their best to ensure that their child attends school.

The Department receives representations from a range of sources, including pupils, parents, local authorities and MPs about the operation of sections 444 and 509. There is widespread agreement that the transport provisions are out of date.

The Education and Inspections Bill includes amendments to sections 444 and 509 of the Education Act 1996. These will confirm that it is for a parent to prove that they have a good reason for failing to ensure their child attends school. The Bill also extends the right to free transport for low-income groups, and clarifies local authority duties relating to school transport.

Education Legislation

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) Green Papers, (b) White Papers and (c) Bills on education have been produced since May 1997. [80455]

Jim Knight [holding answer 26 June 2006]: The following table shows a list of Green and White Papers. Information on all Bills produced is not readily available, but a list of Acts on education is included.


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Title Publication date

Green papers

Cm. 3785

Excellence for all children—meeting special educational needs

22 October 1997

Cm. 3790

The learning age: a renaissance for a new Britain.

25 February 1998

Cm. 4164

Teachers—meeting the challenge of change

3 December 1998

Cm. 5050

Schools—building on success

12 February 2001

Cm. 5342

14-19 extending opportunities, raising standards

12 February 2002

Cm. 5810

21st century skills—realising our potential

9 July 2003

Cm. 6273

Parental separation: children's needs and parents' responsibilities.

21 July 2004

Cm. 6629

Youth matters

18 July 2005

Cm. 6702

Reducing re-offending through skills and employment

15 December 2005

White papers

Cm. 3681

Excellence in schools

7 July 1997

Cm. 4392

Learning to succeed: a new framework for post-16 learning

30 June 1999

Cm. 5052

Opportunity for all in a world of change.

13 February 2001

Cm. 5230

Schools achieving success

5 September 2001

Cm. 5735

The future of higher education

22 January 2003

Cm. 6476

14-19 education and skills

23 February 2005

Cm. 6483

Skills: getting on in business, getting on at work

22 March 2005

Cm. 6677

Higher standards, better schools for all: more choice for parents and pupils

25 October 2005

Cm. 6768

Further education: raising skills, improving life chances

27 March 2006

Acts/Bills

Education (Schools) Act 1997

Education (Student Loans) Act 1998

Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998

School Standards and Framework Act 1998

Learning and Skills Act 2000

Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001

Education Act 2002

Higher Education Act 2004

Education Act 2005

Education and Inspections Bill


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Education Maintenance Allowance

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students aged 16 years or above were receiving education maintenance allowances in each (a) school and (b) college in the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (i) at the start of the school year in 2005-06 and (ii) on the most recent date for which figures are available. [75214]

Mr. Dhanda: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate education maintenance allowances for the DfES and hold the information about take-up of the scheme. Mark Haysom, the council’s Chief Executive, has written to my hon. Friend with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom:


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School/college Take-up at September 2005 Take-up at April 2006

Gosforth High School

185

207

Walbottle Campus Technology College

76

83

Walker Technology College

85

98

Benfield School

50

53

Kenton School

157

177

Heaton Manor School

106

120

West Gate Community College

45

51

St. Mary’s Catholic Comprehensive School

35

39

St. Cuthbert's High School

64

69

Sacred Heart High School

111

121

Newcastle-upon-Tyne Church High School

10

15

La Sagesse School

10

10

Westfield School

8

10

Central Newcastle High School

16

18

Dame Allan’s Boys’ School

21

25

Royal Grammar School

28

30

Northern Counties School

9

9

Newcastle College

1,553

1,908

Trinity School

1

2

Sir Charles Parsons School

14

14

Thomas Bewick School

4

6

All Saints College

36

41

Newcastle Bridges School

1

2

Talbot House School Newcastle

0

0

University of Northumbria at Newcastle

0

0

Sage Academy of Performing Arts

4

5

Total

2,629

3,113


Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many residents of Stroud constituency are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of education maintenance allowance. [77821]

Mr. Dhanda: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate Education Maintenance Allowances for the DfES and hold the information about take-up of the scheme. Mark Haysom, the Council's Chief Executive, has written to the my hon. Friend with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Rob Wye, dated 28 June 2006:


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