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|Maintained secondary schools|
|Number on roll( 1,2)||Number of pupils taking free school meals( 3)||Percentage taking free school meals||Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals||Percentage known to be eligible for free school meals|
|(1) 1997 to 2002 Includes dually registered pupils and excludes boarding pupils.|
(2) From 2003 includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils.
(3) Number of pupils who took a free school meal on the day of the census in January.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the average processing time is for applications made via the on-line system used by the Graduate Teacher Training Registry; 
(2) by what means other than the on-line system used by the Graduate Teacher Training Registry for teacher training applications potential applicants can apply; 
(3) if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the on-line system used by the Graduate Teacher Training Registry for teacher training applications. 
Jim Knight: Neither I nor the Training and Development Agency for Schools are aware of any particular or widespread problems connected with the Graduate Teacher Training Register service.
The GTTR encourages application on-line; through paper applications are still available to applicants via the customer service line.
The GTTR website shows that it has an established complaints procedureincluding direct approach to the chief executive if necessaryand any user of the service should make use of this procedure if they are dissatisfied.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts with his Department and its agencies have been won by Halliburton or its subsidiaries in each year since 1997; what the terms were of each contract; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: A complete answer to this question could be provided only at disproportionate costs. However, I can say that my Department has not entered into any private finance initiative or public private partnership contracts with Halliburton or its subsidiaries since 1997. My officials are unaware of any private finance initiative or public private partnership contracts in our non-departmental public bodies with Halliburton or its subsidiaries since 1997.
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many further education colleges receive funding directly from the Higher Education Funding Council. 
Bill Rammell: 143 further education colleges receive funding directly from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of maintained secondary schools used (a) AQA, (b) Edexcel, (c) OCR exam boards for (i) GCSE and (ii) A level mathematics examinations in 2005. 
Jim Knight: We do not have, and it would be inordinately costly to obtain, details of the number of centres entering for each awarding body. We can only provide therefore the overall entry figures, not the entries from maintained secondary schools. However, the figures below contain the percentage of candidate entries from each English awarding body for GCSE mathematics and for A level mathematics in 2005.
|Percentage of candidate entries for GCSE and A level mathematics from maintained secondary schools by English awarding bodies: Summer 2005|
Maintained secondary schools defined as foundation and maintained comprehensive, selective and modern schools in the JCQ data (centre types 1-6).
JCQ Inter-Awarding Body Statistics compiled by QCA Research and Statistics.
Mr. Wills: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what proportion of (a) pupils, (b) girls and (c) boys attending schools that were deemed (i) inadequate and (ii) satisfactory in the annual report of HM Chief Inspector of Schools 2005-06 achieved five A*-C grades at GCSE in 2005-06; 
(2) what proportion of (a) pupils, (b) girls and (c) boys attending schools that were deemed (i) good and (ii) outstanding in the annual report of HM Chief Inspector of Schools 2005-06 achieved five A*-C grades at GCSE in 2005-06. 
Jim Knight: The following table shows the percentage of pupils at the end of key stage 4 in the 2005-06(1) academic year achieving five or more GCSEs or equivalents at grades A*-C split by gender and inspectors' judgements about schools' overall effectiveness as reported in the annual report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools 2005-06.
(1)2006 GCSE and equivalent attainment statistics are based on provisional data.
|Percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A*-C|
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many people are employed as partnership development managers; what the (a) grade and (b) salary range is of each such post; what the (i) minimum, (ii) median and (iii) maximum salary is of those employed; and how many partnership development managers he expects to recruit over the next 12 months; 
(2) how much has been allocated for the employment of partnership development managers in the 2006-07 financial year; and what the expected budget is for each of the next three tax years. 
Jim Knight: Partnership development managers (PDMs) are employed as part of the School Sport Partnerships programme. There are now 449 School Sport Partnerships covering all maintained schools in England, Each partnership has its own PDM who is responsible for the strategic development of the partnership and liaison with other agencies to develop high quality physical education and school sport. A typical partnership consists of a PDM who manages up to eight school sport co-ordinators and 45 primary link teachers who are responsible for developing opportunities within their secondary and primary schools respectively. A typical partnership receives a ring-fenced grant of around £270,000 per year, depending on the number of schools. Grant is paid directly to the School Sport Partnership host site and covers the salaries of the above posts and teacher release.
The Department does not hold information on the salary range for all PDMs. A typical PDM salary is around £33,500. As all schools are now within a School Sport Partnership we do not expect there to be any additional PDM appointments in the coming year.
The budget for the School Sport Partnership programme is £111,571,824 for the financial year 2006-07 and £114,685,385 for the financial year 2007-08. Funding beyond that is dependent on the outcome of the current comprehensive spending review.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what encouragement is being given to primary schools to introduce children to the cultivation of vegetables. 
Jim Knight: Since 2001, the Growing Schools programme has encouraged schools to use the outdoor classroom as a resource across the curriculum for pupils of all ages and abilities. This years Great Vegetable Challenge for primary schools to design or improve a school garden attracted more than 600 entries and over 15,000 requests for the resource pack.
Growing Schools is a key contributor to the Manifesto for Learning Outside the Classroom, launched by the Secretary of State on 28 November, and to the Year of Food and Farming, starting in September 2007.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many permanent exclusions
from secondary schools took place in each local authority which has an academy in its area between 2003-04 and the last date for which figures are available. 
Jim Knight: The information requested is shown in the table.
|Maintained secondary schools( 1) : Number of permanent exclusions( 2 ) Academic years 2003/04 and 2004/05By local authority area in England|
|Number of permanent exclusions||Percentage of the school population( 3)||Number of permanent exclusions||Percentage of the school population( 4)|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.|
(2) As reported by local authorities as part of the data checking process.
(3) The number of permanent exclusions expressed as a percentage of the number (headcount) pupils in secondary schools, excluding in January 2004.
(4) The number of permanent exclusions expressed as a percentage of the number (headcount) pupils in secondary schools, excluding in January 2005,
(5) National totals have been rounded to the nearest 10.
(6) Local authorities which have an academy open within them as at December 2006.
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