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Some 10.6 per cent. of pupils in large classes in maintained primary schools were engaged in activities such as PE or games or music, singing and drama.

Decisions about class sizes post Key Stage 1 are a matter for schools, and there are a number of factors that will influence this. Schools are best placed to know what works well for them and is in pupils' best interests. Instances of large classes may well be because schools are being more imaginative about how they organise lessons, making the best use of all school staff. In some subjects having a larger class with an experienced teacher supported by one or more trained teaching assistants can offer real advantages to pupils, enhancing rather than hindering their learning.

Pupils

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the mobility index is for each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in (i) Catterick, (ii) Colchester and (iii) Aldershot; [119092]

(2) how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have mobility indexes (i) between 0 to 5 per cent., (ii) between 6 to 10 per cent., (iii) between 11 to 15 per cent. and (iv) above 15 per cent. [119093]

Jim Knight: The Department for Education and Skills does not hold the information for school mobility indexes as described in the questions.

Religion: Education

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times since taking up his post he has met (a) representatives of religious organisations with an interest in education and (b) representatives of humanist organisations with an interest in education. [122250]

Mr. Dhanda: The following table shows the religious organisations my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has met since taking up his current post.

Date Group

8 June 2006

Church of England, Catholic Education Service

23 October 2006

Representatives of Faith School providers: Diocesan Board of Education (Church of England), Catholic Education Service, Movement for Reform Judaism, Network of Sikh Organisations, Muslim Council of Britain, Association of Muslim Schools

25 October 2006

Board of Deputies of British Jews, Catholic Education Service

7 November 2006

United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

14 December 2006

Faith organisations: Catholic Education Service; Church of England; Greek Orthodox Church; Network of Sikh Organisations; Muslim Council of Great Britain; Association of Muslim Schools; Free Church; Hindu Council UK; I-Foundation; Board of Deputies of British Jews; Union of Orthodox Hebrew Organisations; Agency for Jewish Education; Movement for Reform Judaism; JCOS Reform School; Seventh Day Adventist Church; Methodist Church.


My right hon. Friend has not met with any representatives of humanist organisations.

School Meals: Concessions

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average percentage of school-age children entitled to free school meals was in (a) Barnet, (b) London and (c) England in (i) grammar schools, (ii) local authority maintained schools, (iii) denominational schools and (iv) other schools, including special schools in the last period for which figures are available. [118473]

Mr. Dhanda: The requested information is provided in the table.


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All schools: School meal arrangements ( 1,2 ) : as at January 2006
Pupils aged 5 to 15 ( 3)
Barnet local authority area London Government office region( 4) England( 4)
Number of pupils Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Number of pupils Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Number of pupils Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

Maintained schools(5)

36,530

7,009

19.2

864,310

232,200

26.9

6,400,300

1,033,060

16.1

Of which:

Maintained Nursery

0

0

0

0

20

10

66.7

Maintained Primary

20,427

4,281

21.0

485,630

134,400

27.7

3,350,330

571,320

17.1

Maintained Secondary

15,757

2,599

16.5

364,460

91,900

25.2

2,954,220

430,240

14.6

Maintained Special(5)

279

103

36.9

9,790

4,240

43.3

72,690

25,400

34.9

Pupil Referral Units

67

26

38.8

4,430

1,660

37.5

23,050

6,090

26.4

Other schools

969

428

44.2

13,530

4,670

34.5

35,010

9,290

26.5

Of which:

City Technology colleges

(6)

(6)

(6)

2,850

610

21.2

9440

1,230

13.1

Academies

969

428

44.2

10,500

4,040

38.5

22,050

7,590

34.4

Non-Maintained Special

(6)

(6)

(6)

170

20

13.7

3,530

470

13.4

Maintained Primary and Secondary schools

36,184

6,880

19.0

850,090

226,300

26.6

6,304,540

1,001,560

15.9

Of which:

Faith schools

11,492

1,188

10.3

189,470

34,730

18.3

1,451,180

178,500

12.3

Other schools

24,692

5,692

23.1

660,620

191,570

29.0

4,853,360

823,060

17.0

Maintained Secondary schools

15,757

2,599

16.5

364,460

91,900

25.2

2,954,220

430,240

14.6

Of which:

Grammar schools

1,845

39

2.1

14,210

300

2.1

112,200

2,460

2.2

Other schools

13,912

2,560

18.4

350,250

91,600

26.2

2,842,010

427,780

15.1

(1) Includes all schools except independent schools and direct grant nursery schools. Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) includes pupils with sole and dual (main) registration. Also includes pupils with other providers in Pupil Referral Units.
(3) Includes pupils aged 5 to 15 as at 31 August 2005.
(4) Numbers at regional and national level have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown.
(5) Excludes general hospital schools.
(6) Not applicable, no schools of this type
Source:
Schools Census

Schools: Facilities

Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme his Department offers local authorities on (a) community use of school facilities and (b) planning for community sporting need. [123079]

Jim Knight: The Building Schools for the Future (BSF) “Strategy for Change” document (July 2006) contains guidance for local authorities in BSF on a number of policy areas, including extended schools and community provision, and strategically developing their sport provision. In addition, Partnerships for Schools, Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust have jointly funded Sports Facilities Advisers to work closely with local authorities to ensure the strategic development of sport within the programme.

There is also a wide range of guidance available to all local authorities. For (a), the community use of school facilities, key documents include the prospectus “Extended Schools: Opportunity and Access to All”, and “Planning and Funding Extended Schools” as well as the design guide “Designing Schools for Extended Services”. For (b), planning for community sporting
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need, they include “Guidance on High Quality PE and Sport for Young People” and the design guide “Inspirational Design for PE and Sport Spaces”. These documents are available to view or order at:


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