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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many maintained schools did not enter any pupils for a GCSE in (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) history, (d) geography, (e) biology, (f) chemistry and (g) physics in each year between 1997 and 2006. 
Jim Knight: The answer to this request is in the following table.
|Number of maintained mainstream schools who did not enter any 15 year old( 1) pupils for GCSEs in Engl ish. mathematics, history, geography, b iology. chemistry and p hysics by subject and year|
|(1 )Pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year, i.e. 31 August.|
(2 )AII schools with no entries in English or Maths GCSEs had less than ten 15 year old pupils.
(3.)Including Double and Single Award Science.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1286W, on head teachers pay, whether his Department holds information on the salaries of teaching staff and school leaders in academies. 
Jim Knight: The DfES does not hold information on academy teaching staff, school leader or principals salaries as these are matters for academy governors to resolve as independent schools with their principals. We are aware that head teachers salaries in academies tend to be higher as they expect to recruit experienced head teachers and the challenges they can face are often immense. Sometimes, academy principal salaries are identified in advertisements and in March 2007 there were two academy principal posts currently advertised with identified salaries. These were in Sheffield, which offered a salary of £80,000 and in Darlington, which offered a salary circa £85,000.
Mr. Blunkett: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what proportion of higher education students was drawn from low participation neighbourhoods in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005; 
(2) how many students at English Russell Group universities were drawn from state schools in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006. 
Bill Rammell: The latest available information on entrants from low participation neighbourhoods is shown in the following table:
|Proportion of UK-domiciled young entrants to full-time first degree courses at higher education institutions in England, who are from low participation neighbourhoods:|
|Academic year||Proportion from low participation neighbourhoods|
Performance Indicators in Higher Education published by HESA
The 2005/06 figure will become available by the end of July 2007.
Estimates of the numbers of entrants to English Russell Group institutions from state schools can be derived from the state schools performance indicator in higher education. The latest available information is shown in the following table:
|Number of UK-domiciled young entrants to full-time first degree courses at Russell Group Institutions in England, who are from state schools|
|Academic year||Number from schools|
Numbers are rounded to the nearest five.
Performance Indicators in Higher Education published by HESA
2005/06 figures will become available by the end of July 2007, and 2006/07 figures will become available in 2008.
Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the expected cost is of fee loans and fee grants for full-time students on undergraduate degrees linked to Higher Education Funding Council for England and Training and Development Agency-funded provision in 2007-08; 
(2) what the planned cash cost is of maintenance income contingent loans for full-time higher education students in England in 2007-08; 
(3) what the planned cash cost is of grants for (a) full-time and (b) part-time undergraduate students in England in 2007-08. 
Bill Rammell: Planned expenditure on student support in FY 2007-08 is shown in the following tables. Figures are based on current policies and relate to support provided to English domiciled students studying in UK institutions, and EU students studying in English institutions. Table 1 refers to full-time students: Table 2 refers to part-time students.
|Table 1: 2007-08 Full-time support planned expenditure (figures rounded to the nearest £10 million)|
|Full-time support type( 1, 2)||FY 2007-08 (£ million)|
|(1) All figures cover full-time undergraduates, but also PGCE students and part-time initial teacher training students.|
(2) All figures consistent with those published in the departmental annual report2006.
(3 )Includes maintenance grant, higher education grant, tuition fee grant, special support grant, childcare grant, parents learning allowance and disabled student allowances.
(4) Tuition fee grants are only available to students entering HE prior to 2006/07.
(5) The cost to the public purse represents the resource cost of providing loans. This is based on the RAB charge, which is an estimate of the percentage of the face value of loans (issued in a given year) which reflects the true cost to the government over the expected life of the loan.
(6) Cash outlay figures refer to the total value of funds made available to students through loans.
|Table 2: 2007-08 Part-time support costs (figures rounded to the nearest £10 million)|
|Part-time s upport||FY 2007-08 (£ million)|
|(1 )Includes course grants and fee grants.|
(2) Figure covers part time undergraduates (excluding students on part-time ITT courses and PGCE courses).
(3) Figure consistent with those published in the departmental annual report2006.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many national tests a primary school pupil takes between the ages of five and 11. 
Jim Knight: Primary schools are required to administer national curriculum tests at the end of key stages 1 and 2, which for most pupils is at ages seven and 11.
During the final year in key stage 1, teachers are required to administer at least one task or test in reading, writing and mathematics to pupils who are working at national curriculum level 1 or above. The outcomes of those tasks and tests are used to underpin teacher assessment and feed into a single overarching teacher judgment rather than being reported separately. The arrangements are flexible: teachers must administer sufficient tasks and tests to help them to arrive at a secure judgment, and time limits are not specified for tasks and tests, which can be taken at any time during the school year.
In the final year of key stage 2, schools are required to administer three tests to pupils working at level 3 or above, consisting of the following papers:
Englishthree test papers: writing (shorter task), and spelling, writing (longer task), and reading;
Mathematicsthree test papers, one of which is a mental mathematics test;
Sciencetwo test papers.
The tests in key stage 2 take in total five hours 20 minutes to complete.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 16 to 18-year-olds were not in education, employment or training in the 10 per cent. of local education authorities with the (a) highest and (b) lowest levels of free school meal entitlement in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006. 
Jim Knight: The following table gives the estimated number and percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the 10 per cent. of local authorities with the (a) highest and (b) lowest levels of free school meal entitlement between November 2005 and January 2006. Data on NEET to the local authority area are not available for 1997.
|Estimated number and percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds in (a) highest and (b) lowest 10 per cent. of local authorities by free school meal entitlement who were not in education, employment or training (NEET), November 2005 to January 2006|
|Percentage known to be eligible for free meals( 1)||Number NEET||Percentage NEET|
|(1 )Secondary Schools, January 2006|
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