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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consideration has been given to including practical lessons about healthy food in the primary curriculum. 
Jim Knight: Practical food lessons are a statutory requirement within the primary National Curriculum. Pupils carry out practical tasks that develop their knowledge, skills and understanding, including the importance of healthy eating. For example, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Schemes of Work include units on eating more fruit and vegetables and healthy sandwiches. The Department funds Food Partnerships where expert secondary food technology teachers train and support primary colleagues in practical food lessons.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) secondary schools and (b) secondary school pupils have participated in field visits and outdoor learning as a result of the London Challenge Residential Courses programme. 
Jim Knight: A total of 31,245 pupils from 295 London secondary schools have participatedor will shortly be participating ina range of residential courses that have been funded by the London Challenge programme.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library the guidance provided by his Department to schools on the Key Stage 4 scheme of work for citizenship in sections entitled (a) How am I part of Europe?, (b) Euro versus pound and (c) Debate on the Euro. 
Jim Knight: The Department has not issued guidance additional to that which is contained within the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QC) Key Stage 4 scheme of work.
Schools are not obliged to follow the QCA schemes of work. These are offered as exemplars and can be adopted or adapted as schools decide.
Lorely Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were excluded for racist bullying in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: In 2004-05, the most recent year for which we have data, there were 40 permanent and 3,390 fixed period exclusions for racist abuse. In addition there were 130 permanent and 7,680 fixed period exclusions for all types of bullying. We deplore racist bullying and fully back teachers and head teachers in taking tough action whenever it occurs.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Government have spent on pupils in pupil referral units with (a) unstatemented special educational needs, (b) statemented special educational needs and (c) special educational needs both statemented and unstatemented in each year from 1997 to 2006. 
Jim Knight: The Department does not collect the information in the format requested. However, the following table provides details of the total planned expenditure on the provision of education at Pupil Referral Units and total expenditure on SEN pupils both statemented and unstatemented as it is not possible to extract this information. Comparable data are not available prior to 2000-01.
|Budgeted net expenditure by local authorities on the provision of education for children with special educational needs( 1,2 ) and budgeted net expenditure by local authorities on the provision of education for children at Pupil Referral Units( 3) in England: 2000-01 to 2006-07|
|Budgeted net expenditure by local authorities on the provision of education for children with special educational needs( 1,2)||Budgeted net expenditure by local authorities on the provision of education at Pupil Referral Units( 3)|
|(1) Includes planned expenditure on the provision for pupils with statements and the provision for non-statemented pupils with SEN, support for inclusion, inter authority recoupment, fees for pupils at independent special schools and abroad, educational psychology service, local authority functions in relation to child protection, therapies and other health related services, parent partnership, guidance and information, the monitoring of SEN provision and inclusion administration, assessment and co-ordination. Also included is the funding delegated to primary and secondary schools identified as notional SEN and the individual schools budget (ISB) for special schools. Does not include any planned expenditure on pupils with SEN attending Pupil Referral Units (PRUs).|
(2) The ISB for special schools will include some general education costs for pupils with SEN in addition to those costs specifically for SEN while the figures recorded against notional SEN are only indicative of the amount that might by spent by schools on SEN and, from 2004-05 onwards, notional SEN delegated to nursery schools was reported on section 52 for the first time (nursery schools notional SEN accounts for £7.8 million, £9.5 million and £10.3 million of the respective 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 totals). In 2005-06 and 2006-07, local authorities also budgeted £499.6 million and £528.5 million for SEN transport expenditure but this is not included in the above table as figures are not available prior to 2005-06.
(3) Includes planned expenditure on the provision of education at Pupil Referral Units as defined in section 19 of the 1996 Act. In addition to the figures quoted above, Pupil Referral Units were also allocated School Standards Grants of £7.6 million in 2006-07.
1. Figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000 and may not sum due to rounding.
2. The data are drawn from local authorities section 52 Budget Statements (tables 1 and 2) submitted to the DfES. Data are not available prior to 2000-01.
3. Cash terms figures as reported by local authorities as at 18 April 2007.
John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average spending per pupil was in each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in the County of Durham in each of the last five years. 
Jim Knight: The available information has been placed in the House Library.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of school sport helpers who have begun working in schools in the last six months. 
Jim Knight: Through the national School Sport Strategys sports leadership and volunteering programme:
6,433 young volunteers are engaged in sports volunteering in their schools and local communities; and,
over 16,000 students were this year involved in planning and running over 1,800 festivals of sport and sports days.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has given schools on the use and suitability of temporary classrooms; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The Departments guidance encourages authorities and schools to fully consider and compare the costs and benefits of options for the provision of accommodation.
Central Government capital support for investment in schools has increased from under £700 million in 1996-97 to £6.4 billion in 2007-08 and will rise further to £8 billion by 2010-11. Progress is being made year by year in improving the quality of the school building stock. Given the high levels of funding, authorities have the opportunity to replace temporary classrooms where they are considered to be unsuitable.
|Table 1: number( 1) of registered child care places for children under eight years of age in out of school day careposition at 31 March each year|
|London boroughs||1997( 2)||2006( 2)|
|n/a = Not available.|
(1) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 100 places.
(2) Data source: Childrens Day Care Facilities Survey.
(3) Data source: Ofsted.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in (a) secondary and (b) primary schools were taught in temporary accommodation in each London borough in each year since 1997. 
Jim Knight: Data showing numbers of temporary buildings have been received from local education authorities for three years since 1997, but the data do not show numbers of pupils taught in those buildings.
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