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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2007, Official Report, column 363W, on physical education what measures have been put in place to ensure the accuracy of the data provided by schools as part of the annual school sport surveys; 
Jim Knight: Activemark, Sportsmark and Sport Partnership Mark are awarded annually in recognition of outstanding delivery of the national PE, School Sport and Club Links strategy. The awards are open to schools and school sport partnerships, which are automatically assessed for them through the annual national school sport survey.
A validation exercise is undertaken by a team of independent researchers to verify the accuracy of the survey returns. In 2005/06, the validation exercise involved visits to 10 per cent. of partnerships, selected at random. The independent researchers concluded that the majority of schools kept auditable records of the figures which they submitted, and did not uncover any systematic misreporting of data.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of current pupils have received (a) a fixed period exclusion more than once and (b) a permanent exclusion, broken down by (i) pupils receiving and not receiving free school meals, (ii) gender and (iii) ethnicity. 
|Maintained primary, secondary and special schools( 1) : Pupils excluded for a fixed period more than once by free school meal eligibility, gender and ethnic group|
|Pupils with two or more fixed period exclusions|
|n/a = Not applicable. (1) Includes middle schools as deemed. Excludes non-maintained special schools. (2) Number of fixed period exclusions expressed as a percentage of the total school population of same gender, free school meal eligibility or ethnic group. (3) Information of pupils' ethnicity and free school meal eligibility was not collected in the Termly Exclusions Survey. The ethnic and free school meal breakdown for fixed period exclusions given here was established by linking the dataset with the 2005 School Census database. No link was available for just over 2 per cent. of records. (4) Total includes 1,892 pupils for whom free school meal eligibility was unclassified. (5 )Pupils of compulsory school age and above have been classified according to their ethnic group. (6 )Includes those pupils for whom information on their ethnic group was not sought, refused or is missing. Note: Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown. Source: Termly Exclusions Survey.|
|Maintained primary, secondary and all special schools( 1) : Number of permanent exclusions by gender and ethnic group 2004-05 estimates( 2) , England|
|n/a = Not applicable. (1) Includes middle schools as deemed. Includes non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. (2) Figures relating to permanent exclusions are estimates based on incomplete pupil level data. (3 )Number of permanent exclusions expressed as a percentage of the total school population of same gender or ethnic group. (4 )Pupils of compulsory school age and above have been classified according to their ethnic group. (5) Includes those pupils for whom information on their ethnic group was not sought, refused or is missing. Note: Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown. Source: School Census.|
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