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Bill Rammell

Date Group


9 January

Federation of Student Islamic Societies

10 January

Age Concern England

22 January

Trade Union Congress

23 January

Universities UK

25 January

Trade Union Congress

21 February

University and College Admissions Service; Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE

28 February

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education; Core Skills Development Partnership; Union Learn

6 March

The Children's Society

8 March

SOS!SEN (Special Educational Needs); Dyslexia Now

29 March

1994 Group

Parmjit Dhanda

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Date Group


9 January

Parenting UK; Parentline Plus

15 January

National Children's Home

22 January

Coram family; National Children's Bureau; 4 children; Futurebuilders

24 January

Alistair Bennett Football Foundation

5 February

British Pig Executive

28 February

The Marine Society and Sea Cadets

8 March

YMCA England

22 March

Confederation of British Industry; Healthcare Commission; National Youth Agency; Parentline Plus; Teenage Pregnancy Strategy's Independent Advisory Group; NCH Children's Charities; National Council for Voluntary Youth Services; The Children's Society; Coram Family; Association of Chief Police Officers; National Children's Bureau; National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations; Association of School and College Leaders; Children's Rights Alliance for England; Association of Directors of Children's Services; National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Child Health and United Nations Children's Fund

Andrew Adonis

Date Group


4 January

Diocese of London—Anglican Church

8 January

The Young Foundation

9 January

British Edutrust

10 January

Boarding Schools' Association

11 January


16 January


17 January

Disabled Children Stakeholder Group

18 January

Haberdasher Askes Foundation CFBT—Education Trust Oxford Diocese

22 January

The Drapers Company

23 January

Teach First Association of Educational Psychologists; Children's Workforce Development Council

24 January

Council for Disabled Children and Contact a Family, Every Disabled Child Matters

2 February


6 February

Federation of Music Services

7 February

Granada Learning and Man Investments

14 February


19 February

Disability Equality in Education and Alliance for Inclusive Education

27 February

VT Group plc

7 March

Independent Schools Council

22 March

Association of School and College Leaders

22 March

Business in the Community

27 March

Tyne and Wear Autistic Society

29 March


Phil Hope

Date Group


30 January

Trade Union Congress

7 February

Diploma Development Partnership—Summit Skills; BBC; Sector Skills Council (SEMTA); Skills for Health and e-skills

13 February

Automotive Skills; Cogent, e-skills UK; Improve; Lifelong Learning UK; Skills for Care; Skills for Health and Skills for Justice

14 February

Improve Ltd., Lantra; Financial Services Skills Council; People lst, Habia

21 February

Centre for Excellence in Leadership; Association of Directors of Childrens' services; Skillsset; e-skills; Federation of Awarding Bodies; Joint Council of Qualifications

28 March

Association of Learner Providers

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Faith Schools

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new faith schools have been established in the last 10 years; and what proportion of these schools receive state funding. [141087]

Jim Knight: Some 490 faith schools have been established since 1 January 1997. These comprise: 253 local authority maintained schools, 16 academies and 221 independent schools. A significant proportion of the maintained schools and academies were established in place of one or more closing faith schools. The local authority maintained schools and academies are funded from the public purse and, therefore, 55 per cent. of these new or replacement faith schools receive state funding.

Faith Schools: Catholicism

Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children meeting the demonstration of faith criteria for acceptance to a Catholic secondary school were unable to obtain a place at a Catholic secondary school in (a) the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, (b) the London borough of Kingston-upon-Thames and (c) London as a whole in the last three years for which figures are available. [139943]

Jim Knight: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Faith Schools: Islam

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Muslim faith schools there are; what estimate he has made of the likely number in 2010; and if he will make a statement. [141071]

Jim Knight: There are 123 Muslim faith schools open as at 5 June 2007. These comprise: 116 independent schools and seven voluntary aided schools, with a further three voluntary aided schools planned to open on 1 September 2007.

The provision of state school places is determined by each local authority, with the provision of independent school places being a matter for each business provider. As such, it is not possible to give an estimate of the number of Muslim schools in 2010.

Foster Care: Death

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many fatalities of young people in (a) foster and (b) residential care have taken place in England since 2000. [139796]

Mr. Dhanda: Information on the number of fatalities of young people in (a) foster and (b) residential care that have taken place in England since 2000 is not collected centrally by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).

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Foundation Degrees

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of colleges which are likely to gain powers to award foundation degrees in each region by (a) 2010, (b) 2012 and (c) 2014. [140717]

Bill Rammell [holding answer 6 June]: The Department has not produced any estimate of the number of further education institutions that are likely to be granted foundation degree-awarding powers under proposals in the Further Education and Training Bill. However, it is likely that only a small number, mostly from the mixed economy group of colleges which currently provide 14 per cent. of all foundation degree provision, will be able to satisfy the criteria necessary to be awarded foundation degree-awarding powers.

Guidance issued to applicants will specify that an institution will be expected to have at least four years' experience, immediately prior to the year of application, of delivering higher education programmes at a level equivalent to the foundation degree. An applicant institution will also undergo a rigorous process of assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The required standards will be high, and it is to be expected that only top-performing further education institutions with a strong track record of delivering foundation degree courses will be recommended to the Privy Council for the powers to award foundation degrees.

GCE A-Level

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what average A-level results were obtained by pupils at (a) state city academies and (b) other schools at A-level in 2006. [141023]

Jim Knight [holding answer 7 June 2007]: The information required is in the following table.

2006 average Level 3 QCA point score for pupils attending academies and other schools
Average QCA point score by candidates( 1) achieving all Level 3 qualifications( 2,3)



Schools excluding academies


All schools


(1) For pupils ages 16 to 18 at the start of the 2005/06 academic year i.e. 31 August 2005.
(2) GCE or VCE A level or other Level 3 qualification equivalent in size to an A-level.
(3) Cumulative results obtained in academic years 2004/05 and 2005/06.


Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 692W, on GCSEs, (1) what proportion of 15-year-olds attending (a) independent mainstream schools and (b) maintained mainstream schools achieved five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and mathematics in each year since 1997 (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of pupils entered for a full GCSE in both English and mathematics in each year since 1997; [130267]

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(2) when he expects to answer question 130267, on GCSEs, tabled by the hon. member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton on 22 March 2007; [134335]

(3) when he will answer question 130267, on the educational attainment of 15-year-olds, tabled by the
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hon. Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton on 22 March 2007. [139095]

Jim Knight: The information requested is given in the following table.

Percentage of 15-year-old( 1) pupils at mainstream schools to get five or more A*-C at GCSE including English and Mathematics Percentage of 15-year-old( 1) pupils at mainstream schools to get five or more A*-C at GCSE including English and Mathematics as a percentage of those to attempt a full GCSE in English and Mathematics
Maintained( 2) Independent Maintained( 2) Independent



















































1 Aged 15 at the beginning of the academic year, i.e. 31 August.
(2) Includes academies, community schools, voluntary aided schools, foundation schools and city technology colleges.

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