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|Table C: Unauthorised absence in academies|
|(1) No information received. (2) Former City Technology Colleges that have converted to Academy status. (3) Percentage of half days missed due to unauthorised absence is less than 0.1 per cent. Source: Achievement and Attainment Tables.|
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the proposals contained in the public law outline on (a) the time taken to complete and (b) the costs of cases coming to court. 
The judiciary are currently seeking views on a revised public law outline, designed to reduce unnecessary delay by providing a more streamlined case management process for public law care cases. The current six case management stages, within the existing case management protocol are reduced to four. The public law outline proposals take forward a key recommendation contained in the Review of the Child Care Proceedings System in England and Wales, commissioned jointly by the former Department for Constitutional Affairs and the former Department for Education and Skills and published in May 2006. The reviews recommendations are intended to achieve better outcomes for children, as well as helping to ensure that resources across the family justice system are used to best effect. Reduction in unnecessary delay together with an increased emphasis on pre-proceedings preparation should contribute to a containment of costs.
The latest figures on the numbers and percentage of children subject to child protection plans or placed on the child protection register were published in a statistical first release 045/2006 Referrals, Assessments and Children and Young People on Child Protection Registers, EnglandYear ending 31 March 2006 on 16 November 2006. A copy of this release is available on my Departments website:
The Working Together to Safeguard Children: Every Child Matters guidance published in 2006 by the Government sets out the clear processes to be followed by agencies if there are concerns about a childs welfare. A copy of this document is available from the Library.
Dan Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what resources have been provided to primary and secondary schools by his Department to ensure improved teaching of issues relating to climate change; and what future such resourcing is planned. 
Jim Knight: In May 2007, DCSF and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs sent a climate change pack to every secondary school in England. The online teacher guidance accompanying the pack provided material to support the teaching of climate change in geography, science and citizenship. DCSF has also funded a carbon detective kit for pupils aged seven to 14 to help them investigate the sustainability performance of their own school www.carbondetectives.org.uk. The pack and detective kit are part of the wider DCSF sustainable schools programme, which aims to embed sustainability in the curriculum, how schools operate (e.g. reducing energy and water usage) and in their work with the local community:
As part of the action plan for geography launched in March 2006, teaching resources are being developed for the new secondary curriculum to be taught in schools from September 2008, and they include modules on climate change. This work will be linked to wider guidance being developed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to support the implementation of the new curriculum.
In addition to work being supported by DCSF, DEFRA has sponsored a number of projects aimed at raising awareness of climate change through the climate challenge fund. Seventeen out of the 83 projects have schools as their main audience or have specifically targeted aspects of their project. These
projects include a wide variety of resources from online tools, workshops for teachers, DVDs, peer to peer education and touring exhibitions:
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what legislative provisions introduced by his Departments predecessor since 1997 have not yet been brought into force. 
|Education Act 2002|
|Childcare Act 2006|
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