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Primary schools inspected between 2003/04 and 2005/06
School name Streamed or setted lessons observed No streamed or setted lessons observed Inspection year Open/closed

Courthill First School

No

Yes

2004/05

Open

Hamworthy First School and Nursery

No

Yes

2005/06

Open

Lilliput Church of England Voluntary Controlled First School

No

Yes

2005/06

Open

Old Town First School and Nursery

No

Yes

2003/04

Open

St. Aldhelm's Church of England Voluntary Aided Combined School

Yes

No

2004/05

Open

St. Mary's Catholic Combined School, Poole

No

Yes

2004/05

Open

Sylvan First School

No

Yes

2004/05

Open

Turlin Moor Community First School

No

Yes

2005/06

Open

Turlin Moor Community Middle School

No

Yes

2005/06

Open


Secondary schools inspected between 1996/97 and 2002/03
School name Streamed lessons observed Setted lessons observed No streamed or setted lessons observed Inspection year Open/closed

Carter Community College

Yes

Yes

No

1998/99

Open

Carter Community College

Yes

Yes

No

2001/02

Open

Poole High School

Yes

Yes

No

1997/98

Open

St. Edward's Roman Catholic/Church of England School, Poole

Yes

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

St. Edward's Roman Catholic/Church of England School, Poole

No

Yes

No

2002/03

Open


Secondary schools inspected between 2003/04 and 2005/06
School name Streamed or setted lessons observed No streamed or setted lessons observed Inspection year Open/closed

Poole High School

Yes

No

2003/04

Open


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Specialist Diplomas: Engineering

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with representatives from universities on the content of the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering. [155069]

Jim Knight: Representatives from the higher education sector have been fully involved in the design and development of all 14-19 diplomas through the Diploma Development Partnerships, as well as through our Higher Education Engagement Project Board.

Students successfully completing a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering will be well prepared for entry into higher education. Representatives of HE, including the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Professors Council and Russell Group representatives have all been involved in developing Level 3 diploma content. In addition a group consisting of engineering and mathematics professors, higher education tutors and other education experts has developed an optional specialist module which will be appropriate for diploma students seeking entry onto undergraduate courses leading to Chartered Engineer status.

Teachers: Training

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what discussions he has had with the Minister for Women and Equality on the decision to require mature students born before 1 September 1979 to have a GCSE at grade C or above (or recognised equivalent) in science in order to begin initial teacher training; [148758]

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of applicants for initial teacher training courses since 2006 who have had applications voided as a result of the decision to require mature students born before 1 September 1979 to have a GCSE at grade C or above (or recognised equivalent) in science in order to begin initial teacher training. [148757]

Jim Knight: Prior to October 2006, teacher training providers were required to ensure that all candidates entering primary teacher training had achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examination in a science subject. This was because primary trainees were normally required to teach the whole curriculum, including maths, English and science and would be better prepared to train to teach these subjects if they have demonstrated the GCSE equivalent in them. However, an exemption had been applied for those born before 1 September 1979 as this coincided with the date at which science became compulsory at key stage 4 of the National Curriculum for people born after that date.

I have had no meetings with the Minister for Women and Equality. Last year the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) took advice from the DTI (the sponsors of the legislation) and from ACAS and both confirmed that the original requirement which referred to entrants born after 1 September 1979 would be discriminatory as defined by the new age discrimination legislation that came into force on 1 October 2006.


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In order to comply with the new legislation, the TDA therefore removed the exemption for those born before 1 September 1979 and applied the requirement to all primary entrants recruited on or after 1 October 2006, and alerted training providers to the change in the entry requirement. Offers made prior to this date for places on courses beginning after it could stand as they were made prior to the legislation being introduced but any candidates offered places after 1 October 2007 would need to demonstrate the GCSE science standard.

The requirement is for a standard of science knowledge, rather than a requirement to hold a particular qualification, and applicants with no formal qualifications in science can demonstrate this standard via a variety of means. Some teacher training providers offer equivalency tests; others use subject knowledge audits to test this standard. Some providers have worked with further education colleges to offer extra GCSE science courses and the TDA has worked with both providers and their associations to ensure that effective practice in meeting the needs of applicants is shared.

No data are held on the number of unsuccessful applications to primary initial teacher training and it is not therefore possible to determine whether any applications have been voided as a result of removing the exemption for older applicants.

Teaching Methods: Gravesend

Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Gravesham use (a) streaming and (b) setting. [149304]

Jim Knight: This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 27 July 2007:

Primary schools inspected between 1996-97 and 2002-03
School name Streamed lessons observed Setted lessons observed No streamed or setted lessons observed Inspection year Open/ closed

Cecil Road Primary and Nursery School

No

No

Yes

2000

Open

Chantry Primary School

No

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

Chantry Primary School

No

No

Yes

2000/01

Open

Cobham Primary School

No

No

Yes

1998/99

Open

Culverstone Green Primary School

No

No

Yes

1997/98

Open

Culverstone Green Primary School

No

Yes

No

2001/02

Open

Dover Road Community Primary School

Yes

Yes

No

1997/98

Open

Dover Road Community Primary School

No

Yes

No

2003/03

Open

Higham Primary School

No

Yes

No

1997/98

Open

Higham Primary School

No

Yes

No

2003/03

Open

Holy Trinity Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

No

Yes

No

1998/99

Open

Istead Rise Primary School

No

No

Yes

1997/98

Open

Kings Farm Primary School

No

Yes

No

1997/98

Open

Kings Farm Primary School

No

Yes

No

2000/01

Open

Lawn Primary School

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

Lawn Primary School

No

No

Yes

2000

Open

Meopham Community Primary School

No

Yes

No

1998/99

Open

Northcourt Primary School

Yes

Yes

No

1996/97

Closed

Northcourt Primary School

No

No

Yes

2002/03

Closed

Painters Ash Primary School

No

No

Yes

1998/99

Open

Raynehurst Infant School and Nursery

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Closed

Raynehurst Infant School and Nursery

No

Yes

No

2000

Closed

Raynehurst Junior School

No

Yes

No

1998/99

Closed

Riverview Infant School

No

No

Yes

2000/01

Open

Riverview Junior School

No

Yes

No

1998/99

Open

Rosherville Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

Rosherville Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School

Yes

Yes

No

2000

Open

Shears Green Infant School

No

No

Yes

1997/98

Open

Shears Green Infant School

No

No

Yes

2002/03

Open

Shears Green Junior School

No

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

Shears Green Junior School

No

Yes

No

2001/02

Open

Shorne Church of England Voluntary Controlled

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

Shorne Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

No

No

Yes

2000

Open

Singlewell Primary School

No

Yes

No

1997/98

Open

Singlewell Primary School

No

No

Yes

2003/03

Open

St Botolph's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

No

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

St Botolph's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

No

No

Yes

2000/01

Open

St John's Catholic Primary School, Gravesend

No

Yes

No

1996/97

Open

St John's Catholic Primary School, Gravesend

No

Yes

No

2001/02

Open

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Northfleet

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Northfleet

No

No

Yes

2000/01

Open

Vigo Village School

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

Vigo Village School

No

No

Yes

2000/01

Open

Vigo Village School

No

Yes

No

2002/03

Open

Westcourt Primary School

No

No

Yes

1996/97

Open

Westcourt Primary School

Yes

Yes

No

2000/01

Open

Whitehill Infants' and Nursery School

No

No

Yes

2001/02

Closed

Whitehill Junior School

Yes

Yes

No

1997/98

Closed

Wrotham Road Primary School

No

Yes

No

1997/98

Open


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