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Schools: Standards

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have been placed in special measures more than once since 1997. [171033]


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Jim Knight: Between 1 September 1997 and 3 December 2007, 51 schools have been placed in special measures more than once following an inspection by Ofsted. This number represents 2.9 per cent. of the total number of schools placed in the special measures category during this period. 11 of the 51 schools have now closed.

Secondary Education: Standards

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils at Key Stage 4 gained (a) no qualifications and (b) no GCSEs in 2007. [169141]

Jim Knight: The available information is published in table 1 and table 8 of the Statistical First Release “GCSE and equivalent results in England 2006/07 (provisional)” which is available at:

The percentage of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 who gained no qualifications was 0.9 per cent.

The percentage of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 who did not gain at least a grade G in any GCSE subject was 3 per cent.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of the total number of pupils at Key Stage 4 who gained no qualifications in the latest period for which figures are available were eligible for free school meals. [169144]

Jim Knight: The available information is published in table 8 of the Statistical First Release “National Curriculum Assessment, GCSE and Equivalent Attainment and Post-16 Attainment by Pupil Characteristics, in England 2006/07” which is available at:

The percentage of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 who were eligible for free school meals who achieved no qualifications (i.e. did not achieve the equivalent of a grade G at GCSE in any subject in 2006/07) was 5.4 per cent., with 94.6 per cent. achieving the equivalent of at least one pass. The corresponding percentage of pupils who were not eligible for free school meals was 1.9 per cent., with 98.1 per cent. achieving the equivalent of at least one pass.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained mainstream schools there were in which pupils at Key Stage 4 achieved no qualifications in the latest period for which figures are available. [169145]

Jim Knight: 2007 data are not yet published. The data will be published in January and then placed in the House of Commons Library where the data for previous years can already be found.

Special Educational Needs

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate is of the average time to statement a child in each local authority area. [169839]


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Jim Knight: The Department for Children, Schools and Families has not made any estimate of average time taken to conduct a statutory assessment and prepare a statement for a child with special educational needs (SEN).

The Audit Commission collect and publish information on the performance of local authorities against Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPIs). BVPI 43 (a) and (b) measure the percentage of draft SEN statements prepared within the statutory 18 weeks and issued by the authority in a financial year. Guidance on these indicators and published data is available from the Audit Commission’s website.

From April 2008, we plan to replace BVPI 43 with a national indicator as part of the national indicator set, on which the Department for Communities and Local Government are currently consulting. The indicator will look at the percentage of statements finalised within 26 weeks.

Specialist Schools and Academies Trust National Conference

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons his speech to the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust National Conference was deferred from 28 November to 29 November; and if he will make a statement. [172176]

Ed Balls: I moved my speech at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust National Conference from 28 November to 29 November due to urgent parliamentary business.

Studio Schools

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research he has commissioned into studio schools. [169132]

Jim Knight: The former Department for Education and Skills’ (DFES) Innovation Unit provided funding to the Young Foundation to develop its Studio Schools concept as follows:

DFES Innovation Unit

The IU Ltd.

In September 2007 a national trial of the Studio Schools concept commenced at Barnfield College, Luton (linked with Barnfield West Academy) where 28 students will be following a Studio Schools-designed curriculum. This pilot is run by the Innovation Unit and the Young Foundation. It will run for a year and involve 90 students. Another short pilot is planned for Newham over summer next year (2008) to give 60 students a six week studio school experience.

The lessons from these pilots will be used by the Young Foundation and the Innovation Unit to inform the development of other studio schools.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) is exploring how Studio Schools might link with the Academies programme. To inform this work
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DCSF has engaged consultants to look at the current Studio School pilot in Luton and to discuss the concept with the Young Foundation and other local authorities which have expressed an interest.

Teachers: Labour Turnover

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many head teachers left the profession in each year between 1997 and 2007. [169137]

Jim Knight: Information on the number of teachers leaving service is not available broken down by grade including head teachers.

Teaching: Standards

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to increase standards of teaching in the West Midlands. [167897]

Jim Knight [holding answer 26 November 2007]: Standards of teaching and learning in primary and secondary schools have risen substantially since 1997. This is as a result of a number of factors, including challenge and support through the Primary and Secondary National Strategies. They provide; continuing professional development to primary and secondary schools to support them in raising standards in teaching; support better use of pupil performance data and challenge schools and local authorities to set ambitious targets for their pupils. In 2007-08 funding of £45 million was provided for the West Midlands in 2007-08 to support improvement programmes in teaching and learning with specific focus on core subjects through the National Strategies.

Earlier this year, the Government announced that the Black Country—which includes Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton—had been chosen as one of the regions to benefit from the new City Challenge
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programme. This programme will be formally launched in April 2008, and the region will receive about £28 million over the next three years to support around 190,000 pupils in those local authorities.

The main objectives of the programme are:

Youth Unemployment and Training Greater London

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) 16, (b) 17, (c) 18 and (d) 19 year old (i) women and (ii) men were receiving education or training but were not in employment in each London borough in each of the last 10 years. [169829]

Jim Knight: The Department’s estimates of the number and proportion of young people in education, employment or training cannot be disaggregated to regional or local authority level. However, it is possible to produce estimates of the number and proportion of 16 to 19-year-olds(1) in education or training but not in employment by local authority using the Annual Population Survey (APS), formerly the Local Labour Force Survey (LLFS). The estimates for London boroughs are shown in the following table. It is not possible to break down the estimates by gender or single age because of insufficient sample sizes. Figures are only available since 2001/02.

As with all survey estimates, the estimates from the APS and LLFS are subject to sampling error. Estimates from the APS and LLFS will not be directly comparable to the Department’s national participation estimates, which are available at the following link:


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Estimates of the number and proportion of young people aged 16 to 19 in education or training but not in employment by local authority( 1)
LLFS 2001/02 LLFS 2002/03 LLFS 2003/04
Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage

Barking and Dagenham

1,700

18

2,400

27

1,600

23

Barnet

4,900

44

5,700

46

7,800

45

Bexley

3,000

28

4,300

31

3,300

27

Brent

7,900

48

8,000

57

6,500

47

Bromley

3,700

30

5,100

47

3,400

30

Camden

3,800

45

4,500

55

3,500

47

Croydon

4,600

33

4,400

26

4,800

26

Ealing

6,100

52

10,000

57

7,800

62

Enfield

5,300

48

3,600

33

6,000

42

Greenwich

3,700

36

3,300

35

4,200

37

Hackney

2,600

35

6,300

69

5,400

58

Hammersmith and Fulham

2,200

40

3,200

59

3,200

46

Haringey

6,000

59

5,600

46

5,400

57

Harrow

5,900

56

5,900

50

5,100

45

Havering

2,900

33

3,300

25

3,100

21

Hillingdon

2,600

22

3,900

35

4,400

43

Hounslow

4,400

32

5,000

45

5,000

44

Islington

2,900

40

3,800

53

6,000

57

Kensington and Chelsea

2,900

53

5,000

66

4,500

57

Kingston upon Thames

2,400

41

2,900

35

3,000

36

Lambeth

6,700

49

5,300

41

5,200

49

Lewisham

4,000

43

4,000

47

3,000

31

Merton

3,600

40

1,100

16

1,600

28

Newham

8,200

51

6,500

43

9,000

58

Redbridge

4,900

42

5,100

45

5,900

53

Richmond upon Thames

3,100

46

2,000

32

4,800

64

Southwark

5,100

49

5,300

46

7,100

50

Sutton

1,400

18

1,400

17

1,400

22

Tower Hamlets

6,200

49

7,400

57

4,800

53

Waltham Forest

4,000

31

3,600

37

4,900

54

Wandsworth

2,600

31

5,000

57

3,200

40

Westminster(2)

5,100

67

4,200

55

4,300

54


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