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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.
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. 
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. 
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 Commissions 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.
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. 
2006-07£12,000 (Studio Schools concept)
2006-07£25,000 (Phase II of the Studio Schools concept)
2007-08£25,000 (Phase III of the Studio Schools project)
2007-08£60,000 pending as field trial grant
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 Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) is exploring how Studio Schools might link with the Academies programme. To inform this work
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.
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 Countrywhich includes Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhamptonhad been chosen as one of the regions to benefit from the new City Challenge
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.
A sharp drop in underperforming schools, particularly focusing on English and Maths
More outstanding schools
Significant improvements in educational outcomes for disadvantaged children.
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. 
Jim Knight: The Departments 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 Departments national participation estimates, which are available at the following link:
(1) Estimates are for people of academic age 16 to 19.
|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|
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