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|Maintained secondary schools( 1) : Number of fixed period exclusions by ethnic group and gender( 2) , England, 2005/06|
|Fixed period exclusions|
|Number||Percentage of school population( 3)||Number||Percentage of school population( 3)||Number||Percentage of school population( 3)|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.|
(2 )Includes pupils of compulsory school age and above only, so totals shown here will not match those given previously. Excludes dually registered pupils. Also excludes pupils for whom age is unclassified (140 cases of fixed period exclusion).
(3) The number of excluded pupils expressed as a percentage of the school population of compulsory school age and above in each ethnic group.
(4) Includes pupils whose ethnic information was not sought or refused.
Totals may not appear to equal the sum of component parts because numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Kevin Brennan: The effectiveness of pupil referral units is judged by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) as part of the normal regime for the inspection of schools. Ofsteds latest annual report (2006/07) showed that 52 per cent. of pupil referral units were good or outstanding overall. 33 per cent. were satisfactory and 14 per cent. were inadequate.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many incidents of bullying occurred in schools in each local education authority area of England in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to encourage more school students to participate in competitive sport; and what plans he has to take steps further to improve the rate. 
Kevin Brennan: Increasing inter and intra-school sporting opportunities is a key component of the national school sport strategy, which is delivered jointly by the Department for Children Schools and Families and the Department for Culture Media and Sport.
98 per cent. of schools held a competitive sports day,
58 per cent. of pupils were involved in intra-school competition, and
35 per cent. of all pupils were involved in inter-school competition.
Earlier this year the Prime Minister announced extra funding to extend the number of competition managers to at least 225 by the beginning of 2009. Competition managers are creating a stronger framework for competitive sport and working across primary and secondary schools to increase the amount of competitive sport they offer.
In addition we are introducing a new national school sport week, championed by Dame Kelly Holmes, to encourage all schools to run sports days and tournaments. This will build on the success of the UK School Games and its impact on motivating young people to take part in competitive sport.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to assist schools increasing participation in extra-curricular sports. 
Kevin Brennan [holding answer 18 December 2007]: The Departments for Culture, Media and Sport, and Children, Schools and Families, are working together to deliver the National School Sport Strategy. The strategys current aim is to increase the percentage of five to 16-year-olds participating in at least two hours a week of high quality PE and sport at school and, from 2008/09, the percentage of five to 19-year-olds participating in at least three further hours a week of sporting opportunities, in and out of school.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) absence rate and (b) unauthorised absence rate was in secondary schools with (i) up to and including 500 pupils, (ii) 501 to 1,000 pupils, (iii) 1,001 to 1,500 pupils, (iv) 1,501 to 2,000 pupils and (v) more than 2,000 pupils in the latest period for which figures are available. 
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