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Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the tender process will be for the design and build of the federated academy on the Isle of Sheppey; and what steps he has taken to ensure an open and transparent process at each stage. 
Jim Knight: In line with national academies policy through Building Schools for the Future (BSF), the project to develop and deliver the building programme will be managed by Kent Local Education Partnership (LEP).
On 17 December, Kent announced the Land Securities Trillium/Northgate Information Solutions consortia as its preferred partner. This LEP will deliver all BSF and academies projects in the Gravesham, Thanet and Swale district areas. The consortia includes a design supply chain made up of the architectural practices of Fielden Clegg Bradley, Ryder HKS, Arup and K4.
Kents preferred bidders were appointed following a 15 month procurement competition held in accordance with relevant EU legislation and overseen by Partnership
for Schools and Partnerships UK. The design element of the procurement was overseen by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and Partnerships for Schools with client design advice to Kent being provided by Gensler.
Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of potential bidders for the design and build contract for the federated academy on the Isle of Sheppey; and how many international companies have expressed interest. 
Jim Knight: Kent county council selected a preferred bidder for its first Local Education Partnership on 17 December 2007 to deliver, among other schools, the proposed Sheppey Academy. This followed a 15 month procurement competition held in line with relevant EU legislation. A total of six consortia made bids for the project and all six consortia included substantial companies with multi-national portfolios of work and substantial experience in the education sector.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what freedoms accrue to academies as a consequence of his policy that they do not have to follow national curriculum disapplication procedures; and if he will make a statement. 
who have a statement of special educational needs, under section 92 of the of the Education Act 2002;
for a temporary period, through regulations under section 93 of the Act;
to enable curriculum development or experimentation, under section 90 of the Act.
The current model funding agreement states that academies must follow the national programmes of study for all pupils in English, science, maths and ICT. However, this is not required if in the opinion of the Principal it is inappropriate to follow the national curriculum because of the pupils ability or attainment.
This allows academies the freedom to use different curriculums where pupils have already surpassed the national curriculum key Stage. It also allows academies to disapply the national curriculum if the ability of the pupil is low and they would benefit from a different approach. The latter is similar to the ability of maintained schools to disapply if the pupil has a statement of SEN.
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Jim Knight: Building Schools for the Future aims to renew all secondary schools in England where there is need, in 15 waves of investment which started from 2005-06. We have now announced the specific projects and authorities in the first six waves of Building Schools for the Future. Our delivery agent, Partnerships for Schools, is this week hosting the launch event for wave six, where school building work can start from 2010-11.
We aim this year to consult on how we manage waves seven onwards of the programme, building on the lessons we have learned from the early waves. We have already announced that we will give all authorities with projects in these waves the opportunity to revise their expressions of interest in the programme: our guidance on this will be informed by the consultation. We aim to announce which authorities will be in wave seven by the end of this year, which can access Building Schools for the Future funding from 2011-12. The exact timetable for this programme is, of course, subject to future public spending decisions.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children referred to pupil referral units as a result of their behaviour were looked after children in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what new childrens centres he plans to open in Hendon; when and where each is expected to open; what the original timetable was for opening such centres; what (a) capital and (b) revenue funding his Department expects to provide for each over the next three financial years; how many places each such centre will offer; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what childrens centres operate in Hendon; what (a) capital and (b) revenue funding his Department has provided to each such centre in the last three financial years; how many places are offered by each such centre; and if he will make a statement. 
Local authorities are responsible for the planning and implementation of Sure Start Childrens Centres in their areas. There are currently four designated childrens centres in the London borough of Barnet, two of which are located in the Hendon constituency. There are a further nine planned for designation in 2008, four of which will be located in the Hendon constituency. We have given Barnet an indicative number of a further nine centres to be delivered by 2010 to reach remaining children under five in the final phase of the roll out of childrens
centres. Revenue and capital allocations for Barnet childrens centres for each of the next three years and last three years are given in the following tables. It is the authoritys responsibility to determine allocations between individual centres. Sure Start Childrens Centres do not offer a set number of places. Each centre is expected to offer services to around 800 children under five and their families in the local community although this figure may be higher in areas of high population density. Centres in the 30 per cent. most disadvantaged areas offer childcare to some children in their area. Information is not held centrally about the number of child care places in each centre.
|Childrens Centre revenue||Sure Start, Early Years and child care capital allocation( 1)|
|(1) Includes capital funding streams for childrens centres and early years and child care quality and access. Local authorities have flexibility to decide how much to spend on each element.|
|Childrens Centre revenue||General Sure Start Grant capital allocation|
|(1) One off two-year capital allocation for 2004-06 covering childrens centres and sustainability of child care.|
(2) From 2006, capital funding streams for childrens centres, sustainability and extended schools capital were merged into the General Sure Start Grant capital allocation. Local authorities were given flexibility to decide how much to spend on each element.
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether improved joint working across agencies for services to children with speech, language and communication difficulties will be included in the statement of values for integrated working with children and young people due to be published in 2008. 
Jim Knight: No. The statement of values for integrated working describes principles and values for all childrens practitioners to follow in order to improve the outcomes for children and families. As such, it would not be appropriate for it to include specific areas of expertise.
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department will provide to children's trusts and their partners to ensure that by 2010 they have in place arrangements to provide identification and early intervention for children who need additional help; whether this guidance will include information on identifying and supporting children with communication difficulties; and if he will make a statement. 
In 2005 the Department issued Statutory Guidance on Inter-agency Co-operation to Improve the Wellbeing of Children: Children's Trusts. This describes the duties placed on local authorities
and other key partners to co-operate to improve the five outcomes for children and young peoplebe healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, making a positive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing. The guidance sets out the features of co-operation through children's trusts and provides a strategic framework within which all children's services within a local area will operate.
In addition, the Department provides a range of guidance to service providers on supporting children with additional needs. This includes the statutory guidance in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice which makes clear schools' and local authorities' responsibilities to identify and make provision for children with SEN, including those with communication difficulties, and the importance of early intervention.
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