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Part-time equivalent number of free early education places( 1,2) filled by three and four-year-olds—Sunderland local authority area—position in January each year
3-year-olds 4-year-olds
maintained nursery and primary schools( 3) other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers total 3-year-olds maintained nursery and primary schools( 4) other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers total 4-year-olds

1997

2,400

n/a

2,400

n/a

n/a

(5,6)3,700

1998

2,300

n/a

2,300

n/a

n/a

(5,6)3,600

1999

2,300

n/a

2,300

n/a

n/a

(5,6)3,400

2000

2,600

(7)340

2,900

n/a

n/a

(5,6)3,400

2001

2,400

(7)400

2,800

n/a

n/a

(5,6)3,300

2002

2,400

(7)860

3,300

3,100

(5)160

3,200

2003

2,400

(7)370

2,800

3,000

(8)150

3,200

2004

2,300

(9)400

2,700

3,000

(10)160

3,100

2005

2,300

(9)370

2,700

2,800

(10)150

3,000

2006

2,300

(9)370

2,700

2,700

(10)140

2,800

2007

2,300

(9)390

2,700

2,800

(10)140

2,900

n/a = not available.
(1) A place is equal to five or more sessions and can be filled by more than one child.
(2) Figures are rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1,000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise.
(3) Headcount of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the School Census.
(4) Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the School Census.
5. Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.
(6) For the years 1997-2001, four-year-old sub national figures from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise can not be disaggregated between the maintained and private, voluntary and independent sectors.
(7) Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.
(8) Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census supplementary data collection exercise and the School Census.
(9) Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the School Census.
(10) Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the School Census.

The latest figures on early education places for three and four-year-olds in England were published in Statistical First Release (SFR) 19/2007 “Provision for children under five years of age in England: January 2007”, available on my Department’s website:

Pupil Exclusions

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils received a (i) permanent exclusion and (ii) temporary exclusion in the last 10 years, broken down by age. [181121]

Kevin Brennan: The readily available information relates to the number of permanent and fixed period exclusions by age across primary, secondary(1 )and special schools and is published annually by the Department. From the 2003/04 school year the figures can be found in the Statistical First Release ‘DCSF: Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions from Schools and Exclusion Appeals in England’, the latest of which can be accessed at:

Figures for 2002/03 were published in the Statistical First Release ‘Permanent Exclusions from Maintained Schools’ available at:

Figures for 2001/02 and earlier were published in the Statistical Bulletin: ‘Permanent Exclusions from Maintained Schools’, which can be accessed at:

Equivalent publications are available for earlier years.

Information on fixed period exclusions is only available from 2003/04 onwards; and in 2005/06 the available information relates to secondary schools only.

Copies of tables showing the number of exclusions by age have been placed in the House Library.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department collects on the proportion of excluded pupils from families in each income decile; and if he will make a statement. [181800]

Jim Knight: The requested information is not collected centrally.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of pupils were given (a) permanent and (b) fixed period exclusions in schools with (i) less than 10 per cent. free school meals pupils, (ii) more than 10 per cent. free school meals pupils and (iii) more than 30 per cent. free school meals pupils; [182750]

(2) how many (a) school action and (b) school action plus special educational needs pupils were given a fixed period exclusion in the last 12 months; [182751]

(3) how many and what proportion of school action plus pupils were persistent truants in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by local authority. [182752]

Kevin Brennan: The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate costs.

Pupil Exclusions: Easington

John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were excluded from schools in Easington constituency in each year since 2004. [182659]

Kevin Brennan: The available information is provided in the tables.


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Maintained primary and secondary schools( 1) : Number of permanent exclusions 2003/04 to 2005/06—Easington parliamentary constituency
Permanent exclusions( 2)
Number Percentage

2003/04

16

0.13

2004/05

17

0.14

2005/06

13

0.11

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Figures are as reported by schools.
Source:
School Census

Maintained primary and secondary schools( 1) : Number of fixed period exclusions 2003/04 to 2005/06—Easington parliamentary constituency
Primary schools Secondary schools
Number Percentage Number Percentage

2003/04

51

0.67

684

(2)14.15

2004/05

76

1.03

596

(2)12.43

2005/06

n/a

n/a

458

(3)9.52

n/a = Not available
(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Data on fixed period exclusions have been sourced from the Termly Exclusions Survey.
(3) Data on fixed period exclusions have been sourced from the School Census. In 2005/06 fixed period exclusions are available for secondary schools only.
Source:
Termly Exclusions Survey and School Census

Pupils: Offensive Weapons

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department provides on procedures for dealing with (a) guns, (b) knives and (c) other weapons after they have been confiscated by teachers from students; [182745]

(2) what guidance his Department has given to (a) schools and (b) teachers on their powers to confiscate weapons from students; [182780]

(3) how many (a) guns, (b) knives and (c) other weapons have been confiscated by teachers from (i) primary school students and (ii) secondary school students in each of the last 12 months; [182781]

(4) how many teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have confiscated (i) guns, (ii) knives and (iii) other weapons from pupils in each of the last 12 months. [182783]

Jim Knight: We have issued guidance to school staff on how to comply with the law when they screen pupils at random or search, without consent, a pupil whom they suspect has a weapon. Our guidance includes advice on the power to seize anything that could be used as an offensive weapon and states that any suspected illegal weapon, once seized after a search or screening, must be delivered to the police as soon as is reasonably practical. The guidance, ‘Screening and Searching of Pupils for Weapons: Guidance for School Staff’(May 2007) is at

We do not collect data on the confiscation of weapons by school staff.


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School Meals

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what methodology his Department and the Schools Food Trust use to access the take-up of school meals in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; and if he will make a statement. [181790]

Kevin Brennan: Since 2006, the School Food Trust (SFT) has undertaken an annual survey of all local authorities, which has asked them to provide information about school lunch take-up, both primary and secondary, in their area.

School lunch take-up is now included in the local government National Indicator Set and is an indicator for PSA 12 of the 2007 Comprehensive spending review (‘improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people’). Following these developments, the Department is working with the Trust to develop a standard methodology for collecting school lunch take-up information for future SFT surveys. We will shortly be consulting key stakeholders before making a final decision on that future methodology.

Schools: Catering

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained mainstream schools do not have school kitchens. [182244]

Jim Knight: The Government do not collect this information. However, in its second annual survey of take-up of school meals in England (published in September 2007) the School Food Trust reported that 22.3 per cent. of primary schools and 0.8 per cent. of secondary schools did not have facilities for food preparation.

Schools: Fire Extinguishers

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have been fitted with fire sprinkler systems in accordance with the guidance in Building Bulletin 100: Design for Fire Safety in Schools; and how many planned new schools are to be fitted with such sprinklers. [181546]

Jim Knight: We do not keep information on the details of new school designs. However it is our policy is that all new primary and secondary schools will have fire sprinklers installed. Therefore all schools designed after the introduction of our new policy in February 2007 should have sprinkler systems, apart from a few cases where the new schools are at a very low risk of fire and where sprinklers would not represent good value for money.


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