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Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what factors determine the level of the dedicated schools grant per pupil in Plymouth is below the national average; and what the dedicated school grant per pupil is in (a) Plymouth and (b) England. 
The distribution method for Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) starts from each authoritys budgeted spend for schools in 2005-06, which largely reflects the historical allocation of resources through the Schools Formula Spending Share (FSS) formula, which gave additional funding for additional educational needs, sparsity, and area costs. The DSG per pupil for Plymouth is below the national average because it attracts no
additional funding for area costs or sparsity, and its proportion of funding for additional educational needs at 11.6 per cent. is only slightly above the national average of 11.3 per cent. for 2006-07. The DSG guaranteed unit of funding per pupil for Plymouth will be £3,889 in 2008-09, rising to £4,198 in 2010-11. The England averages are £4,066 and £4,398.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of surplus places there were in each of the last three years in (a) primary, (b) middle and (c) high schools on the Isle of Wight. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 5 February 2008]: We do not collate figures for middle schools as they are deemed to be either primary or secondary schools. The percentage of surplus places in primary and secondary schools (including middle schools) on the Isle of Wight in each of the last three years is as follows:
Jim Knight: Local authorities are responsible for deciding proposals to close schools, including rural schools. Where there is an appeal against closure, the schools adjudicator makes the decision. Ministers do not have a role in this process. In coming to a decision local authorities and the adjudicator must have regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State. Those who may appeal against a local authority decision are the local Church of England and Roman Catholic dioceses, the governors and trustees of a foundation or voluntary school proposed for closure, and the Learning and Skills Council where proposals relate to a secondary school.
|Year||Number of rural school closures|
Jim Knight: The most recent data available on the number of surplus school places relate to January 2007. In primary schools designated as rural there were 111,187 (14 per cent.) surplus places. Rural secondary schools are not designated but are identified as being in an area classified as rural by the Office of National Statistics. In rural secondary schools there were 33,326 (7 per cent.) surplus places.
Jim Knight: The Department has only maintained information on rural school closures since 1998. Rural primary schools that have closed in Cornwall between 1998 and 2007 are listed in the table. There have been no rural secondary school closures since 1998.
|School name||Date of closure|
|(1)Two schools on two separate sites amalgamated and were replaced by a new school on a new site in the same area.|
The Government have been and continue to be committed to improving science facilities in schools as part of their aim to transform all
school buildings. More than £31 billion has been invested in school buildings since 1997 including through Schools for the Future and Academies during which time 6,644 new or refurbished laboratories have been provided.
This year £6.7 billion of funding is available for investment in schools, and this will rise to £8.2 billion a year by 2010-11. Most of this can be invested in science facilities where this is the local priority.
This unprecedented level of investment is a marvellous opportunity to create science facilities that inspire learners and teachers alike. With this in mind my Department set up Project Faraday in 2006, developing exciting design ideas at 12 demonstration schools that can act as exemplars for science provision, to inspire and inform local authorities and schools.
Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) under what circumstances an executive board will take over the management of a failing school, as outlined by the Prime Minister in his speech of 31 October 2007; 
Local authorities have existing legal powers to apply to the Secretary of State for permission to replace the governing body of a school with an IEB when, after an Ofsted judgment, a school is in special measures, or requires significant improvement. The power may also be used when a school has received a valid Warning Notice under section 60 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006,
The IEB is the governing body of the school for the time it is in office. It has all the powers and responsibilities of a governing body. The IEB's main functions are to secure a sound basis for future improvement in the school and promote high standards of educational achievement.
The Children's Plan announced several measures designed to improve the quality of careers provision in schools; for example, by promoting experiential learning and by providing materials to support more effective peer mentoring. It also announced pathfinder projects in primary schools designed to explore the benefits of early careers interventions in extending young people's horizons and raising aspirations.
And we are looking at ways of ensuring the delivery of high quality careers education within the new PSHE: Economic Well Being curriculum. This is expected to include the development of new curriculum guidance and the provision of high quality teaching materials for use in the classroom. We are also looking into new arrangements for the continuing professional development of the careers workforce.
Schools' careers support for young people is backed up by external, independent advice from the Connexions service. From April 2008 responsibility for Connexions will pass to local authorities which will enable them to make improved links with other services for young people. Local authorities will also be expected to have regard to recently published Quality Standards which
set out my Departments expectations of the information, advice and guidance services that they will provide.
Mr. Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of the (a) highest and (b) lowest performing 100 secondary schools, as listed in the Governments achievement and attainment tables for 2007, had (i) fewer than 500 pupils, (ii) between 500 and 1,000 pupils and (iii) more than 1,000 pupils in that year. 
Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were on the roll (a) in each secondary school and (b) at special schools in Enfield in each of the last five years; and how many children in Enfield with special educational needs attended special schools outside Enfield in each year. 
|Maintained secondary schools and all special schools: number (headcount) of pupils( 1) , p osition in January each year 2003 to 2007, Enfield local authority|
|Headcount of pupils|
|School name||LA number||Estab number||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007|
|(1) Excluded dually registered pupils. Source: School Census.|
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