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Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in resolving the insurance claim relating to the fire at Yarl's Wood on 14 February 2002; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 18 February 2008]: Considerable negotiation and detailed consideration of valuation evidence continues to take place with the insurers, Home Office and their specialist advisers. The claim is nearing the point of final evidence submission and either settlement or potential litigation.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average pupil: teacher ratio was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Tamworth and (ii) Staffordshire in each year since 1997. 
Jim Knight: The following table provides the pupil: teacher ratios in local authority maintained primary and secondary schools in Tamworth constituency, Staffordshire local authority and England, January 1997 to 2007 the latest information available.
|Pupil: teacher ratios in local authority maintained primary and secondary schools in Tamworth constituency, Staffordshire local authority and England, January 1997 to 2007|
The within-school PTR is calculated by dividing the total full-time equivalent(FTE) number of pupils on roll in schools by the total FTE number of qualified teachers regularly employed in schools.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the average number of days taken off work due to ill health by teaching assistants in each of the last three academic years; 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect of the educational maintenance allowance on school attainment; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: A Learning and Skills Council commissioned analysis of The Impact of the EMA pilots on participation and attainment in post compulsory education (IFS November 2007, Haroon Chowdry; Lorraine Dearden; Carl Emmerson) found that EMA increased attainment at Level 2 and Level 3 by around 2 ppts for male learners and 2.5 ppts for female learners. When looking at the impact on actual recipients, the report estimates this equates to an impact on attainment (at Levels 2 and 3) of 7 ppts for female, and 5 ppts for male, EMA recipients. The full report was placed in the House Library, on 3 December 2007.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will have discussions with the English Folk Dance and Song Society for the inclusion of Englands traditional folk dance and song in the provision of five hours a week of culture for schoolchildren; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 21 February 2008]: We have published a prospectus for the Find Your Talent programme seeking applications from partnerships to pilot an offer of five hours of quality arts and culture a week for children and young people. We have set out a core range of activities we believe young people should be able to engage with, including the chance to play music or sing in ensembles, and take part in dance performances. But we want local communities, schools and young people themselves to be involved in designing the offer. Organisations wishing to express an interest in piloting the offer locally should contact the relevant local authority and other major cultural sector partners in their area to discuss forming a partnership. National organisations should contact the Creative Partnerships team at:
10 pilots will trial different ways of delivering a cultural offer. They will build on cultural activity already taking place. Children and young people already experience folk song and dance through the National Curriculum and through activities outside the curriculum.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children (a) living with both their mother and father, (b) living with their mother or father and other guardians and
(c) living only with their mother achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C in each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement. 
|GCSE attainment of young people according to which parents they live with|
|Percentage getting 5+ GCSE at A*-C|
Step parents are included and cannot be separated out
Youth Cohort Study, cohorts 7-12
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils entered for GCSE qualifications did not gain a GCSE, excluding equivalents and entry level qualifications, in 2007; 
These figures are derived from figures which are published annually in table 10 of the Statistical First Release (SFR) GCSE and Equivalent Examination Results in England . Figures for 2007 are available at:
This information is derived from figures which are published annually in table 3 of the Statistical First Release (SFR) GCSE and Equivalent Examination Results in England. Figures for 2007 are available at:
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in receipt of free school meals were entered for GCSE examinations in 2007, broken down by subject. 
|GCSE and equivalent attempts and achievements( 1) in selected subjects of pupils eligible for free school meals at the end of Key Stage 4( 2) in maintained schools (numbers and percentages), Years 2006/07( 3) (Revised), Coverage: England|
|Number of eligible pupils attempting GCSE||Percentage of eligible pupils attempting GCSE|
(1) For each subject only one attempt is countedthat which achieved the highest grade. (2) Pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in the 2006/07 academic year. (3) Includes attempts and achievements by these pupils in previous academic years. (4) Includes all other combined syllabus of which design and technology is the major part. (5) Also includes computer studies, information systems and any combined syllabus of which information technology is the major part.
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