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(3) what estimate he has made of the percentage of A-level geography students who had the opportunity to participate in a course related field trip in the school year ended 1997; [189164]

(4) what estimate he has made of the percentage of GCSE geography students who had the opportunity to participate in a course related field trip in the school year ended 1997; [189165]

(5) what estimate he has made of the percentage of A-level biology students who had the opportunity to participate in a half-day field trip in the school year ending 1997; [189174]

(6) what estimate he has made of the percentage of A-level biology students who did not have the opportunity to conduct course-related field-work in the school year ending 1997; [189175]

(7) what estimate he has made of the percentage of A-level biology students who had the opportunity to participate in a course-related field-trip in the school year ending 1997; [189176]

(8) what estimate he has made of the percentage of GCSE science students who took a course-related residential field trip in the school year ending 1997; [189177]

(9) what estimate he has made of the percentage of GCSE science students who had the opportunity to participate in a course-related field trip in the school year ending 1997; [189178]

(10) what proportion of (a) A-level and (b) GCSE (i) geography, (ii) sciences and (iii) biology students were offered the opportunity to participate in a course-related (A) field trip and (B) half-day field trip in the school year (1) 1994-95, (2) 1995-96 and (3) 1997-98. [189206]

Jim Knight [holding answer 26 February 2008]: The Department for Children, Schools and Families does not collect this information broken down by subject and qualification.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 21 February 2008, Official Report, column 853W.

Health Education: Sex

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department (a) has commissioned, (b) plans to commission and (c) has evaluated on the effectiveness of the teaching of sex education in schools; and if he will make a statement. [189029]

Kevin Brennan: The Department has not commissioned research on the teaching of sex education in schools. However, as part of the Children's Plan we have given a commitment to review best practice in effective sex and relationship education (SRE) and how it is delivered in schools. We have listened to young people and recognise that many feel that they do not currently have the knowledge they need to make safe and responsible choices about relationships and sexual health. We will involve young people fully in the review to make sure that future SRE better meets their needs.


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Playgrounds: Capital Investment

Ms Dari Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much capital funding was allocated to playground development in (a) Stockton South constituency, (b) Teesside and (c) England in each year since 1997. [188932]

Beverley Hughes: The Government do not collect statistics on or otherwise monitor how much capital is spent on playgrounds by local authorities. We do not separately identify individual capital grants that finance capital expenditure. Only the total used to finance expenditure in a year is collected;

In the Children's Plan, we recently announced £190 million capital funding to be spent on open-access, free play environments. Every local authority in England will receive funding by 2010-11: In addition, local authorities already receive substantial funding to support maintenance of public space. BIG Lottery has just invested £124 million to 2010-11 to support play in local authorities,

Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2008, Official Report, column 770W, on pupils: per capita costs, what the (a) current and (b) planned per capita costs are for students in Wirral. [189726]

Jim Knight: The current per capita Dedicated Schools Grant guaranteed unit of funding is £3,765, and the guaranteed units of funding for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 are £3,937, £4,089 and £4,269 respectively. The Dedicated Schools Grant is purely revenue funding and does not include any capital allocation. In addition to the Dedicated Schools Grant, there are other revenue grants for the period 2008 to 2011 that support the schools budget whose allocations have not yet been finalised and which are not reflected in the answer.

The capital element of allocations, included in the four figures in the following chart, can vary greatly from year to year. This is because capital grants are based on need as well as on pupil numbers, and form part of an expanding capital programme. Capital expenditure at local authority level may occur in a different year to the year of allocation, as it is dependent on a local authority's capital planning arrangements.

£000

2007-08

15,101

2008-09

14,421

2009-10

20,514

2010-11

26,703


School Day

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what information is available to his Department on the average duration of lunch breaks in maintained schools; [188980]


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(2) what estimate his Department has made of the average length of the lunch-break in (a) secondary schools and (b) primary schools in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [188979]

Kevin Brennan: The Department does not collect information on the average length of the school lunch break. Schools are required by law to hold two sessions per day during a school term, with a break in between. But it is for schools to decide how long that break should be. We are aware that some schools have reduced the length of the lunch break for a variety of reasons. But we are also aware that having insufficient time to eat lunch can put pupils off taking a school lunch. That is why my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families wrote to schools last year asking them to consider their lunchtime arrangements as a means of improving school lunch take-up. As part of its Million Meals campaign to improve school lunch take-up, the School Food Trust is also working closely with schools to improve lunchtime arrangements, including ensuring that pupils have sufficient time to eat their meal.

Schools: Procurement

Mr. Benyon: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the effects on costs has been of the introduction of the Online Procurement for Educational Needs system; and what the target savings were. [186974]

Kevin Brennan: The aim of the OPEN pathfinder was:

In order for a greater number of transactions to take place, a greater number of schools' suppliers also need to be available on OPEN for them to transact with. As this was a pathfinder, limited resources were available to engage with the educational supplier marketplace and effort was concentrate on those suppliers nominated by schools that they usually traded with in the first instance.

As such, no savings target was set for the pathfinder phase.

At present savings are only made in the form of transactional savings, i.e. the amount of time being saved by schools’ purchasers compared to that where a ‘traditional' transaction (their usual method of purchasing) would have taken place. The process of developing the methodology for savings made on the price of goods being purchased is still under development.

Due to the limited number of suppliers on OPEN during this pathfinder phase, the Department expected rates would be lower than could be reasonably expected with full take-up by both schools and suppliers.


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For the period 15 March 2007 to 31 January 2008
£

From the processing of orders (630 orders x £3.50)

2,205

From the processing of requisitions (367 requisitions x £21 00)

7,707

From the processing of invoices (82 x £2,50)

205

Total transactional savings

10,117


Schools: Sports

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2007, Official Report, column 216W, on schools: sport, (1) what the duties of a sports co-ordinator for schools are; [189364]

(2) what the average annual salary of a sports co-ordinator is in the current financial year. [189363]

Kevin Brennan: School sport co-ordinators (SSCos) are existing secondary school teachers released from teaching for two days per week. They are responsible for the co-ordination and development of after school activity, out of school hours learning, intra school competition and local community links in their own school and partner primary/special schools. Their specific duties will vary according to local circumstances.

As part of a School Sport Partnership's grant, £2,000 is allocated for each SSCo in the partnership. The grant also allocates £13,000 (£14,500 in London) for teacher cover to backfill the teacher release. 16 per cent. on costs are added to these amounts. How School Sport Partnerships deploy their funds is a local decision.

Shropshire

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the value was of each grant provided by his Department, its associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council, (b) Shropshire County Council and (c) Telford and the Wrekin Borough Council in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08; and what grants have been planned for 2008-09. [184106]

Kevin Brennan: The Department does not make grant payments to Shrewsbury and Atcham borough council. However it does make payments to Shropshire county council and Telford and Wrekin borough council which provide children, schools and families services. The information on capital and revenue allocations made by the Department to both councils is set out in the tables.

Information on grants provided by the Department’s agencies and non-departmental public bodies is held by the bodies themselves. This information is not held centrally.


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Table A: revenue funding made available to Shropshire county council by DfES in 2006-07
Recurrent grants Grant allocation (£)

Dedicated Schools Grant

133,468,000

School Standards Grant

5,879,164

School Standards Grant (Personalisation)

997,300

School Development Grant

9,545,695

Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant (EMAG)

39,608

Targeted School Meals Grant

255,673

School Meals Grant

208,002

Extended Schools

405,845

Targeted Support for Primary Strategy

795,168

Targeted Support for Secondary Strategy

304,753

Primary Strategy: Central Co-ordination

356,198

Primary Strategy: Communication, Language, Literacy

50,000

Secondary Strategy: Central Co-ordination

332,835

Secondary Behaviour and Attendance: Central Co-ordination

68,300

School Improvement Partners (SIPs)

35,650

Music Services

188,988

Music at Key Stage 2

15,959

Education Health Partnerships

72T953

School Travel Advisers

71,000

Choice Advisers

24,279

Study Support Quality Development Programme

20,000

School Intervention Grant

111,900

Flexible 14 to 19 Partnerships Funding

86,340

Connexions(1)

2,317,759

Children’s Fund

512,975

Positive Activities for Young People

60,854

Teenage Pregnancy

113,000

General Sure Start Grant (Revenue)(1)

4,613,267

Youth Opportunity Fund

143,746

Publicising Positive Activities

21,535

Children’s Services Grant

525,667

Total recurrent grants

161,642,413

(1) Grant paid as part of Shropshire’s Local Area Agreement (LAA). £4,306,962 of General Sure Start (Revenue) paid through the LAA.

Table B: capital support made available to Shropshire county council by DfES in 2006-07
Local authority and schools Grant allocation (£)

Capital Support for Schools

12,700,000

SCE(R) Single Capital Pot (Children’s Element)

49,000

General Sure Start Grant (Capital)

1,326,231

Youth Capital Fund

124,329

Integrated Children’s System

46,591

e-CAF

250,000

Children services capital support total

14,496,151


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