some default text...
Previous Section Index Home Page

10 Mar 2008 : Column 180W—continued


General Certificate of Secondary Education

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools there are in each English local authority area in which fewer than (a) 10 per cent., (b) 20 per cent. and (c) 30 per cent. of pupils attained five A* to C GCSEs including English and mathematics in 2007; and how many schools in each such authority entered pupils for GCSEs in 2007. [192570]

Jim Knight: The percentage of pupils in schools achieving 5 A*-C GGSEs including English and mathematics can be found in the Achievement and Attainment Tables in the House of Commons Library.

Information on exam entries by schools can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

General Certificate of Secondary Education: Eastbourne

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students resat GCSE examinations in Eastbourne constituency in each year since 1997. [192123]

Jim Knight: The information can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Gifted Children: Assessments

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in the gifted and talented programme did not gain level five or above at key stage 3 tests in 2007. [191300]

Jim Knight: The following table shows the number and proportion of students in maintained schools identified as gifted and talented who did not achieve level 5 or above in key stage 3 tests in English, mathematics and science in 2007. It also gives comparable figures for those pupils who were not identified as gifted and talented,

Secondary schools are asked to identify all pupils meeting the published eligibility criteria for the top 5 per cent. of pupils nationally and are free to identify other pupils who they judge to be gifted and talented
10 Mar 2008 : Column 181W
relative to their year group in their school. Decisions are based on ability rather than attainment and will include pupils with practical talents in sports, arts and other fields.

Key stage 3 2007 Gifted and talented Not identified as G&T
Number Percentage Number Percentage

English

2,511

3.1

116,635

23.7

Mathematics

2,176

2.7

114,224

23.2

Science

2,968

3.7

129,782

26.4


Gifted Children: Pupil Exclusions

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils classified as gifted and talented received a fixed period exclusion in each of the last three years. [191301]

Jim Knight: The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Gifted Children: Wirral

Stephen Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people resident in Wirral, West constituency belong to the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth. [192444]

Jim Knight: The National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth was replaced by the Learner Academy for gifted and talented pupils in September 2007.

The Department does not hold information specifically about the number of pupils who are registered with the Learner Academy for gifted and talented pupils resident in any given area. However, the Department does collect information about pupils who are identified by their school as being within the school’s gifted and talented population. Some of these pupils are also registered with the Learner Academy for gifted and talented pupils. Information about the number of young people resident in Wirral, West identified as being within their schools gifted and talented population is provided in the table.

Pupils aged 5 to 15 resident in Wirral, West, 2007
Resident pupils

Number of resident pupils

8,446

Number of resident pupils identified as gifted and talented(1)

1,123

% of resident pupils identified as gifted and talented(1)

13.3

(1) all pupils who: (i) have been registered as members of the student academy of the former National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) on the basis of the NAGTY eligibility criteria at: http://ygt.dcsf.gov.uk/FileLinks/191_NAGTYeligibility_criteria.pdf; or
(ii) have not been registered as members of the former NAGTY student academy but nevertheless are judged by the school to meet the NAGTY eligibility criteria; and all pupils that, while they may not meet the NAGTY eligibility criteria, have been identified by the school as gifted and talented because their ability is developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group within that school, or because they have the potential to develop such ability.
Source:
School Census 2007

10 Mar 2008 : Column 182W

Head Teachers: Qualifications

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of those teachers who have obtained a National Professional Qualification for Headship have been appointed as (a) head teachers and (b) deputy head teachers of (i) primary schools, (ii) secondary schools and (iii) special schools, broken down by (A) ethnicity, (B) sex and (C) region. [169794]

Jim Knight: The information requested is not available centrally.

Health Education: Alcoholic Drinks

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what plans are there to review strategies for making children aware of the risks associated with drinking alcohol; [193031]

(2) what provision there is in the curriculum for educating children on the dangers of alcoholism. [193032]

Kevin Brennan: The Department issued its ‘Drugs: Guidance for Schools’ to all mainlined schools in February 2004, This makes clear our intention for pupils to be educated about alcohol and its effects in primary school—before drinking patterns become established— and for this to be revisited in secondary school as pupils’ understanding and experience increases.

Alcohol education should be delivered (along with other drug education) through well planned personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE). Schools are expected to use the non-statutory frameworks of PSHE and citizenship at key stages 1 and 2, PSHE at key stages 3 and 4, the statutory citizenship programme of study at key stages 3 and 4 and the statutory requirements within the national curriculum science order for all phases for developing drug education.

We announced in the Children's Plan that we would this year review the delivery of drug and alcohol education in schools in the light of the comprehensive and long-running Blueprint study, which is expected to conclude shortly.

In addition to that, we also announced in the Children's Plan that we would publish an action plan on young people and alcohol, which will look at whether there are other ways—including action on alcohol education, low-price sales of alcohol and alcohol advertising—in which we could seek to influence young people's consumption of alcohol. We expect to publish the action plan shortly.

The action plan will build on existing measures to communicate clearer information to young people and parents about the harms associated with alcohol, which were set out in the Government document ‘Safe, Sensible, Social,’ which updated the national alcohol harm reduction strategy.


10 Mar 2008 : Column 183W

Mathematics: GCE A-Level

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in maintained schools were entered for mathematics A-level or AS-level in each year from 1997; and if he will make a statement. [190346]

Jim Knight: The information is as follows:

Pupils in mainstream maintained schools entered for GCE A levels
Number of pupils entered into mathematics Percentage of pupils entered into mathematics

1997

28,184

25.7

1998

28,731

25.0

1999

29,053

24.8

2000

28,308

24.2

2001

28,680

23.9

2002

22,874

19.0

2003

23,063

18.4

2004

23,675

18.4

2005

24,022

17.9

2006

25,829

18.6

2007

27,941

19.9


Pupils in mainstream maintained schools entered for GGE AS levels
Number of pupils entered into mathematics Percentage of pupils entered into mathematics

2001

31,841

23.5

2002

30,387

19.3

2003

29,519

17.9

2004

27,424

16.3

2005

30,147

17.2

2006

32,136

17.9

2007

36,380

19.7


These figures relate to 16 to 18-year-olds (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August) in mainstream maintained schools.

AS levels were first introduced in 2000/01.

Operating Costs

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been allocated for administrative costs of running his Department for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09, broken down by main budget heading. [172551]

Kevin Brennan: The net administrative budget for the Department for Children, Schools and Families in 2007-08 is £195.8 million and in 2008-09 will be £191.2 million. A high level breakdown of administration cost outturn is published in the Department's Annual Report.

Primary Education: Admissions

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many primary school places there (a) were in 2007-08 and (b) have been in Bournemouth in each of the last 10 years. [193030]

Jim Knight: The available information is provided in the table. Data for 1997 are not available as Bournemouth was part of Dorset local authority.


10 Mar 2008 : Column 184W

Information on the number school places is not collected centrally. Therefore information on the number of pupils on roll in primary schools has been provided.

Number (headcount) of primary school pupils in Bournemouth LA

1998

11,546

1999

11,563

2000

11,554

2001

11,449

2002

11,226

2003

11,150

2004

10,980

2005

10,755

2006

10,492

2007

10,360

Source:
School Census

Primary Education: Standards

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many primary schools were in special measures at the latest date for which figures are available; and how many have been given notice to improve in the last 12 months. [192632]

Jim Knight: The most recent figures published by Ofsted showed that 174 (1.0 per cent.) primary schools were in special measures on 31 December 2007.

Between January and December 2007 a total of 154 primary schools (0.9 per cent.) were judged to require significant improvement and were given a notice to improve.


Next Section Index Home Page