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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of the marks awarded for each diploma will be awarded on the basis of (a) internal assessment and (b) internal assessment of extended projects; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The majority of the assessment of the Diploma will be of a controlled internal nature, with some external assessment. Controlled internal assessment will account for a significant part of the assessment for Principal Learning from 87 per cent. at level 1 to 66 per cent. at level 3 depending on the Diploma line. Assessment for the Project will be undertaken locally. At each level the proportion of external assessment is specified, approximately 12 per cent., 20 per cent. and up to 30 per cent. at levels 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
The Department has commissioned the National Assessment Agency (NAA) to develop a national approach which will ensure high standards across the internal assessment elements of the Diploma. This includes defining key roles that will support internal assessment at a local level and developing a good practice guide for centres that sets out the responsibilities of key assessor roles and provides examples of good practice in internal assessment. This information will be available in May 2008. In addition, NAA will design professional development programmes for teachers and trainers.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the ability of all schools in rural areas to offer access to all 17 diploma lines; and if he will make a statement. 
Diplomas will be taught by consortia of schools, colleges, and work-based learning providers, working in partnership with the local authority,
employers, and higher education institutions. As such, not every school will be providing each diploma itself, but young people from those schools will be able to access diplomas in other consortium institutions, including in rural areas.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much capital funding was allocated to sports facilities in schools in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. 
Jim Knight: The Department allocates capital to local authorities and schools, and then relies on the local community to prioritise how it is spent between school buildings, sports facilities, playing fields and other capital assets. Accordingly, it does not maintain central records on how much capital has been allocated to sports facilities or playing fields.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many secondary school teachers were employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) England in each year since 1997; 
Jim Knight: The following table provides the full-time equivalent number of local authority maintained primary and secondary teachers and teaching assistants employed in local authority maintained schools in Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local authority, north-east Government office region and England in each January, 1997 to 2007.
|Full-time equivalent number of local authority maintained nursery/primary and secondary school teachers and teaching assistants employed in local authority maintained schools in Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local authority, north-east Government office region and England in each January, 1997 to 2007|
|(1) A change of School Census collection method in 2002 may have caused some discontinuity in time series data.|
(2) Source: School Census.
(3) Source: The annual survey of Teachers in Service and Teacher Vacancies, 618g.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schoolteachers there are; and how many of them have qualifications in physical education. 
Jim Knight: There were 197,100 nursery and primary full-time equivalent regular teachers and 216,800 secondary teachers employed in local authority maintained schools in England in January 2007, the latest information available. It is not known how many of these have qualifications in physical education.
Information on the number of secondary school teachers teaching physical education and the level of qualification they hold in the subject is available for England from the Secondary Schools Curriculum and Staffing Survey (SSCSS) which is an occasional sample survey last conducted in 2002 and 2007. 2007 figures are expected to be published in May 2008.
|Teachers in Service: Full-time teachers in maintained secondary schoolsHighest post A level qualifications( 1) held in the subjects they teach( 2) to year groups 7-13, England|
|Degree( 3)||BEd||PGCE||Cert Ed||Other Qual.||No Qual.||Total teachers (Thousand)|
|- = zero or less than 0.5.|
(1) Where a teacher has more than one post A level qualification in the same subject, the qualification level is determined by the highest level reading from left (Degree) to right (Other Qual.). For example, teachers shown under PGCE have a PGCE but not a degree or BEd in the subject, while those with a PGCE and a degree are shown only under Degree.
(2) Teachers are counted once against each subject which they are teaching.
(3) Includes higher degrees but excludes BEds.
(4) Teachers qualified in combined/general science are treated as qualified to teach biology, chemistry, or physics. Teachers qualified in biology, chemistry or physics are treated as qualified to teach combined/general science.
(5) Teachers qualified in other/combined technology are treated as qualified to teach design and technology or information and communication technology. Teachers qualified in design and technology or information and communication technology are treated as qualified to teach other/combined technology.
(6) Information and Communication Technology is abbreviated as ICT and Personal Social and Health Education is abbreviated as PSHE.
(7) Other not included in total percentages.
Secondary Schools Curriculum and Staffing Survey 2002.
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