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(vii) Lincolnshire
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation Change religious character For fresh start Total

2001 Primary

1

1

2004 Primary

1

1

2004 Secondary

1

1

2005 Primary

1

1

2

2006 Primary

1

1

2

2007 Primary

1

2

3

Total

4

4

1

1

10


(viii) Norfolk
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation Total

2001 Primary

2

2

2003 Primary

2

2

2006 Primary

1

1

2007 Primary

30

30

Total

1

34

35


(ix) North Yorkshire
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation Total

2006 Primary

1

2

3

2007 Primary

2

2

Total

3

2

5


(x) West Mercia (Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire and Worcestershire)
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation For fresh start To allow for a new establishment Change religious character For an academy Total

2002 Primary

2

2

2003 Primary

1

1

2004 Primary

4

1

5

2004 Secondary

1

1

2005 Primary

1

8

9

2006 Primary

13

13

2006 Secondary

1

1

2007 Primary

1

33

1

35

2007 Secondary

14

2

1

17

Total

6

72

1

1

3

1

84


(xi) Wiltshire
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation Change religious character Total

2002 Primary

1

1

2002 Secondary

1

1

2003 Primary

3

3

2004 Primary

2

2

2004 Secondary

1

1

2

2005 Primary

2

4

6

2005 Secondary

3

3

2006 Primary

1

8

9

2007 Primary

2

5

7

Total

11

22

1

34


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Schools: Co-operation

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of whether there are financial benefits to schools of joining consortiums; and if he will make a statement. [200054]

Jim Knight: Although funding arrangements do not provide financial incentives to join consortiums, we believe that working in partnership offers schools the opportunity to deliver high-quality educational provision for best value. Indeed, working with other schools is fundamental to the delivery of key policies such as extended services and personalisation.

In autumn 2007 the Department commissioned a study to assess the activities through which schools can operate more efficiently. Collaborative working, through arrangements such as federations or consortiums, was identified as one mechanism in which schools may deliver improvements in value for money.

The merged governing body of a federation is able to make budget and staffing decisions jointly on behalf of all its schools. Working in a federation may allow schools to realise financial savings and provide better value for money. This could be achieved by employing shared staff, acquiring joint facilities and equipment, or rationalising duplicated functions.

Schools: Crimes of Violence

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers were attacked on school premises resulting in hospital treatment in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [191303]

Jim Knight: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Schools: Data Protection

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many data records have been lost or stolen from school premises in the latest period for which records are available. [193377]

Jim Knight: The Department does not keep records of data losses in schools. Becta, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency, supplies advice to schools on data security.

Schools: Drugs

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 583W, on Drugs: Schools, what information his Department holds on drugs in schools in (a) the North East, (b) the Tees Valley district and (c) the Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency. [198006]

Kevin Brennan: The Department does not collect centrally information on drugs or drug incidents in schools.


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The Department’s guidance, “Drugs: Guidance for Schools (DfES 2004)” makes clear that the possession, use or supply of illegal and other unauthorised drugs within school boundaries is unacceptable. All schools should have agreed responses and procedures for managing drug incidents, which are understood by all and documented within the school’s drug policy.

Schools: Governing Bodies

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what factors he took into consideration in determining the recently revised optimum size for a school governing body. [199542]

Jim Knight: The Secretary of State has not determined an optimum size for a school governing body. At present, governing bodies can vary between nine and 20 members (not including sponsor governors).

We believe that smaller, more highly skilled governing bodies, alongside improved governor training, will provide more effective governance for schools. As we indicated in the Children's Plan, we will be consulting stakeholders on reducing the size of governing bodies. Good governance and leadership is essential if we are to achieve better outcomes for all children and young people.


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