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Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department has received from local authorities on their consultation and co-operation with local providers in delivering Sure Start childrens centres from 2007-08 onwards; from which local authorities that information has come; if his Department will publish it; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: The Planning guidance for Sure Start Childrens Centres encourages local authorities to involve voluntary, private and independent organisations both in the planning and delivery of childrens centre services.
We do not collect information centrally on how local authorities undertake such consultation or how many of them use PVI organisations to provide services. However a survey of around 1,100 childrens centres last year showed that 74 per cent. of childrens centres had contracts with voluntary sector organisations to provide services and 57 per cent. were using a private sector organisation to provide child care services. We plan to run a further survey later this year and will publish the results of this when they are available.
Beverley Hughes: This information is not collected centrally. However contracts and costs for education in young offender institutions are based on class sizes of eight. The Youth Justice Board report that in secure training centres, young people are generally educated in groups of between five and eight.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the value of the property held by (a) his Department and (b) associated public bodies was at the most recent date for which figures are available. 
Kevin Brennan: The former Department for Education and Skills committed to meet its Lyons Review target to relocate out of London and the South East around 800 posts from its own organisation and its partner organisations by 2010. Following Machinery of Government changes in June 2007, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) inherited a commitment to relocate out of London and the South East around 760 posts from its own organisation and its partner bodies by 2010.
At the end of March 2008, 626 posts had been relocated out of London and the South East by my Department and its partner organisations, since monitoring began in April 2004. My Department is working with our partners, including the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Training and Development Agency for Schools, to continue to deliver further relocations of posts. We expect to meet and exceed the target.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which pilot projects initiated by his Department and its predecessor in the last two years have not proceeded to further roll-out. 
Kevin Brennan: The policy initiatives that we pilot allow us to work in close partnership with local leaders and key partners to test and develop options that inform our decisions on wider implementation. It generally takes up to three years to rigorously test and evaluate a pilot initiative before deciding on the best model to roll out across the country. As such, I am unable to say at this point how many of the schemes initiated in the last two years will progress to a full national roll-out.
For further information on the pilot schemes that my Department sponsors I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 821W, to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws).
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what procedures his Department follows for checking the criminal records of employees; and if he will make a statement. 
Kevin Brennan: All individuals recruited to the Department are subject to a basic criminal records check. As part of the application process individuals complete a self-declaration of their criminal records.
In line with the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard the Department undertakes a full independent check of unspent criminal records for all successful applicants, who are not in a regulated post.
In addition to the Baseline Security checks, all individuals recruited to a regulated post, or to a post where they have access to personal or sensitive data about children or vulnerable adults, have been subject to, or are currently undergoing, enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, as a matter of course.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date the euro changeover plan of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies was last updated; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent version of each. 
Kevin Brennan: The DCSF Euro Changeover Plan is currently being reviewed and updated to take account of the Machinery of Government change in June 2007 and changes in the delivery of corporate systems over the next nine to 12 months. A copy of the completed document will be placed in the Library when this work is completed. The Department has no agencies.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average A-Level point score was for pupils at schools in the London Borough of Bexley in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 2007. 
|Average point score per student||Average point score per entry|
| Notes: 1. Figures relate to 16 to 18-year-olds (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August) entered into two or more A levels. 2. Figures relate to students in maintained schools and colleges.|
In 2006 a new point score system designed to take into account the new range of Level 3 equivalencies was created by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Details on approved qualifications and their point scores can be found at:
|Average point score per student||Average point score per entry|
| Notes: 1. Figures relate to 16 to 18-year-olds (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August) entered into an A level or Level 3 qualification equivalent in size to at least one A level. 2. Figures relate to students in maintained schools and colleges.|
We have significantly increased funding (over £120 million for 2008-11) for targeted
initiatives to support families with high levels of need, with a particular focus on parenting skills. These include Family Intervention Projects, the Parenting Early Intervention Programme, Respect Parenting Practitioners and funding for at least one new Parenting Expert in every local authority to provide evidence-based parenting programmes for parents of children who are considered to be at risk or those parents with problems that are known to put their children at risk.
This is supported by an investment of £30 million to enable the National Academy for Parenting Practitioners, which was set up in November 2007, to develop the parenting workforce in Sure Start Children's Centres, schools and other local settings in both the statutory and third sectors. The Academy is providing training and support to increase the number of practitioners who can deliver evidence-based parenting programmes, particularly to vulnerable parents. They are also working closely with other third sector organisations to improve the availability and quality of parenting support across England.
We fund a range of third sector organisations through the Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) grant programme, the Parenting Fund and the Parent Know How Programme to provide support services to parents and families, including help with their parenting skills. This includes structured parenting programmes, support groups, counselling and helplines. Parenting services for some of the country's most vulnerable, including teenage parents, disabled parents and families facing break up are to get a share of up to £8 million in 2008-09 through the Parenting Fund.
In January, we published the joint priority review on the children of offenders with the Ministry of Justice. This includes commitments to explore ways in which the National Offender Management Service and children's services can assess and meet a child's needs when a parent goes to prison; and to set clear and achievable expectations of offender managers and local partners to improve support for these families.
We have highlighted the families of offenders as being a priority group to local authorities in their work to decide where to target DCSF-funded parenting and family support. A recent communication on the remit for the new Parenting Experts highlighted parents who are offenders (including those in prison).
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children achieved the national standard in each Key Stage 1 examination in each year for which figures are available. 
|(1 )The figures for 2004 are derived from combining task/test results for non trial schools and teacher assessment results for trial schools.|
(2 )Due to a change in policy the figures for 2005 onwards are taken from teacher assessment results.
1. Prior to 2004, results of pupils in tasks/tests at key stage 1 were reported alongside teacher assessments.
2. In 2004, new assessment arrangements where only teacher assessments (informed by task/test results) were reported were trialled in some LAs. In 2005 this trial was rolled out to all LAs and from 2005 to date teacher assessments, informed by the outcomes of national tasks and tests are reported. As a result, figures for results from 2004 onwards are not directly comparable with those prior to 2004, and care is needed in interpreting trends in the data.
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