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Key s tage 2 and k ey s tage 3 results for England since 1997
Key s tage 2 Key s tage 3
Percentage of pupils achieving l evel 4 or above Percentage of pupils achieving l evel 5 or above( 1,2) Percentage achieving of pupils l evel 5 or above

English Mathematics Science English Mathematics Science English Mathematics Science

1997

63

62

69

16

18

19

57

60

60

1998

65

59

69

17

17

16

65

59

56

1999

71

69

78

22

24

27

64

62

55

2000

75

72

85

29

25

34

64

65

59

2001

75

71

87

29

25

34

65

66

66

2002

75

73

86

29

28

38

67

67

67

2003

75

73

87

27

29

41

69

71

68

2004

78

74

86

27

31

43

71

73

66

2005

79

75

86

27

31

47

74

74

70

2006

79

76

87

32

33

46

73

77

72

2007(3)

80

77

88

34

32

46

74

76

73

(1) After 2002 this is referred to as “Percentage of pupils achieving Level 5”.
(2) Figures for level 5 or above are not available prior to 2000.
(3) Revised figures.
(4) Not published.
Notes:
Only includes LA maintained schools whose key stage 2 and key stage 3 results were published in the achievement and attainment tables.
Including academies (new schools) and former City Technology colleges that have converted to academies

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in maintained schools in England were entered for (a) the IGCSE, (b) the International Baccalaureate and (c) the Cambridge Pre-U examination in the last period for which figures are available. [216630]

Jim Knight: In 2007, 717 students in maintained schools (excluding colleges) were entered for the International Baccalaureate. If sixth form and general FE colleges are included, this figure rises to 1,068.

International GCSEs are not accredited qualifications and so the Department does not hold information on the pupils that are entered for them. Crucially, the IGCSE does not meet the requirements of the statutory national curriculum and so no maintained schools should be entering their pupils for this qualification.

The Cambridge Pre-U examination is a new qualification for which teaching starts in September 2008. The first qualifications of this nature will be awarded in 2010.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to decide on the extension of the single level tests to all schools; and if he will make a statement. [216631]

Jim Knight: Single level tests are one of the elements of the Making Good Progress pilot, which is a two year pilot in over 450 schools running from September 2007 until July 2009.

The Children’s Plan made clear that whilst our intention is to implement single-level tests on a national basis at the earliest opportunity, any decision to do so will be subject to positive evaluation from the pilot, and to endorsement of this approach from the regulator.

The pilot is being independently evaluated by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a final evaluation report is due in autumn 2009.

Extended Schools: Fees and Charges

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department collates on the (a) charging policies for extended school services and (b) the proportion of parents paying for (i) out of school services and (ii) holiday schemes through child care tax credit. [216879]

Beverley Hughes: None of this information is collected centrally. The Department has issued guidance on planning and funding extended schools, including advice about charging for activities, making clear what can and cannot be charged for. It is for schools to decide what polices to put in place. Information about the use of the child care tax credit is not broken down to this level.

General Certificate of Secondary Education: Peterborough

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children gained five or more GCSEs at grade C and above in the Peterborough City Council area in the last year for which figures are available. [216336]

Jim Knight: In 2007, 56.3 per cent. of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in the city of Peterborough achieved five or more GCSE or equivalents at grades A* - C.

This information is taken from table 18 of the SFR, “GCSE and Equivalent Examination Results in England 2006/07 (Revised)”, published in January 2008 and is available at the following link:

Higher Education: Admissions

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what programmes operating in the London borough of Bexley his Department has funded to encourage university applications; and how much his Department has spent on such programmes in the last 12-month period for which figures are available. [215055]

Bill Rammell: I have been asked to reply.

The Government are committed to widening participation so that everyone with the potential to benefit from higher education has the opportunity to do so.

The Aimhigher programme, funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, the Department for Health, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), brings together universities, colleges and schools in partnership to raise the attainment levels of young people and their aspirations towards higher education. It supports activities such as visits to university, summer schools and mentoring schemes. In the 2007-08 academic year, Aspire, the Aimhigher partnership for London South East (which includes Bexley), is receiving £2.554 million. It is not possible to identify the amount spent specifically in Bexley.

In addition, universities have their own outreach programmes, some of which operate locally, whilst others extend across the country. Universities charging higher level fees have agreements with the Office for Fair Access concerning the additional support they will offer young people from poorer families, together with additional outreach.


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National College for School Leadership

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which hon. Members have been invited to visit the National College for School Leadership since its inception. [214798]

Jim Knight: During the early set-up years of the National College for School Leadership, between 2002 and 2005, a public relations campaign was undertaken, under the leadership of its first chief executive, to raise its profile. Invitations to visit the college were sent to the following hon. Members:

Since 2006, the hon. Member for Nottingham North, (Mr. Allen) in whose constituency the college is located, and the hon. Member for Huddersfield, (Mr. Sheerman) have been invited to visit. Since the college's inception, invitations have also been extended to hon. Members in ministerial posts in the Department for Children, Schools and Families and its predecessors.

Playing Fields: West Midlands

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of schools in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Staffordshire have disposed of playing fields since 1998. [215825]

Kevin Brennan: Since 1998 the proportion of schools which have had applications approved to dispose of school playing fields in (a) the West Midlands is less than 1 per cent. and (b) Staffordshire is also less than 1 per cent.

Pupils: Hearing Impairment

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department issues on assessing the ability of deaf children in examination in subjects where a listening component is generally required; and if he will make a statement. [216077]

Jim Knight: The Department does not issue guidance on detailed issues relating to examinations; it is for the qualifications regulators and the awarding bodies to ensure that appropriate arrangements are made, in the light of their duties under the Disability Discrimination Act. The Joint Council for Qualifications issues advice on access arrangements on behalf of awarding bodies.

The Government have made clear that the content and curriculum of qualifications should offer all candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding and display their strengths. When
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other reasonable adjustments have been considered but cannot be made, we would therefore expect the practice of exemptions from parts of an assessment, and the resulting enhancements of grades to continue.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority: Information Officers

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many press officers the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority employed in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement; [216207]

(2) how many press officers are employed by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator; and if he will make a statement. [216208]

Jim Knight: Since 2003, QCA has employed the following number of press officers in each year:

Number

2003

6

2004

5

2005

5

2006

4

2007

4

2008

3

Note: No figures are available prior to 2003.

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