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Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many secondary school pupils in Yorkshire and the Humber played truant in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; 
Unauthorised absence is absence without leave from a teacher or other authorised representative of the school. This includes all unexplained or unjustified absences, such as lateness, holidays during term time not authorised by the school, absence where reason is not yet established and truancy. The available information showing the percentage of half days missed owing to unauthorised absence in secondary schools is given in
the table. Information which includes CTCs and academies can be provided only at disproportionate cost for the years prior to 2005/06.
Information on persistent absence relates to persistent absentees, these are pupils who are absent for more than
20 per cent. of possible sessions of attendance. This information is available for secondary schools from 2005/06 and for primary schools from 2006/07 and is given in the table.
|Secondary schools( 1, 2) , percentage of half days missed due to unauthorised absence, Yorkshire and the Humber, 2002/03 to 2006/07( 3)|
|2002/03( 3)||2003/04( 3)||2004/05( 3)||2005/06( 3)||2006/07( 3)|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.|
(2) Excludes CTCs and academies.
(3) For years 2002/03, 2003/04 and 2004/05 data was collected via the School Absence Survey, for 2005/06 and 2006/07 data was collected via the School Census.
(4) Includes CTCs and academies, two academies opened in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2005 (one had previously been a CTC) with a further four in 2006.
School Absence Survey and School Census.
|Maintained primary and secondary schools( 1, 2) , percentage of enrolments who are classed as persistent absentees( 3) , Yorkshire and the Humber, 2002/03 to 2006/07( 3)|
|Maintained primary schools( 1)||State funded secondary schools( 1, 2)|
|n/a = Not available.|
(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Includes CTCs and academies, two academies opened in Yorkshire and the Humber in 2005 (one had previously been a CTC) with a further four in 2006.
(3) Persistent absentees are defined as having more than 63 sessions of absence (authorised and unauthorised) during the year.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which Ministers from the devolved administrations have expressed an interest in attending the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child's examination of the UK State Party report in September 2008. 
Beverley Hughes: Jane Hutt, Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning and Skills in the Welsh Assembly Government wrote to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in May 2008, expressing an interest in joining a ministerial delegation for the UK Governments oral hearing with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 23/24 September 2008.
The Secretary of State gave careful consideration to the make up of the delegation and decided that it would be more appropriate for the delegation to be comprised of senior officials from across government and the Devolved Administrations.
The UK Government do not routinely send Ministers to treaty monitoring examinations and, like most other western countries, Ministers have not attended previous hearings with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Junior Minister Gerry Kelly from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland also expressed an interest in attending.
Mr. Rooney: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what level of assurance the Accounting Officer has been given by his Department's internal audit team regarding the health and safety of children undergoing vocational work experience. 
Jim Knight: Work-related learning has been a statutory requirement at key stage 4 since 2004. Responsibility for meeting this requirement lies with schools or colleges, supported by a number of parties involved in the work experienced programme including, Education Business Partnership Organisations (EBPOs), parents and carers, employers and learners. The Department for Children, Schools and Families provides necessary supporting policy guidance to help achieve this requirement including the Quality Standard for Work Experience. This guidance provides a framework of responsibilities for the different elements of work experience including the health and safety of learners. It is the responsibility of local authorities to apply their own audit and oversight of the extent to which work experience programmes in their own areas meet the standard. Ofsted take the standard into account during their inspections. The Department's internal audit unit does not provide any specific assurance to the Accounting Officer on these matters.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children under the age of 16 who were convicted of a criminal offence in each year since 1997 were from a single-parent household. 
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children under the age of 16 who were convicted of an offence of gun or knife crime in each year since 1997 were from a single-parent household. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) 16 to 18, (b) 17 and (c) 18-year-olds are not in education, employment or training in each region. 
Jim Knight: The Department's published estimate of the number and proportion of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) cannot be disaggregated to regional level. However, we can estimate the number and proportion of young people NEET using figures drawn from the client management systems maintained by Connexions services. The following table shows the number and proportion of (a) 16 to 18, (b) 17 and (c) 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training in each region at the end of 2007 based on Connexions data.
|Age 16 -18||Age 17||Age 18|
|Number||Proportion (%)||Number||Proportion (%)||Number||Proportion (%)|
1. The figures relate to young people known to Connexions and are not directly comparable with the statistics on 16 to 18-year-olds NEET published annually by the Department of Children, Schools and Families. This is because the Connexions NEET measure excludes those on gap years, or in custody. Young people who attended independent schools or were educated outside England may also be excluded. In addition, the Department's statistics relate to the young person's academic age, rather than calendar age.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many people aged 16 to 18 have completed an apprenticeship in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) nationwide in each year since 1997; 
Mr. Lammy: Table 1 shows the number of people aged 16 to 18 at the start of their apprenticeship who has completed a full Apprenticeship framework. Table 2 shows the total number of people who have completed a full Apprenticeship framework.
|Table 1: Full framework apprenticeship completions for learners aged 16 to 18( 1) at the start of their apprenticeship|
|Full framework apprenticeship completions for learners aged 16 to 18( 1)|
|(1) Age is based on learner age at the start of the course.|
(2) North East Government Office Region, based on learners home postcode.
(3) South Tyneside Local Authority, based on learners home postcode.
(4) Jarrow constituency, based on learners home postcode.
1. Figures may not sum to totals due to rounding.
2. These figures represent learners starting an apprenticeship or an advanced apprenticeship. Additionally, there are a very small number of Higher Level Apprenticeships included in the 2006/07 total.
ILR Work-Based Learning data
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