Previous Section Index Home Page

9 Oct 2008 : Column 801W—continued

Academies: Pupil Exclusions

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on rates of exclusion from academies compared with other maintained schools. [224669]

Jim Knight: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Academies: Standards

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which academies have been identified by his Department as making inadequate improvement in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008; and if he will make a statement. [224834]

Jim Knight: During 2006, 2007 and 2008 there have been 21 section five inspections of academies; none have been deemed to be making inadequate progress.

The year after each academy opens, Ofsted inspect and report on progress. Ofsted send a letter to the academy with a result of their monitoring visit which is published on their website. In the third year after opening, there is a full section 5 Ofsted inspection. During 2006, 2007 and 2008 there have been 27 monitoring visits paid to different academies. Of these, in 2007 St. Mark’s C of E Academy was monitored by Ofsted who judged it was making inadequate progress in raising standards. Its progress was monitored again in 2008 and it was judged to be making inadequate progress though the significant changes in the academy's leadership were reported positively. The DCSF is working closely with governors to ensure good improvement is made before the next monitoring visit.

Stockley Academy was monitored in March 2008 and judged at that time to be making inadequate progress. However it was monitored again in late September and at the oral feedback the inspectors judged it was now making at least satisfactory progress. The written report will be available on the Ofsted website in the next two weeks.


9 Oct 2008 : Column 802W

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what powers his Department has to intervene where academies are making inadequate progress; and how often such powers have been used. [224835]

Jim Knight: The Funding Agreements and Memorandum and Articles of Association of Academies give the Secretary of State powers to appoint extra governors to the Governing Body of an Academy, and thereby take control of the Academy, when he is satisfied that:

Such an action would only occur after a sequence of events involving the Secretary of State warning the Governing Body about the situation and the Governing Body not responding to the problem to his satisfaction.

The Secretary of State can also use these powers in the case of a Special Measures Termination Event. This occurs after a sequence of events involving OfSTED giving the Academy a special measures notice and finding insufficient progress on their next visit, and the Secretary of State not being satisfied with the Academy Trust’s plans for dealing with the situation. The Secretary of State can also terminate the Funding Agreement in a Special Measures Termination Event.

At present the Secretary of State has not been required to use these powers. Where there have been concerns the Department has worked with academy sponsors to address them.

Academies: Trade Unions

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which academies (a) do and (b) do not recognise trade unions; and if he will make a statement. [225070]

Jim Knight: The Department does not collect this information centrally. However, as stated in the academies prospectus of 2007, as good employers we would expect academies to recognise staff associations.

Building Schools for the Future Programme

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 928, on the Building Schools for the Future Programme, if he will (a) update the results for 2008 and (b) give the dates on which the Building Schools for the Future Programme (i) began and (ii) was completed in each school. [225043]

Jim Knight: The validated 2008 GCSE results will be available in January 2009. The following table shows the Building Schools for the Future start dates for schools in the National Challenge for each wave of the programme, based on the 2007 results. The start date relates to the
9 Oct 2008 : Column 803W
local authority's entry to the programme. The table also shows the same information for BSF ‘One School Pathfinders’ and new academies procured under the Partnerships for Schools National Framework.

Project -started Number of schools completed Number of schools in progress Total

BSF Quick Wins

2004

2 (in 2006)

0

2

BSF wave 1

2004

9 (in 2008)

38

47

BSF wave 2

2005

0

32

32

BSF wave 3

2006

0

26

26

BSF wave 4

2007

0

36

36

BSF wave 5

2008

0

33

33

BSF wave 6

2008

0

28

28

BSF wave 6a

2008

0

20

20

National framework academies

2007

0

39

39

BSF ‘One School Pathfinders’

2006

0

8

8

Total

11

260

271

Note:
A further six school projects are expected to be completed in the current financial year.

Children's Centres

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children starting primary school in (a) Bassetlaw constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England had previously attended a Sure Start children's centre in the latest period for which figures are available. [225277]

Beverley Hughes: This information is not collected centrally.

Education Maintenance Allowance

Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students were entitled to education maintenance allowance in each local authority area in the academic year 2007-08; and what percentage of students took up their entitlement. [225127]

Jim Knight: Eligibility for the education maintenance allowance (EMA) is based on household income. The Department for Children, Schools and Families does not hold information on household income for every eligible 16 to 18-year-old who participates in a course that meets the EMA valid provision criteria. Therefore it is not possible to calculate the number of students who were entitled to EMA in each local authority area, or what percentage of students took up their entitlement.

General Certificate of Secondary Education

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what costs are incurred by students seeking to re-take (a) mathematics and (b) English language GCSE examinations. [224934]


9 Oct 2008 : Column 804W

Jim Knight: The amount awarding bodies charge is the same whether a candidate is retaking an examination or sitting it for the first time. Examination centres (eg schools or colleges) decide whether or not they charge candidates who wish to retake exams.

Each awarding body based in England sets the examination fees they charge for GCSEs. The examinations and assessment regulator, Ofqual, works closely with the awarding bodies to monitor the costs of examination fees to ensure value for money. It is for the awarding bodies to publish details of these costs on their websites for each of the specifications they offer. Typically the cost of GCSE mathematics and English examinations is between £20 and £40.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students have taken (a) mathematics and (b) English language GCSE examinations for a second time in each of the last 10 years. [224935]

Jim Knight: The information can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

National Curriculum Tests

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many key stage two scripts were unmarked as at 14 July; and if he will make a statement; [221782]

(2) how many key stage two and key stage three text scripts were sent out to the wrong markers in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and if he will make a statement; [221783]

(3) how many key stage two and key stage three text scripts were reported mislaid in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008; and if he will make a statement; [221784]

(4) how many key stage two and key stage three test markers were rejected for lack of reliability during the live marking of the tests in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008; and if he will make a statement; [221785]

(5) what proportion of (a) key stage two and (b) key stage three tests in (i) science, (ii) English and (iii) mathematics were (A) marked, (B) marked with results entered into a computer system and (C) marked and returned to the relevant school by (1) 8 July and (2) 15 July 2008; and if he will make a statement; [221787]

(6) what proportion of key stage two and key stage three scripts were sent out late to markers in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008; and if he will make a statement; [221788]

(7) what percentage of appeals against key stage two and key stage three marking were upheld in each year from 2005 to 2008; how many appeals were received in each year; and if he will make a statement. [221789]

Jim Knight: The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) is responsible for the development and administration of national curriculum tests. The National Assessment Agency (NAA) administers the tests and manages the delivery contract, on QCA’s behalf. David Gee, Managing Director of the NAA has written to the hon. Member and a copy of his letter has been placed in the Library.


9 Oct 2008 : Column 805W

Parents: Employment

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government have taken to assist parents seeking employment with their child care responsibilities. [224986]

Beverley Hughes: In September of this year, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families announced the new “Free Childcare for Training and Learning for Work” programme which is supported through £75 million of funding to run from January 2009 to March 2011. The programme will be piloted in 67 local authorities from January with a national roll-out from September 2009. The programme is aimed at lower income couple families where one parent is working and the second parent is not working and wishes to undertake training on route to employment.

Funding will cover travel costs and the full cost of child care subject to a maximum of £175 (£205 for London).

The programme will look to complement other existing child care support for families moving into work such as the Free Entitlement programme for 3 and 4-year-olds, £3.5 million of support made available through tax credit every day, the Childcare Affordability Programme in London and other initiatives run through Job Centre Plus and the Learning and Skills Council.

Pupil Referral Units

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils spent some time in a pupil referral unit in each year since their introduction; [224931]

(2) how many and what percentage of students in pupil referral units had been there for more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) a year, (d) two years, (e) three years, (f) four years and (g) five years in each of the last 10 years; [224932]

(3) how many pupils have spent more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) a year, (d) two years, (e) three years, (f) four years and (g) five years in a pupil referral unit since their introduction. [224933]

Jim Knight: Information on how long a pupil has attended a pupil referral unit is not collected centrally.

The available information shows the number of pupils attending a pupil referral unit in January of each year since 1999 and is shown in the table. The table excludes pupil with dual registration, information on the number of dual registrations can be provided only at disproportionate cost. Information prior to 1999 can also be provided only at disproportionate cost.


9 Oct 2008 : Column 806W
Pupil referral units—number of pupils in January each year : 1999 to 2008

Number of pupils( 1 ) (headcount)

1999

8,260

2000

8,480

2001

9,290

2002

9,960

2003

12,010

2004

13,040

2005

14,470

2006

15,240

2007

15,160

2008

16,100

(1) Excludes dually registered pupils. Includes pupils with other providers in pupil referral units.
Note:
Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Source:
School Census

Next Section Index Home Page