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Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the names are of (a) representatives of his Department, (b) representatives of Essex county council and (c) others who accompanied the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Schools and Learners) on his recent visit to the Alderman Blaxill School in Colchester. 
The Essex county council representatives who were present were Lord Hanningfield, Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Schools; Brandon Hallam, Chief Executive of the Policy and International Unit; Terry Reynolds: Director for Learning; and Rosemary Prince, Secondary Area Improvement Manager.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how the taper for the funding of family intervention projects between 2008 and 2011 will operate; and if he will place a copy of the evaluations of the projects in the Library; 
The Secretary of State announced on 5 October 2007 that the Department for Children, Schools and Families would provide up to £18 million ongoing funding for the Family Intervention Projects. The projects will receive tapered funding over 2008 to 2011 to help them move towards securing mainstream funding. In each of these three years projects will receive 70 per cent. of their previous years funding allocation. The final report from the Family Intervention Project evaluation was published in July 2008 and has been placed in the Libraries.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools among the 500 lowest performing primary schools have received funding under the Building Schools for the Future programme in the last five years. 
Jim Knight: Building Schools for the Future is aimed at secondary schools. It follows that no primary schools have received funding from this programme in the last five years. However we are taking a similarly transformational approach to capital investment for the primary sector through the Primary Capital Programme. Funding for the pathfinder phase commenced in April this year and will be rolled out to all local authorities from 2009-10. Subject to future Government spending decisions, the programme commits to renewing at least half of all primary school building by 2022-23, creating primary schools that are equipped for 21st century learning, at the heart of their communities, with childrens services in reach of every family. The programme is supported by £1.9 billion of new capital investment over the three-year period 2008-09 to 2010-11. To access that funding local authorities must develop and agree with the Department a Primary Strategy for Change.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will hold discussions with Essex county council on the proposed selling of playing fields at Canvey Island secondary school; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: There are three secondary schools on Canvey IslandThe Cornelius Vermuyden school and Arts college, Furtherwick Park school, and Castle View school. Essex county council has advised the Department that they are unaware of any proposals to dispose of school playing fields.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children in care were working towards (a) level 1, (b) level 2, (c) level 3 and (d) level 4 in key stage 1 tests in (i) writing, (ii) reading, (iii) literacy, (iv) speaking and listening and (v) science in each of the last five years. 
Beverley Hughes: The number and percentage of looked after children achieving at least level 2 in reading, writing and mathematics in the Key Stage 1 tests for 2005, 2006 and 2007 can be found in table B of the Outcome Indicators for Children Looked After, Twelve months to 30 September 2007England Statistical First Release accessible via the link:
The number and percentage of looked after children achieving at least level 2 in reading, writing and mathematics in the Key Stage 1 tests for 2003 and 2004 can be found in table B of the Outcome Indicators for Looked-after Children, Twelve months to 30 September 2005England Statistical First Release accessible via the link:
Through Care Matters and measures contained in the Children and Young Persons Bill, the Government are taking steps to improve the educational achievement of looked after children. These include putting the Designated Teacher role on a statutory footing and piloting the role of the Virtual School Head in championing the educational outcomes of looked after children.
Jim Knight: The national curriculum tests have been designed to ensure that the vast majority of pupils working at the level of the tests can access them. However there may be a small number of pupils who require additional arrangements to access the tests. Arrangements can be made to adjust test conditions to enable fair and equal access to the tests for these pupils.
There are many reasons why a pupil may require access arrangements. Access arrangements would be appropriate for pupils whose learning difficulty or disability significantly affects their ability to access the tests; pupils who are unable to sit and work at a test for a sustained period because of a disability or because of behavioural, emotional or social difficulties; and pupils for whom English is an additional language and who have limited fluency in English.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what average number of GCSEs was taken by pupils in maintained schools in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area; 
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