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Table 2
Pupils
Reviews Review requested Reviews resulting in a lower level Reviews resulting in an increase in level

2004 2005 2006 2007 2004 2005 2006 2007 2004 2005 2006 2007

KS 3 English

Individual review(1)

6,978

2,413

4,790

3,446

306

18

5

10

3,870

1,077

775

1,521

Percentage

0.05

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.60

0.17

0.12

0.23

Group review(2)

n/a

20,544

75,133

25,549

2,422

581

107

488

10,968

2,485

1,825

3,019

Percentage

0.37

0.09

0.02

0.08

1.69

0.38

0.28

0.46

KS 3 Mathematics

Individual review

479

604

615

536

13

2

0

1

289

403

401

283

Percentage

0.00

0.04

0.06

0.06

0.04

Group review

n/a

0

230

0

n/a

0

5

0

n/a

0

11

0

Percentage

n/a

0.00

n/a

0.00

KS 3 Science

Individual review

3,086

2,298

1,976

2,651

31

8

5

3

1,157

832

779

898

Percentage

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.18

0.13

0.12

0.14

Group review

n/a

870

426

825

n/a

35

18

15

n/a

61

21

22

Percentage

n/a

0.01

0.00

0.00

n/a

0.01

000

0.00

(1) Individual reviews are for schools that believe the mark scheme was incorrectly applied for one or more pupils but not across the cohort.
(2) Group reviews are for schools that believe the mark scheme was incorrectly applied across the cohort (which must be more than 30 pupils). Group reviews in mathematics and science were not conducted until 2005.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what reports have been prepared by the National Assessment Agency into the reliability of Key Stage tests since 1 January 2002; which of those reports have been published; if he will publish the unpublished reports; and if he will make a statement. [227035]

Jim Knight: While the National Assessment Agency (NAA) does not routinely produce or publish reports on reliability of Key Stage tests in general, it has produced some reports on the reliability of marking. These are available on the NAA website.

Parents: Employment

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government has taken to increase the attainment of employment-based skills by parents. [224987]

Mr. Simon: I have been asked to reply.

We are making skills and learning provision as flexible and accessible as possible both to create a more highly skilled, productive work force and to achieve our goals for improved social justice and inclusion.

Recognising that the family can be a good place to learn, the Learning and Skills Council funds family literacy, language and numeracy programmes, where parents can work towards basic skills qualifications. At the same time, they receive help with supporting their children’s learning. A further outcome is that many, having gained confidence and skills, want to gain employment. LSC further funds the Family Learning Network which runs a variety of learning events such as the Family Learning Festival taking place over the course of October 2008.

The Government have made a clear commitment to integrate the employment and skills systems. The aim is that all of those out of work—including parents—will get the help they need to address their skills needs, find employment and progress in work through continued skills development. To help more people find more learning, we are creating a new adult advancement and
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careers service, drawing together a full range of advice and support on issues such as jobs, skills, child care, housing, financial and personal issues to address the broader needs of customers.

Pre-school Education

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the projected annual costs arising from the extension of free entitlement to nursery places to all two year olds; [226102]

(2) when he expects the extension of the free entitlement to nursery places to all two year olds to be implemented. [226103]

Beverley Hughes: We are currently working with our delivery partners to develop plans to extend the free early education entitlement for two-year-olds. Pilots are already operating in 63 local authorities. More information about the extension will be included in the child care strategy document, announced in June and to be published within the next three months.

Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when he expects all two to five year olds in England to be entitled to 15 hours per week of pre-school education; and if he will make a statement; [226322]

(2) how many three to five year olds he expects to be entitled to 15 hours per week of pre-school education in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement; [226320]

(3) how much additional funding will be made available to increase the pre-school education entitlement to 15 hours per week for two to five year olds in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement; [226323]

(4) how many two year olds he expects to be entitled to 15 hours per week of pre-school education in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement. [226321]

Beverley Hughes: From 2010 all three and four-year-olds will be entitled to 15 hours of free early education. We
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are already implementing a staged roll out of the extended entitlement, with three and four-year-olds in 34 local authority pathfinders entitled to 15 hours free early education from this year and an additional 25 per cent. of children in all other local authorities entitled to 15 hours of free early education from 2009. An additional £590 million is available between now and 2011 for this extension. Subsequent funding will, of course, depend on the outcome of the next comprehensive spending review.

We are currently working with our delivery partners to develop plans to extend the free early education entitlement for two-year-olds. Pilots are already operating in 63 local authorities. More information about the extension will be included in the child care strategy document, announced in June and to be published by the end of this year.

Primary Capital Programmes

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish the primary capital programmes submitted to his Department by each local authority in 2008; and if he will make a statement. [225031]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: There are no immediate plans to do so. We are currently finalising our assessment of the strategic plans for local delivery of the primary capital programme and expect to be in a position to notify local authorities of the outcome shortly.


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