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National Curriculum Tests

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many national curriculum test papers from 2008 schools have asked to be re-marked; [240603]

(2) when he expects all national curriculum test papers from 2008 to have been re-marked and returned to schools. [240625]

Jim Knight: The National Assessment Agency (NAA) has in place arrangements for marking to be reviewed where a school believes that it is inaccurate to the extent that a pupil has received an incorrect national curriculum level. The NAA is currently managing the final phase of the reviews process and expects that all results will be issued to schools in the coming weeks. The great majority of schools have already received results for their review applications. Once the final phase of review marking is complete, NAA will be able to provide data on the volume of reviews for the 2008 national curriculum test cycle.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the annual cost of pre-tests for (a) key stage 1, (b) key stage 2 and (c) key stage 3; and if he will make a statement. [241886]

Jim Knight: The National Assessment Agency (NAA) is responsible for administering national curriculum tests. NAA advise that the annual costs of pre-tests are as follows:

KS1: The last pre-test was conducted in 2005 and NAA does not have separate costs for this.


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KS2: An estimate of pre-testing costs for 2008 per subject are as follows:

KS3: An estimate of pre-testing costs for 2008 per subject are as follows:

Pre-school Education: Class Sizes

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many infants were in classes of over 30 pupils in each year since 1997. [241882]

Jim Knight: The number of infants in classes of over 30 pupils in each year since 1997 can be found in the Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes in Maintained Schools in England Statistical First Releases between 2000 and 2008 and the Class Sizes in Maintained Schools in England Statistical First Release between 1997 and 1999. These can be viewed online at:

(Table 9 for figures between 1997 to 1999).

(Table 9 for figures between 2000 and 2003).

(Table 11 for figures between 2004 and 2008).

Private Education: Specialised Diplomas

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which independent schools are offering diplomas, broken down by diploma type. [240631]

Jim Knight: There are currently no independent schools offering diplomas in 2008/09. However, Wellington college has confirmed its intention to offer the diploma in engineering as early as September 2009.

Schools

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Fresh Start schools have opened in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. [241621]

Jim Knight: The number of Fresh Start schools which opened each year is as follows:

Number of Fresh Start schools

2001

4

2002

3

2003

5

2004

6

2005

5

2006

3

2007

7

2008

1


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The majority of Fresh Start schools have made real progress towards raising standards of attainment. At secondary level we expect other programmes, including National Challenge, to be the main focus for secondary school transformation in future.

Schools: Disabled

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in England and Wales have produced a disability equality scheme since the entry into force of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. [242001]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1159W.

Special Educational Needs: Finance

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recurrent additional capital funding specialist schools receive to support their specialism; and if he will make a statement. [241622]

Jim Knight: Specialist schools receive a one-off capital grant of £100,000 on their initial designation, which is conditional on them raising £50,000 in sponsorship. The capital grant must be used, together with the sponsorship raised, to enhance the school’s facilities for teaching the specialist subject(s). Specialist schools may also apply for a one-off capital grant of £25,000 when they redesignate, if they can match this with £25,000 in sponsorship, to enable them to renew their specialist facilities and improve and sustain relationships with business and employer partners.

Specialised Diplomas: Costs

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the estimated cost is of providing (a) diplomas and (b) academic diplomas in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10, (iii) 2010-11 and (iv) 2011-12. [240600]

Jim Knight: Five diploma lines in engineering, construction and the built environment, information technology, creative and media and society, health and development have started being taught from September 2008; five lines (business, administration and finance, environmental and land-based studies, hair and beauty studies, hospitality, and manufacturing and product design) will start being taught from September 2009; four lines (public services, sport and active leisure, retail business, and travel and tourism) will start being taught from September 2010; and three lines (humanities, science and languages) will start being taught from September 2011.

The estimated funding levels for diplomas from 2008-09 to 2010-11 are shown in the following table.

£ million

2008-09

117.6

2009-10

113.1

2010-11

78.1


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The diploma spending plans for 2011-12 will be considered as part of the next Spending Review and funding levels will be determined at that stage.

Specialised Diplomas: Finance

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what additional funding allocations will be made for the delivery of the new diplomas in each year from 2008-09 to 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. [241628]

Jim Knight: The estimated funding levels for diplomas from 2008-09 to 2010-11 are shown in the following table:

£ million

2008-09

117.6

2009-10

113.1

2010-11

78.1


These costs include teacher training, additional funding to local areas and per student, and preparation and delivery costs such as transport.

The diploma spending plans for 2011-12 will be considered as part of the next spending review and funding levels will be determined at that stage.

Specialist Schools: Languages

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the Answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 900W, on specialist schools: languages, which specialist schools have chosen languages as one of their specialisms. [240583]

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

Teachers

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many qualified teachers under the age of 60 are (a) not currently teaching and (b) not currently teaching in maintained schools. [240599]

Jim Knight: The information requested is shown in the following statistical publication: School Workforce in England (including pupil:teacher ratios and pupil:adult ratios), January 2007 (Revised)

(Table I1 and I2 give figures for March 2006).

Figures for 2007 will be published on 11 December 2008 and may be viewed online after 9.30 am that day:

Teachers: Pay

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much was spent on wages for (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff as a proportion of GDP in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2008; [240563]


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(2) how much was spent on wages for (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff in (i) Yorkshire and the Humber and (ii) Vale of York constituency in (A) 1997 and (B) 2008. [240564]


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Jim Knight: The available information is contained within the following tables:

Staffing expenditure by local authority maintained schools in England as a percentage of GDP for 1996-97 and 2007-08
Staffing (pay) expenditure by local authority maintained schools in England
1996-97 2007-08 (estimated)
£ As a percentage of GDP £ As a percentage of GDP

Teaching staff

9,725,742,000

1.23

18,429,079,000

1.30

Education support staff

1,213,867,000

0.15

4,246,602,000

0.30

Other school staff

1,754,316,000

0.22

3,022,919,000

0.21


Staffing expenditure by local authority maintained schools in Yorkshire and Humberside for 1996-97 and 2007-08
1996-97 2007-08
Teaching staff Education support staff Other support staff Teaching staff Education support staff Other support staff

Yorkshire and Humberside

1,094,692,000

136,602,000

177,427,000

1,840,920,000

453,859,000

286,883,000

Barnsley

44,590,000

5,196,000

6,819,000

75,231,000

18,618,000

11,840,000

Bradford

115,239,000

33,686,000

11,536,000

207,242,000

58,551,000

32,955,000

Calderdale

30,630,000

4,780,000

6,474,000

83,093,000

18,286,000

14,111,000

City of Kingston upon Hull

58,226,000

6,773,000

11,928,000

85,705,000

28,501,000

15,961,000

Doncaster

69,012,000

12,415,000

8,241,000

111,336,000

24,867,000

17,928,000

East Riding of Yorkshire

65,170,000

7,764,000

9,834,000

111,236,000

23,102,000

20,545,000

Kirklees

86,091,000

13,195,000

8,995,000

151,600,000

38,052,000

20,445,000

Leeds

158,403,000

6,625,000

39,893,000

247,972,000

64,563,000

40,054,000

North East Lincolnshire

38,299,000

4,679,000

6,311,000

52,803,000

14,925,000

11,230,000

North Lincolnshire

35,543,000

3,555,000

7,584,000

55,700,000

14,056,000

8,495,000

North Yorkshire

124,708,000

9,917,000

13,607,000

216,073,000

40,361,000

28,108,000

Rotherham

64,616,000

6,379,000

8,312,000

108,298,000

28,890,000

14,114,000

Sheffield

99,886,000

14,828,000

16,910,000

165,695,000

42,402,000

28,910,000

Wakefield

70,542,000

3,805,000

16,133,000

113,163,000

27,019,000

15,824,000

York

33,737,000

3,005,000

4,850,000

55,776,000

11,666,000

6,362,000

Notes:
1. Teaching Staff includes teaching staff, supply teaching staff and agency supply teachers.
2. Other School Staff includes premises staff, admin staff, catering staff and other staff.
3. GDP cash data sourced from ONS data for money GDP.
4. Figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000.
5. The 1996-97 data taken from the R01 which was collected from CLG (formerly ODPM). The 2007-08 data taken from Section 52 Outturn statements.
6. Cumbria LA has yet to make a 2007-08 Section 52 Outturn Submission and consequently the England total for 2007-08 is estimated.
7. Cash terms figures as reported by local authorities as at 4 December 2008.

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