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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects (a) St Johns Primary School in Waltham Chase, (b) Bishops Waltham Primary School and (c) Curdridge Primary School to receive their Raise Online reports. 
Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majestys Chief Inspector, for a response.
Full RAISEonline reports, containing contextual information and analysis based on 2008 Key Stage 1 data were made available to St Johns Primary School, Bishops Waltham Primary School and Curdridge Primary School on 24 November 2008. An updated report containing unvalidated Key Stage 2 data will be available in April 2009. The RAISEonline website will provide further details regarding the date of availability in March 2009.
A copy of this reply has been sent to right hon. Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners and will be placed in the library of both Houses.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in maintained schools received specialist instrumental and vocal tuition in each year since 2001. 
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to assess demand for specialist instrumental or vocal tuition amongst (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in maintained schools on a continuous basis. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Local authorities are currently drawing up their local three year music action plans, and have the main responsibility for addressing the needs and demands of children in their schools.
The Standards Fund Music Grant is a major source of funding for local authorities to provide participation opportunities for its young people. The guidance to the grant states its purpose is spending on activities which enhance opportunities for pupils to access high quality music education, giving priority to instrumental and vocal opportunities at KS2. The guidance goes on to say that local authorities
retain overall responsibility for monitoring the quality and value for money of the provision purchased, and for ensuring that access at KS2 is a priority.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The OPEN e-procurement system is managed by a team that has been established in DCSF. The team are responsible for managing the service on behalf of schools, provided by the OGCs contract with ProcServe who deliver a framework for provision of this e-procurement system. As part of the Departments support for schools it has established local educational procurement centres (EPCs) to provide on-the-ground support to schools on a regional basis, facilitating access to and support with the OPEN along with information and guidance to assist schools in understanding their procurement needs and maximise their budget.
Information on the number of full-time vacancy numbers and rates in local authority maintained schools in England by phase, local authority and Government Office Region is available from table 21 published in the Workforce Statistical First Release and is available at the following link:-
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average number of days of sickness absence in each childrens social services department in each local authority was for the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
(1) Figures are based on amended data.
(2) Pupils attending all maintained schools plus non-maintained special schools.
National Pupil Database
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils with (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) unstatemented special educational needs who attended independent schools achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE (i) in all subjects and (ii) including English and mathematics in each year since 2003. 
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with statements of special educational needs attended (a) maintained and (b) non-maintained special schools in each year since 1997. 
|Pupils with stateme nts of special educational need: England|
|Maintained special schools||Non-maintained special schools|
Figures rounded to the nearest 10.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with non-statemented special educational needs attended (a) maintained and (b) non-maintained special schools in each year since 1997. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Information on non-statemented pupils with special educational needs was only collected from maintained special schools since 2002 and from non-maintained special schools since 2003. The available information is shown in the following table.
|Non-statemented pupils with special educational needs : England|
|Maintained special schools||Non-maintained special schools|
|(1) not available.|
Figures rounded to the nearest 10
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: A table has been placed in the Libraries indicating which maintained special schools had places for boarders in 2008, including those which closed during that year. This has been drawn from Edubase, which contains information supplied by local authorities and schools.
The Department does not collect data on the number of boarders actually taking up places. In general, local authorities fund special schools on the basis of the number of pupils for which they are expected to cater, including boarders, whether or not the places are actually occupied. This enables a stable resource base to be maintained, while allowing for the admission of pupils whose needs are identified during the year.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained special schools had (a) between 100 and 200 pupils, (b) between 201 and 300 pupils, (c) between 301 and 400 pupils and (d) over 400 pupils in 2008. 
|Maintained special schools: number of schools by si ze( 1) , position as at January 2008, England|
|Number of schools|
|(1) Excludes dually registered pupils|
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