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General Certificate of Secondary Education

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families of those pupils achieving A* and A grades at GCSE, how many were at (a) comprehensive, (b) independent and (c) grammar schools in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [247780]

Jim Knight: The following table shows the number of pupils at the end of key stage 4 achieving at least one A* or A grade at GCSE and the number of these pupils who studied at comprehensive, independent and grammar schools.

Pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieving at least one A* or A grade at GCSE, by school type—Years: 2004-08 Coverage: England
Of which attended:

Number of pupils achieving at least one A* or A grade at GCSE Comprehensive schools Independent schools Grammar schools Other schools( 1)

2004

224,088

162,620

36,827

19,272

5,369

2005

228,623

166,142

37,443

19,448

5,590

2006

238,436

173,795

38,626

19,976

6,039

2007

242,629

177,604

38,674

20,046

6,305

2008

252,618

185,967

39,236

20,478

6,937

(1) Other schools’ includes modern and other maintained schools.
Source:
Secondary School Achievement and Attainment Tables

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 496W, on educational attainment, (1) how many (a) maintained secondary schools and (b) independent secondary schools fell within each percentage point in terms of the proportion of pupils at the end of key stage 4 who achieved seven or more GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics in 2008; [248565]

(2) how many (a) maintained secondary schools and (b) independent secondary schools fell within each percentage point in terms of the proportion of pupils at the end of key stage 4 who achieved nine or more GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics in 2008. [248566]

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

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, columns 1468-69W, on GCSE, if he will list the bottom 200 schools in terms of proportions achieving five or more GCSEs at A* to C including English, mathematics, science and a modern foreign language. [248568]

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

Learning Disability

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms are in place to ensure that funding allocated to local authority learning disability budgets is not spent on other areas; and if he will make a statement. [260531]

Jim Knight: We allocate revenue funding to local authorities via the Dedicated Schools Grant. The allocation to each local authority recognises through proxy indicators the needs of pupils in the authority but is provided for all defined responsibilities of local authorities and schools. It is not possible to specifically identify a sum for learning disabilities. The local authority will then apply its local funding formula, which will have been developed in consultation with the Schools Forum, to allocate funding to the schools in their area and to ensure that their formula takes account of the individual needs and pressures of their schools.

Schools have a duty under section 317 of the Education Act 1996 to use their best endeavours to make the necessary provision for pupils with SEN. In May 2008, an interactive website was published on the Audit Commission website, which helps schools determine if their spending on children with special educational needs is offering value for money and making real improvements to outcomes.

Members: Correspondence

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Northavon of 2 October 2008 on behalf of Mr. Mike Burgess, which was transferred to his office for reply by the Prime Minister's office. [259079]

Jim Knight: I replied to the hon. Gentleman on the 23 October 2008 as Minister with responsibility for this policy area.


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Pre-School Education

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, columns 490-91W, on pre-school education, how many and what proportion of children (a) under the age of two, (b) aged two, (c) aged three and (d) aged four years were in (i) full day care, (ii) full day care in children’s centres, (iii) sessional care, (iv) after school clubs, (v) holiday clubs, (vi) childminder care, (vii) nursery schools, (viii) primary schools with nursery and reception classes and (ix) primary schools with reception but no nursery in each year since 1997. [260057]

Beverley Hughes: The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on the ages of children in child care and early years providers in England. The following tables show the number and proportion of children attending child care settings for each year for which data are available. Data in the following tables are from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Childcare and Early Years Providers Surveys. Data are not available separately for those aged under one year. In the 2005 survey data are only available for two age bands: under two, and between two and four years. Data for earlier years are not available.

Table 1: Number of children attending child care and early years providers by age , 2007
Type of p rovider Under 2 years 2 years 3 years 4 years

Full day care

167,900

203,100

249,700

144,400

Full day care in children’s centres

14,300

18,800

19,700

11,000

Sessional care

5,200

63,500

158,600

93,700

After school

2,800

4,100

11,300

32,000

Holiday clubs

4,200

5,800

10,600

19,200

Childminder

53,300

39,700

33,600

26,500

Nursery schools(1)

17,600

20,600

Primary schools with nursery and reception classes(1)

119,200

214,000

Primary schools with reception but no nursery

83,800


Table 2: Proportion of children in England attending child care and early years providers by age , 2007
Percentage
Type of p rovider Under 2 years 2 years 3 years 4 years

Full day care

13

34

42

25

Full day care in children’s centres

1

3

3

2

Sessional care

0

10

27

16

After school

0

1

2

6

Holiday clubs

0

1

2

3

Childminder

4

7

6

5

Nursery schools

3

4

Primary schools with nursery and reception classes

20

37

Primary schools with reception but no nursery

15


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Table 3: Number of children attending child care and early years provides by age, 2006
Type of p rovider Under 2 years 2 years 3 years 4 years

Full day care

169,200

206,600

259,900

174,100

Sessional care

98,700

189,100

349,300

230,800

Before school

36,700

44,900

65,400

55,600

After school

41,000

50,300

73,400

66,400

Holiday care

55,400

68,400

91,700

73,100

Childminders

47,300

37,600

33,500

24,000

Primary school with nursery(1)

96,000

16,700

Primary school with reception(1)

17,100

Maintained nursery(1)

14,900

1,400


Table 4: Proportion of children in England attending child care and early years providers by age , 2006
Percentage
Type of p rovider Under 2 years 2 years 3 years 4 years

Full day care

13.1

32.9

42.9

29.5

Sessional care

7.6

30.1

57.6

39.2

Before school

2.8

7.2

10.8

9.4

After school

3.2

8.0

12.1

11.3

Holiday care

4.3

10.9

15.1

12.4

Childminder

3.7

6.0

5.5

4.1

Primary schools with nursery(1)

15.8

2.8

Primary schools with reception(1)

2.9

Maintained nursery(1)

2.5

0.2


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