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Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals did not gain one or more C grades or above at GCSE in 2008. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on the Key Stage 2 single level tests in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) develops and delivers the single level test (SLT) strand of the Making Good Progress pilot. QCA advises that the total amount spent on SLTs for both key stage 2 and key stage 3 in the period 1 February 2008 to 31 January 2009 was £6,986,404. This includes spending on development work associated with the June 2009 test round. It is not possible to extract the specific costs associated with key stage 2.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2009, Official Report, columns 1067-8W, on nurseries: vacancies, if he will estimate the number of full-time vacancies there were in local authority maintained nurseries in 2008. 
Beverley Hughes: The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on the number of childcare places in maintained nursery schools in England. Information regarding the number of full-time vacancies in maintained nurseries in 2008 is not yet available. The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey 2008 will be published later this year.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has provided to Ofsted in each year since 1997; and how much of this has been spent on (a) inspections and (b) inspections of early years settings in each year. 
Jim Knight: Ofsted is a non-ministerial Government Department and its funding is provided by the Treasury through a separate estimates process. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has therefore written to the hon. Member on this matter and a copy of her reply has been placed in the Libraries.
Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majestys Chief Inspector, for a response.
Ofsted is a non-ministerial government department and its funding is provided by HM Treasury. Table A shows the total funding provided to Ofsted in each year since 1997, as well as Ofsted's total expenditure and expenditure related to inspection and regulation activity, including that on early years settings.
Ofsted accounts refer to inspection costs under the category of total costs of inspection and regulation activity. The financial data in this response are derived from Ofsteds audited accounts using this wider definition, reflecting as consistently as possible the cost of inspection and regulation. The total programme cost of inspection and regulation activity includes only direct costs incurred by Ofsted in delivering inspection and regulation activity.
Please note that Ofsted has undergone considerable change since the financial year 1997-98. From 1997-98 to 2000-01, Ofsted was primarily responsible for the inspection of schools, local education authorities and teacher training. As stated above, from 2001-02, Ofsteds remit expanded to include early years inspection and regulation. Since April 2007, Ofsted has also had responsibility
for the inspection and regulation of care for children and young people, and the inspection of education and training for learners of all ages. Over the same period, improvements in the way we deliver inspection and regulation have enabled Ofsted to make substantial savings. These changes have affected the cost of early
years regulation and inspection and year on year comparison of these costs. Further explanatory notes accompany the table below.
A copy of this reply has been sent to Rt Hon Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.
|Table A: 0fsteds total funding and expenditure in each year since 1997|
|Financial year||Total funding||Total gross expenditure||Total programme cost of inspection and regulation activity||Total programme cost of Early Years Inspection and regulation activity|
1. In the financial year 2005-06, Ofsted used an improved method for calculating total costs of inspection and regulation. The 2004-05 figures above are the recalculated figures based on this new method.
2. Between the financial years 2004-05 and 2006-07 Ofsted established a new regional structure, rationalising the support for inspections within three regional offices. These changes led to substantial reduction in the cost of inspection and regulation activity.
3. Since April 2007, Ofsted has had responsibility for the inspection and regulation of care for children and young people, and the inspection of education and training for learners of all ages. Consequently, total funding and gross costs increased sharply.
Local authorities are required to consult on their school admission arrangements in accordance with the school admissions statutory framework once every three years, unless changes in the criteria are proposed. Each year, they publish information in a prospectus about each of the maintained schools, including academies, in their relevant area to ensure parents have access to information when applying for a school place.
Beverley Hughes: The remit for the Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum, asks Sir Jim Rose to consider whether it be appropriate to allow more choice and flexibility in start dates for children entering school who are summer born.
Sir Jim Roses interim report has recommended that entry into reception class in the September immediately following a childs fourth birthday should become the norm and the Review is exploring how this might be achieved without unduly restricting parental choice. The final report and recommendations will be published this spring. Ministers will consider the recommendations of the Review in due course and have not yet made any decisions.
Mrs. Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age in each local authority area have been referred for food intolerance testing in the last 12 months. 
Jim Knight: The following table sets out the numbers of maintained secondary schools in (a) rural and (b) urban areas that have closed in each year since 2000. We do not have reliable information about decisions made prior to 2000.
|Figures include middle deemed secondary schools|
The table shows closures where the schools ceased to be maintained and were not replaced. There are other circumstances involving school closure which have been excluded from the table because replacement provision
was established, for example in the case of a change to a school's religious character or an amalgamation of an infant and junior school to form a primary school.
|(1) Including middle deemed secondary.|
The table shows closures where the schools ceased to be maintained and were not replaced. There are other circumstances involving school closure which have been excluded from the table because replacement provision was established, for example in the case of a change to a schools religious character or an amalgamation of an infant and junior school to form a primary school.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects building work under the primary strategy for change programme to commence; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The 23 pathfinder authorities have already started work on their exemplar projects. We expect most to be completed by the end of this year. The programme is being rolled out nationally from April 2009. Early indications are encouraging. My statement of 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 56WS, confirmed that 133 strategies for change have already been either fully approved or approved with modification, enabling the Department to confirm 2009-10 funding for around 90 per cent. of eligible authorities. Local authorities collectively have reported that they are planning to start projects at more than 1,500 schools over the three year period 2008-11.
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