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A core grant allocation of £31,003,000 has been agreed as part of the comprehensive spending review agreements for 2010-11. The additional contributions for specific programme delivery have not yet been agreed.

The Department operates on three year, Comprehensive Spending Review cycles which currently extend to March 2011 only. Figures from April 2011 onwards are not available at the present time.

Departmental Consultants

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department and its associated public bodies paid to consultants in the last year for which data are available; to which organisations such payments were made; for what purposes; and how much the payment was in each case. [249229]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Department for Children Schools and Families spent £61.4 million on external consultancy in 2007-08. The Department does not hold
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the requested information for its associated bodies, as they are independent and are responsible for their own data.

Like most Government Departments, the Department uses consultants to work on specific projects outside our business as usual, such as where the Department does not have the skills internally or where a different, external or specialist perspective on complex issues is needed. It would only be possible to list the amount and purpose of each payment at disproportionate cost.

Education Maintenance Allowance

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total cost was of providing the (a) £10, (b) £20, (c) £30 and (d) bonus payment of the education maintenance allowance for the last three years for which figures are available. [260396]

Jim Knight: The following table shows EMA expenditure on the weekly payments split by income band and bonus payments for each academic year 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08:

£ million
Expenditure on EMA by band (£) 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08

30

282.2

345.2

363.0

20

24.3

27.7

27.7

10

11.3

12.2

12.2

Expenditure on bonus payments

80.7

97

100.5


For the benefit of clarity the table excludes administration or marketing costs in relation to each of these elements.

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people have yet to receive an education maintenance allowance payment to which they are entitled in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and
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(d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. [260802]

Jim Knight: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) who operate the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). Mark Haysom the LSC's Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.

Every Child Matters

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions his Department had with representatives of EU institutions on its Every Child Matters programme in the two years before October 2004; and if he will make a statement. [260462]

Jim Knight: I am not aware of any discussions between the Department and representatives of EU institutions on the Every Child Matters Agenda prior to its launch in 2004.

There is no EU competence in children's services and very limited competence in youth policy. Activity at European level is largely restricted to encouraging exchanges of young people and youth workers between member states. We do however work with member states and the EU institutions to exchange good practice and information on national policy development. Through these mechanisms we have promoted the Every Child Matters approach.

Free School Meals

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children receive free school meals in (a) Vale of York constituency, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England. [260064]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Information about children eligible for free school meals is shown in the following table.

Maintained nursery and primary schools, state-funded secondary schools: School meal arrangements: Position in January 2008—Vale of York parliamentary constituency, North Yorkshire local authority, England
Nursery and primary schools( 1,2) State-funded secondary schools( 1,2,3)

Number of pupils known to be eligible for free schools meals Percentage known to be eligible for free schools meals Number of pupils known to be eligible for free schools meals Percentage known to be eligible for free schools meals

England

641,490

15.5

433,140

13.1

Vale of York

310

4.2

360

6.0

North Yorkshire

3,390

7.8

2,440

6.0

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Includes dually registered pupils.
(3) Includes City Technology colleges and Academies.
Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Source:
School Census

GCSE

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in (a) independent and (b) maintained schools received five or more GCSE grades A* to C including English, mathematics, science and a foreign language in each of the last five years. [249110]

Jim Knight: The requested information can be provided only for pupils at the end of their Key Stage 4 studies going back to 2005, data earlier than 2005 are on a different basis and therefore not comparable.


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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils at pupil referral units did not achieve an A*-G grade at GCSE in either English or mathematics in the most recent year for which records are available. [247858]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Of the 6,943 pupils reported to be at the end of key stage 4 who were registered solely in pupil referral units in 2008, 1,696 did not achieve a grade A*-G in GCSE mathematics, 1,903 did not achievea grade A*-G in English.

The percentage of pupils who achieved five or more grades A* -C including English, mathematics, science and a foreign language is as follows:

Percentage

Maintained schools Independent schools

2008

22.7

36.4

2007

22.1

47.4

2006

23.2

60.4

2005

25.3

66.8


GCSE: Disadvantaged

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals did not get any GCSEs at grade (a) C, (b) D, (c) E, (d) F and (e) G or above in 2008. [244315]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The information requested is given in the following table:

Pupils( 1) eligible for FSM who did not get any GCSEs at the indicated grades in 2008

Number

C or above

31,647

D or above

19,632

E or above

11,771

F or above

7,639

G or above

5,747

(1) Pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in maintained schools. Source: National Pupil Database.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals took fewer than five GCSEs in 2008. [251115]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: 9,173 pupils eligible for free school meals were entered in fewer than five GCSEs(1) in 2008(2).

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of free school meals pupils achieved A* to C grades at GCSE in 2008. [251194]

Jim Knight: The number of pupils at the end of key stage 4 eligible for free school meals achieving at least
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one A* to C grade at GCSE or equivalent in 2008 was 53,300. This was 71.4 per cent. of all pupils eligible for free school meals.

GCSE: Mathematics

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils gained a C grade or above in GCSE mathematics in each year since 2003. [260536]

Jim Knight: The number of pupils achieving an A*-C grade in GCSE mathematics in each year since 2003 can be found through the following links. Prior to 2005, figures are available only for 15 year-old pupils. In 2005, figures are available for both 15 year-old pupils and pupils at the end of Key Stage 4. From 2006, figures are available only for pupils at the end of Key Stage 4. Care should be taken when constructing a time series, as figures for 15 year-old pupils are not directly comparable to figures with pupils at the end of Key Stage 4.

2003:

(Table 6: Figures based on 15 year old pupils).

2004:

(Table 9: Figures based on 15 year old pupils).

2005:

(Table 10: Figures based on pupils at the end of Key Stage 4, Table 10a-Figures based on 15 year old pupils).

2006:

(Table 10: Figures based on pupils at the end of Key Stage 4).

2007:

(Table 10: Figures based on pupils at the end of Key Stage 4).

2008:

(Table 10: Figures based on pupils at the end of Key Stage 4).


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Number of pupils achieving an A*-C grade in GCSE mathematics in England

Number of 15 year old pupils achieving an A*-C grade in GCSE mathematics Number of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieving an A*-C grade in GCSE mathematics

2003

298,600

n/a

2004

318,800

n/a

2005

328,800

331,800

2006

n/a

344,700

2007

n/a

354,700

2008

n/a

361,100


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