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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained schools other than grammar schools select a proportion of their pupils on the basis of aptitude in a particular subject; and if he will make a statement. 
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what requests he has received from the Jewish community for additional school security measures in the last three months. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Secretary of State received one letter on this issue since the beginning of December 2008. This was a letter dated 1 December from the Community Security Trust. That letter followed previous exchanges and expressed the Trusts hope that the Departments Targeted Capital Fund might provide additional funding for security at Jewish schools.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many warning notices have been issued to schools by each local authority in each year from 1997 to 2008; and if he will make a statement. 
Local authorities are not currently required to inform the Secretary of State if they issue a warning notice but since April 2007 (when the Education and
Inspections Act 2006 came into force) have been under a duty to copy all warning notices to Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) England, (b) Kent and (c) Ashford constituency took one or more science GCSE in the last five year period for which figures are available. 
|Number of children who took one or more science GCSE|
|(1) Including academies.|
(2) Based on school location.
1. The data for 2004 are not comparable.
2. Data presented on same basis as table 10, 11 and 12 of the 2008 GCSE SFR.
Attainment and Achievement Table
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools entered one or more pupils for separate sciences at GCSE in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were not offered a place at their first preference secondary school in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: 2008 was the first year that local authorities were required to provide data to the Secretary of State on secondary school offers made to parents on the day that parents are notified of their school places. Data was not collected at a constituency level. Figures for Essex local authority, in which West Chelmsford constituency is situated, showed that 19.2 per cent. (3,087) of children resident in that authority who were eligible to transfer to secondary school in September 2008 were not offered a place at their parents' first choice school. 96 per cent. were offered a preferred school.
The day that parents are notified of their secondary school place is the first part of the process of obtaining a preferred school. These figures are likely to have changed by September as places became available or appeals were successful.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of procedures for co-operation between education and social services at local authority level. 
Beverley Hughes: Since 1 January 2008, the Children Act 2004, which followed the Victoria Climbié inquiry and the Every Child Matters Green Paper, has required local authorities to have a single director of childrens services with responsibility for education and childrens social services. This single officer provides a clear line of accountability for, and strong leadership of, all childrens services.
Inspectorates assess the effectiveness of childrens services. Until 2008, Ofsted made an annual performance assessment (APA) of each councils childrens services. Inspectorates undertook a joint area review (JAR) of childrens services in each local authority area during the period from 2005 to 2008.
From 2009, APAs and JARs will be replaced by a new comprehensive area assessment (CAA), led by the Audit Commission and including Ofsted and other relevant inspectorates. CAAs will report annually on services, including childrens services, in each local authority area. Ofsted will lead a programme to inspect childrens safeguarding and services for looked-after children, in each local authority area every three years. Inspectors may also decide to carry out inspections on other services, should a CAA report indicate that they are poor and not improving.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on issuing statements of special educational needs in each local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Department does not collect the information on how much was spent on issuing statements of special educational needs. However, the information provided to the Department by local authorities on their total planned net expenditure on the administration, assessment and co-ordination of statements for 2008-09 is contained within the following table.
|Local authority name||Table 1: 2.0.2 SEN administration assessment and co-ordination|
Bury, Essex, Lancashire and Redbridge local authorities have recorded zero for line 2.0.2. These LAs have recorded some elements of SEN administration assessment and co-ordination within other SEN lines in the data collection. Lines include 2.0.1 (Educational Psychology Service), 1.2.1 (Provision for pupils with SEN, (including assigned resources), 1.2.2 (Provision for pupils with SEN, provision not included in line 1.2.1) and 1.2.3 (Support for inclusion). Detailed guidance is provided by DCSF on how to complete various lines in the data collection. It is however for each local authority to determine how they eventually record these activities.
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