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John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the pupil to teacher ratio in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Leeds West constituency was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
|Pupil:teacher ratios( 1) in local authority maintained primary and secondary schools( 2) , January 2009|
|Coverage: Leeds West constituency|
|(1) The within school PTR is calculated by dividing the total FTE number of pupils on roll in schools by the total FTE number of qualified teachers regularly employed in schools.|
(2) Excludes academies and city technology colleges.
For statistical purposes only, pupils who do not attend both morning and afternoon at least five days a week are regarded as part-time. Each part-time pupil is treated as 0.5 FTE.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which line items in table 8.4 of his Department's annual report for 2009, indents the funding allocation for (a) extended schools-sustainability and (b) extended schools-subsidy elements of the Standards Fund 2010-11 Allocations spreadsheet published on the Teachernet website. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much he expects his Department to spend on supporting its national strategies in each of the next two years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: In the current year we have committed £390 million to National Strategies programmes. This includes the development and delivery of free resources to schools through the National Strategies contract as well as support to local authorities and schools to enable them to access the strategies' training and intervention programmes.
Expenditure for 2010-11 has yet to be determined and will depend upon the priorities set in the National Strategies Annual Plan which we hope to agree in December. We have already announced that the National Strategies contract will not be renewed when it comes to an end in March 2011. Instead, we will be placing resources directly into the hands of schools, giving them greater freedom to determine their improvement needs and to secure the most appropriate support.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been allocated to the Youth of Today programme in each of the next five years, and under which budgetary headings such expenditure falls. 
These costs are to deliver a fellowship programme; ministerial shadowing scheme; a local shadowing scheme; a young leader's campaign; stimulate the youth leadership
sector and create a leadership progression framework; deliver a £1 million grant opportunity scheme; promote leadership in education; connect international best practice and provide youth led support and challenge to government and public services.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost to the public purse was of payments to European Schools in respect of (a) teachers' salaries and (b) other support in the last year for which figures are available. 
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children involved in Children Act proceedings in each court area are awaiting the appointment of a guardian ad litem; and what the average waiting time in each such area was in the latest period for which figures are available. 
|Court circuit||Cases awaiting allocation (at 15 September)||Total children||Average waiting time for cases received April to August 2009 (working days)|
There are 916 cases awaiting allocation which represents 6.9 per cent. of Cafcass' total open public law workload. All of these cases have been reviewed, prioritised and
screened for risk and this is a continuous process until substantive allocation takes place. This Department has asked Cafcass to take urgent action to tackle the unallocated cases and has made available additional resources of up to £1.6 million in this financial year to do so.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils in (a) independent and (b) comprehensive schools achieved five or more A* grades at GCSE in the last year for which figures are available; 
8,558 pupils (18.3 per cent.) at the end of Key Stage 4 in independent schools achieved five or more A* grades at GCSE.
12,663 pupils (2.4 per cent.) at the end of Key Stage 4 in comprehensive schools achieved five or more A* grades at GCSE.
178 pupils (0.9 per cent.) at the end of Key Stage 4 in academies achieved five or more A* grades at GCSE.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which 10 non-core curriculum subjects the number of GCSE entries was highest in each (a) comprehensive, (b) selective and (c) partially-selective local authority area in 2009. 
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which 10 non-core curriculum subjects the number of GCSE entries was highest in (a) maintained comprehensives, (b) maintained selective, (c) maintained secondary modern and (d) independent schools in 2009. 
|Most popular non-core subjects by school type, 2009|
|Rank||Maintained c omprehensive||Entries||Maintained s elective||Entries||Maintained secondary m odern||Entries||Independent schools||Entries|
1. These figures have been derived from the Achievement and Attainment data and cover pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in 2009.
2. Data for 2009 are provisional and subject to change after school checking.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils in receipt of free school meals in (a) maintained schools and (b) all schools achieved a grade A* in history GCSE in 2008; 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 13 July 2009]: Of those pupils at the end of key stage 4 who were eligible to receive free school meals in maintained schools in England, 354 achieved a grade A* in GCSE History in 2008.
The figures relate to pupils in maintained schools only. Information collected regarding free school meals forms part of the School Census which is only carried out in maintained schools. The free school meal information that is linked to attainment is for those eligible for free meals rather than those in receipt of.
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