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Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he will reply to the hon. Member for Christchurch's letter of 16 September 2009 on the Mediabox project, The Dreamwalkers. 
Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department has no record of that letter being received. If the hon. Member forwards a copy of the letter to the Department it will be answered in line with Whitehall standards.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many times the National Council for Educational Excellence has met since 1 January 2009; and which Ministers attended those meetings. 
Mr. Coaker: There was one meeting of the full National Council for Educational Excellence on 16 July 2009 at Acland Burghley School. I attended along with my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, the Prime Minister, the Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property and my hon. Friend, the Under-Secretary of State for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships.
Mr. Coaker: In 1997 there were 9,266 sole registered pupils (headcount) being taught in primary schools with over 800 pupils. The equivalent figure for 2009 is 14,127 pupils. Information is sourced from the school census.
|Primary schools( 1) : Number of fixed period exclusions by age and reason for exclusion, and the number of times pupil enrolments( 2) were excluded by age( 3) , England 2007/08|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Pupils may be counted more than once if they were registered at more than one school or moved schools during the year. (3) Age as at 31st August 2007. (4) Less than 5. Note: Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Source: School Census|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the average annual sum spent per pupil in the private educational sector; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: The Department does not collect data from the independent sector. However, the hon. Member may be interested to know that the Independent Schools Council (ISC) conducts an annual census and information for independent day school fees can be found on their website on:
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have had one or more periods of absence from school for more than a week due to serious illness in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency since 1999. 
The latest available information on absence where the reason code is illness (not medical or dental) is available in the SFR 'Pupil Absence in Schools in England: Autumn Term 2008 and Spring Term 2009' at:
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in each local education authority area are entitled to free school meals; and if he will make a statement. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the pupil to teacher ratio has been in each local education authority in the East of
England at key stage (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 in each year since 1999. 
Mr. Coaker: Information on pupil to teacher ratios (PTR) by key stage is not collected centrally. Figures are however available for the within school PTR by phase of education. The following table shows the number of pupil to teacher ratios in local authority maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools in each local authority within the east of England Government office region, January 1997 to 2009.
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