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Your recent parliamentary questions have been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for response.
The Common Assessment Framework is a standardised approach, used at local level, to conducting individual assessments of children's additional needs and deciding how these should be met. The new system for assessing local authority children's services is the Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA), which came into place from 1 April 2009.1 have assumed your questions relate to the latter.
Under the arrangements for CAA, all local authority children's services have been assessed by Ofsted and received an annual rating for 2009. The ratings, based on a four-point scale, have been published in a letter for each of the 152 local authorities, which is available to view on the Ofsted website. This annual rating of children's services will also form part of the joint inspectorate CAA area and organisational assessments for each of the 152 local authorities, which have now been published on the 'oneplace' website.
Ofsted also introduced unannounced visits to front-line social care services for children and young people from 1 June 2009. As of 7 December 2009, 29 reports have been published and the list can be found in full in Table A at the end of this letter. By the end of June 2010 all local authority children's services will have been subject to such an inspection.
In addition, a three-year programme of full inspections of local authority services for safeguarding and looked after children began in June 2009. As of 7 December 2009, nine local authorities have been inspected. The local authorities are listed in Table B at the end of this letter and the reports have been published on the Ofsted website. Local authorities are given no more than two weeks' notice of an inspection and it would therefore be inappropriate to list the authorities due for inspection in the next six months.
A copy of this reply has been sent to Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.
The 29 local authorities already inspected under the unannounced visits to front-line social care services for children and young people since June 2009.
Hammersmith and Fulham
The nine local authorities already inspected as part of the three-year programme of full inspections of local authority services for safeguarding and looked after children since June 2009.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list for each local authority those Co-operative Schools registered with his Department; and if he will indicate what steps his Department has taken to encourage local authorities to expand this number. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 16 December 2009]: Schools are required to notify the Department's School Organisation Unit if they have changed their status and/or acquired a Trust, but the Department plays no role in decisions on individual cases. According to our records the following schools in the listed local authorities have become co-operative Trust schools.
|BTEC First Diploma awards achieved by those with an academic age of 16 in England, 2003/04 to 2007/08|
|Year in which qualification was achieved|
|Qualification Title: EDEXCEL Level 2 BTEC First Diploma||2003/04||2004/05||2005/06||2006/07||2007/08|
Figures few than three and more than zero have been suppressed and replaced by *.
National Information System for Vocational Qualifications.
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