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Maintained primary( 1) and state-funded secondary( 1,2) schools: School meal arrangements by national curriculum year group, England 2008-09
2008 2009
National curriculum year Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM Number of pupils( 3) Number of pupils eligible for FSM( 4) % of pupils eligible for FSM

Nursery classes

285,840

13,330

4.7

289,070

13,170

4.6

Reception

543,260

81,870

15.1

559,410

88,980

15.9

1

529,720

88,620

16.7

549,710

94,330

17.2

2

535,060

90,810

17.0

530,840

92,650

17.5

3

543,420

92,220

17.0

533,210

92,800

17.4

4

558,160

92,260

16.5

542,780

93,560

17.2

5

563,640

91,640

16.3

557,070

92,550

16.6

6

577,950

92,930

16.1

562,880

91,600

16.3

7

558,300

88,970

15.9

567,600

93,600

16.5

8

565,990

85,700

15.1

558,520

86,190

15.4

9

577,670

82,810

14.3

565,450

82,720

14.6

10

579,360

79,110

13.7

577,830

78,720

13.6

11

588,210

71,840

12.2

569,440

71,140

12.5

12

216,660

12,640

5.8

225,560

13,420

5.9

13

158,900

6,340

4.0

163,440

6,730

4.1

14

2,850

380

13.2

2,650

310

11.9

(1)( )Includes middle schools as deemed. (2)( )Includes CTCs and academies. (3)( )Includes sole and dual (main) registrations. (4)( )Those eligible may choose not to take up their offer of a free school meal for various reasons, e.g. through preference or through non-attendance on the day. Pupils are counted as eligible only if they meet the eligibility criteria and make a claim. Note: Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10, percentages rounded to one decimal place. Source: School Census.

GCSE

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 15 year olds entitled to free school meals achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics in each local authority in 2009; and if he will make a statement. [312442]

Mr. Coaker: The requested information is given in Table 5 of the Statistical First Release 'GCSE Attainment by Pupil Characteristics, in England 2008/09' which was published on 15 December 2009 at:

Breaking the link between disadvantage and low attainment is a national priority. To ensure we meet this priority, Public Sector Agreement 11 (PSA) specifically focuses on narrowing the gap between children from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. Local authorities must set statutory attainment targets, in line with PSA 11, that amongst other things, increases the proportion of children eligible for free school meals achieving five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics. The performance of local authorities to date in narrowing attainment gaps is variable, depending on many circumstances including the starting point of children in that authority. All LA targets will be reviewed to ensure they are ambitious but realistic.

Gifted Children: Birmingham

Mr. Godsiff: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils at schools in Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency have been identified as gifted and talented since 2006. [312190]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department does not collect data about participation in gifted and talented programmes. Through the School Census schools are asked to confirm the number of gifted and talented pupils they have identified. The tables below show the number and percentage of children identified as gifted and talented in the Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency in the January census between 2006, when the question was first asked, and 2009.

2006 records include Secondary G&T pupil data only. Otherwise, figures include Primary(1) and Secondary(1,)( )(2 )school data broken down by the number(3) and percentage of gifted and talented pupils.


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Maintained primary( 1) and state-funded secondary( 1,)( )( 2 ) schools: Number( 3) and percentage of gifted and talented pupils as at January each year in the Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency
Maintained primary schools State funded secondary schools Primary and secondary schools
Number of gifted and talented pupils Percentage of gifted and talented pupils Number of gifted and talented pupils Percentage of gifted and talented pupils Number of gifted and talented pupils Percentage of gifted and talented pupils

2009

1,340

7.8

730

8.2

2060

8.2

2008

1,290

7.6

680

7.6

1970

7.6

2007

780

4.6

760

8.5

1540

6.0

2006

-

-

900

10.1

900

10.1

(1) All data include middle schools as deemed.
(2) All data include City Technology Colleges and Academies.
(3) All data show solely registered pupils only.
Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Source:
School Census

A data table showing information for all constituencies in England has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Home Education

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to publish the results of his consultation on home education registration and monitoring. [310788]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The response to the "Home Education: Registration and Monitoring Proposals" public consultation was published on 11 January 2010. It can be found on the Department's Consultation Unit's website on:

Literacy: Finance

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much he expects his Department to spend on giving free books to 11-year-olds in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement. [312466]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department for Children, Schools and Families expects to spend £2.7 million in 2010-11 delivering free books to 11-year-old children. This funds the Booked Up programme, delivered by the charity Booktrust, which offers a choice of book, from a selected list, to every child of this age. In the recent Pre-Budget Report, funding was agreed for specific areas of spending for the years 2011-13. We will be considering allocations of funding beyond those areas, including for Booktrust, within a full spending review due to take place later this year.

National Curriculum Tests

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many pupils with a valid level of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the information in Table 6 of DCSF: National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 2 in England 2008-09 is based. [304707]

Mr. Coaker: Pupils with a valid level at both key stage 1 and key stage 2 are included, excluding pupils who wee absent or disapplied from the key stage 1 assessments. Only pupils who have reached the end of key stage 2 in 2009 are included.

In table 6 of DCSF: National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 2 in England 2008-09; 543,039 pupils are included in key stage 1 reading and writing results to key stage 2 English; 543,092 pupils are included in key stage 1 mathematics results to key stage 2 mathematics; 543,038 pupils are included in key stage 1 reading, writing and maths results to key stage 2 science; 543,120 pupils are included in key stage 1 reading results to key stage 2 reading and 543,086 pupils are included in key stage 1 writing results to key stage 2 writing.

National Safeguarding Delivery Unit: Finance

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the budget is of the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit for (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12. [309716]

Dawn Primarolo: The allocated budget for the National Safeguarding Delivery Unit (NSDU) for 2009-10 is £2.03 million. This funding is to meet salary costs for staff in the unit as well as activities to support improvement in safeguarding standards and better, more consistent practice across the country, including the revision of the statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children.

The costs of staff seconded to the NSDU from the Department of Health, Ministry of Justice and the Home Office are being met by their home Departments

The NSDU's budget for 2010-11 and 2011-12 has not yet been agreed.


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