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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 East of England Government Office Region
 Maintained primary schoolsState-funded Secondary SchoolsPrimary and Secondary School

Number of Gifted and Talented pupils% of Gifted and Talented pupilsNumber of Gifted and Talented pupils% of Gifted and Talented pupilsNumber of Gifted and Talented pupils% of Gifted and Talented pupils

2009

34,930

9.0

2008

29,350

6.7

44,630

11.5

73,980

9.0

2007

36,150

8.4

50,711

13.0

86,850

10.6

2006

38,230

8.9

54,651

14.0

92,990

11.3

Source: School Census
Maintained primary(1) and state-funded secondary(1,2 )schools: number(3 )and percentage of gifted and talented pupils as at January each year—national figures for England
 Maintained primary schoolsState-funded Secondary SchoolsPrimary and Secondary School

Number of Gifted and Talented pupils% of Gifted and Talented pupilsNumber of Gifted and Talented pupils% of Gifted and Talented pupilsNumber of Gifted and Talented pupils% of Gifted and Talented pupils

2009

353,210

8.7

466,820

14.3

820,020

11.2

2008

331,580

8.1

448,380,

13.6

779,970

10.6

2007

282,310

6.9

416,440

12.5

698,740

9.4

2006

352,980

10.6

  
(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 local authorities in England has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Pre-school Education: Teachers

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average teacher to pupil ratio was in infant school classes in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) England in each year since 1997. [313493]

Mr. Coaker: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Pupils: Absenteeism

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals were classified as persistent absentees in (i) 1980 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available; [312060]

(2) how many and what proportion of white British (a) boys and (b) girls who were eligible for free school meals were classified as persistent absentees in (i) 1980 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available. [312061]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 19 January 2010]: The available information is shown in the tables.

The first year for which information is available on absence by pupil characteristics is 2005/06 and relates to secondary schools only. This was extended to primary and special schools in 2006/07.

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Maintained primary, state-funded secondary and special schools(1, 2, 3): Number and proportion of persistent absentees(4) by free school meal eligibility 2007/08—In England
All pupils(5)

Pupil enrolments who are eligible for free school meals classified as persistent absenteesProportion of pupil enrolments who are eligible for free school meals classified as persistent absentees(6)Pupil enrolments who are not eligible for free school meals classified as persistent absenteesProportion of pupil enrolments who are not eligible for free school meals classified as persistent absentees(6)All pupil enrolments classified as persistent absentees(7)Proportion of pupil enrolments classified as absentees(6)

Number/Proportion

81,880

8.2

146,330

2,7

232,810

3.6

White British(5)
Boys

Pupil enrolments who are eligible for free school meals classified as persistent absenteesProportion of pupil enrolments who are eligible for free school meals classified as persistent absentees(6)Pupil enrolments who are not eligible for free school meals classified as persistent absenteesProportion of pupil enrolments who are not eligible for free school meals classified as persistent absentees(6)All pupil enrolments classified as persistent absenteesProportion of pupil enrolments classified as absentees(6)

Number/Proportion

31,910

9.7

56,820

2.6

88,730

3,5

Girls

Pupil enrolments who are eligible for free school meals classified as persistent absenteesProportion of pupil enrolments who are eligible for free school meals classified as persistent absentees(6)Pupil enrolments who are not eligible for free school meals classified as persistent absenteesProportion of pupil enrolments who are not eligible for free school meals classified as persistent absentees(6)All pupil enrolments classified as persistent absenteesProportion of pupil enrolments classified as absentees(6)

Number/Proportion

30,900

9.8

58,790

2.8

89,690

3.7

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Includes maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies (including all-through academies). (3) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. (4) Persistent absentees are defined as having 64 or more sessions of absence (authorised and unauthorised) during the year, typically over 20 per cent. overall absence rate. (5) Number of pupil enrolments in schools from start of the school year up until 23 May 2008. Includes pupils on the roll for at least one session who are aged between five and 15, excluding boarders. Some pupils may be counted more than once. (6) The number of persistent absentee enrolments expressed as a percentage of the total number of enrolments with the same characteristics. (7) Includes pupils for whom characteristic data were missing or unclassified. Source: School Census

Pupils: Bullying

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate his Department has made of the level of bullying in schools. [314677]

Mr. Coaker: The annual TellUs survey gives us information on the extent of bullying in school. According to TellUs 3 (2008) 56 per cent. of young people say they have never been bullied in school and 39 per cent. say they have been bullied in school.

Overall 48 per cent. of young people surveyed said they had been bullied at some time during the last year, either in or out of school. The TellUs 3 statistics are published on our website at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/STR/d000828/index.shtml

Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has allocated per child in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Romford and (ii) Hornchurch constituency in each of the last five years. [315935]

Mr. Coaker: The Department allocates education funding to local authorities so the requested information for Romford and Hornchurch constituencies is not available.

Since 2006-07 the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) has been the main source of school funding. As the DSG is distributed using a single guaranteed unit of funding per pupil for each authority and is distributed from central Government to local government, a primary/secondary split on a central Government to constituency basis is not available.

Per pupil funding figures for 2005-06 to 2008-09 for Havering local authority are provided in the table. Final figures for 2009-10 are not yet available. The figures are for all funded pupils aged 3 to 19 and are in real terms:

Real terms revenue funding per pupil in Havering local authority—DSG plus grants. Pupils aged 3 to 19

£

2005-06 (Baseline)

4,360

2006-07

4,450

2007-08

4,600

2008-09

4,670

Notes: 1. This covers funding through the Dedicated Schools Grant, School Standards Grant, School Standards Grant (Personalisation) and Standards Fund as well as funding from the Learning and Skills Council; it excludes grants which are not allocated at LA level. 2. Price Base: Real terms at 2008-09 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 9 December 2009. 3. These figures are for all funded pupils aged 3 to 19. 4. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £10.

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Special Educational Needs

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties there are in (a) Torbay constituency, (b) the South West and (c) England. [313883]

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Ms Diana R. Johnson: This Department collects information on children who have special educational needs. For those pupils at School Action Plus and those pupils with a statement of special educational need information is collected on their primary need and, if appropriate, their secondary need. Information on primary need only is provided in the table.

Maintained primary(1), state-funded secondary(1,2 )and special schools(3): number of pupils (4) with behaviour, emotional and social difficulties(5) as at January 2009 in England, South West Government Office Region and Torbay Parliamentary Constituency
TorbaySouth WestEngland
Maintained primaryState funded secondaryAll specialMaintained primaryState funded secondaryAll specialMaintained primarySecondaryAll special

120

250

50

5,350

6,280

1,280

58,930

82,270

13,240

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Includes city technology colleges and academies. (3) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. (4) Headcount of solely registered pupils only, in schools located in Torbay, South West and England. (5) The statistics relate to those children whose primary specific special educational need is classified as Behavioural, Social and Emotional Difficulties. Only children at the School Action Plus provision category or with statements of SEN are categorised according to specific need in this way. Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Source: School Census

Teachers: Lancashire

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the teacher to pupil ratio is at each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in Lancashire; [314296]

(2) what the teaching assistant to pupil ratio is at each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in (i) Chorley constituency and (ii) each school in the Lancashire County Council area. [314298]

Mr. Coaker: The information requested has been placed in both the Libraries.