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Pupil Exclusions

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils received more than (a) 15 and (b) 20 fixed-period exclusions in the most recent year for which figures are available. [312791]


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Mr. Coaker: The requested information for 2007/08 is shown in the table. Information for 2006/07 has also been included.

Primary, secondary and special schools( 1, 2, 3) : Number of times pupil enrolments were excluded for a fixed period( 4) , 2006/07 and 2007/08
Number of pupil enrolments( 4)

2006/07 2007/08

Number of fixed period exclusions per pupil enrolment:( 5)

More than 15

130

150

More than 20

40

40

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2 )Includes city technology colleges and academies (including all-through academies). (3) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. (4) Pupils may be counted more than once if they were registered at more than one school or moved schools during the school year. (5) Those pupils counted in the 'more than 20' category are also included in the 'more than 15' category. Note: Figures rounded to nearest 10. Source: School Census.

Pupils: Epilepsy

Mr. Timpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children with epilepsy in mainstream schools who achieve examination results lower than indicated by their assessed intellectual level. [312675]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: Information on the attainment of pupils with epilepsy is not collected centrally.

Pupils: Greater London

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average per pupil funding in (a) rural, (b) urban and (c) inner London secondary schools was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [310541]

Mr. Coaker: The average per student funding of secondary schools in rural, urban and inner-London settings is set out for the financial years 2004-05 and 2009-10 in the following table. Data are not available before 2004-05 as the urban/rural classification was only created in 2004. To produce urban/rural data for all years would be at disproportionate cost so a comparator of inner London and rest of England has been provided for intervening years.


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The Education (Budget Statements) (England) Regulations, total budget share (plus grants)( 1, 2 ) per pupil( 3) in secondary schools( 4) in England in inner London( 4) and rest of England 2004-05 to 2009-10 (with an urban/rural split in RoE: 2004-05 and 2009-10), cash terms( 5) figures as reported by local authorities as at 12 January 2010
Total budget share (plus grants) per pupil (£)

Inner London Urban (excluding inner London) Rural Rest of England (i.e. excluding inner London) England

2004-05

4,580

3,440

3,250

3,410

3,460

2005-06

4,970

-

-

3,700

3,760

2006-07

5,380

-

-

4,040

4,100

2007-08

6,020

-

-

4,380

4,440

2008-09

6,260

-

-

4,560

4,630

2009-10

6,480

4,750

4,430

4,700

4,770

(1) Budget share plus grants allocated to schools is the combination of the schools individual budget share plus any revenue grants allocated to the school at the start of the financial year. This does not include any capital funding allocated to schools.
(2) The amount of money allocated to a school depends on the school funding policy of each local authority. There will be differences between authorities in the amounts of funding held centrally to spend on behalf of their schools.
(3) The pupil numbers used to calculate the per pupil amounts are as reported by the local authority on their Section 52 Budget Statement (Table 2), comprising the full-time equivalent number of pupils registered at the school, used for the initial determination of the school's budget share under the local authority's allocation formula.
(4) Included are all local authority maintained primary schools which are reported by their LA as being open for the entire final year (schools that are reported as either opening or closing during the financial year have been removed).
(5) Figures are rounded to nearest £10.

Pupils: Obesity

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has made an estimate of the level of obesity amongst pupils who are eligible for free school meals. [310368]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 12 January 2010]: The information is not available in the form requested.

However, the National Child Measurement programme (NCMP) provides data on the prevalence of obesity in children aged four to five years (reception year) and 10 to 11 years (year 6). Figures 13 and 14 in the NCMP report for 2008/09 provide information on the prevalence of obese children in reception and year 6 as measured by the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2007. This publication has been placed in the Library. The report shows there is a strong gradient for child obesity against area-based deprivation: the obesity prevalence rate in children in the decile of highest deprivation is 22.6 per cent. compared to 13.4 per cent. of children in the decile of lowest deprivation. Data from the school census 2009 shows a similar gradient for eligibility for free school meals against area-based deprivation: 40.5 per cent. of pupils aged five to 15 in the decile of highest deprivation are eligible for free school meals compared to 2.3 per cent. of pupils aged five to 15 in the decile with lowest deprivation.

Schools: Microphones

Rob Marris: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of state schools in England have a facility for the sound amplification of teachers' voices fitted in the majority of classrooms. [315955]

Mr. Coaker: The Department does not collect information about the number of state schools with the facility for the sound amplification of teachers' voices.

For schools that wish to install such facilities, guidance is given in the Department's Building Bulletin 93 "Acoustic Design of Schools".

Rob Marris: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has commissioned any recent research on the effects on pupil (a) learning and (b) behaviour of the sound amplification of teachers' voices in classrooms. [315956]

Mr. Coaker: The Department has not commissioned any research about the effects of the sound amplification of teachers' voices in classrooms on pupil learning and behaviour.

Schools: Playing Fields

John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much revenue has accrued from the sale of school playing fields since May 1997; and what area of such fields has been sold in Leeds West constituency in that period. [306591]

Mr. Iain Wright: Legislation was introduced on 1 October 1998, under section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act, to stop the indiscriminate sale of school playing fields. We do not hold records of how many were sold before this date but we do know that there was growing public concern about the number being lost. Since 1 October 1998 no school playing field has been sold to raise revenue funding.

A sale is only allowed if the playing field in question is genuinely surplus and all of the sale proceeds must be used towards specific capital projects to improve school sports provision or educational facilities.

Investment in school buildings has risen from £683 million in 1996-97 to £21.8 billion in the three year period 2008-09 to 2010-11. Schools no longer have to sell their playing fields to pay for repairs.

There have not been any approvals for the sale of school playing fields in Leeds West constituency.

Schools: Preston

Mr. Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effects on schools of changes to the level of expenditure on school sports in Preston since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [311233]

Dawn Primarolo: In the eight years to 2011, the Government would have invested £2.4 billion in the national PE and sport strategy which aims to improve the quality and quantity of physical education (PE) and school sport up and down the country. At the heart of our strategy is the establishment of a national infrastructure of School Sport Partnerships, which now includes every maintained school in the country. However, the boundaries and membership of School Sport Partnerships in Preston has changed over time, as the network was rolled out across the country. This makes it difficult to show, accurately, the extent of the impact of that investment in Preston.


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However, our annual PE and sport survey shows that, in Lancashire as a whole, the percentage of pupils doing at least two hours high quality PE and sport per week has increased over time, as follows:

Percentage

2004/05

56

2005/06

77

2006/07

82

2007/08

89


In 2008/09, the survey changed to measure the percentage of pupils doing three hours high quality PE and sport each week. For Lancashire as a whole this figure was 52 per cent., against a national figure of 51 per cent.

Schools: Sports

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has made a recent estimate of the proportion of schools which hold an annual sports day. [316730]

Mr. Iain Wright [holding answer 10 February 2010]: The annual PE and Sport Survey collects data from maintained schools relating to pupils' participation in PE and sport. The 2008/09 survey found that all primary schools and 98 per cent. of secondary schools held a sports day during the last academic year.

Schools: Standards

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools rated inadequate for (a) behaviour and (b) leadership by Ofsted are also rated (i) inadequate overall, (ii) satisfactory overall, (iii) good overall and (iv) outstanding overall; [316913]

(2) how many schools Ofsted rates (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory and (d) inadequate. [316914]

(3) how many schools Ofsted rates as outstanding for leadership. [316915]

Mr. Coaker: These are matters for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 11 February 2010:


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Teachers

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many qualified teachers have stopped working as teachers since 2003; [315518]

(2) how many teachers who had left the maintained sector were teaching in another sector in the latest year for which figures are available. [315528]

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

Teaching: Licensing

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the General Teaching Council on arrangements for implementation of his Department's proposed licence to practise; how much funding has been allocated to the implementation of that scheme; and if he will make a statement. [316908]

Mr. Coaker: We are working closely through a joint project with the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) to design a licensing system that is simple and workable. The clauses providing for a 'licence to practise' are included in the Children, Schools and Families Bill which is progressing through Parliament. We have already published an impact assessment alongside the Bill which outlines our current estimates of the costs of introducing the system to support the 'licence to practise'. We will have a clearer picture of the precise costs once the joint work with the GTCE is concluded. The impact assessment and other related documents are available on the website at:


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