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Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the borough of Sandwell, the effects on that borough of changes to the policies of his Department and its predecessors since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker: Since 1997 the Government have transformed education and child care with improved outcomes for children and young people. Figures showing the performance at Key Stage 2 and at GCSE and equivalents in Sandwell local authority are given in the following tables:
|Key Stage 2 results of 11-year-old pupils attending schools in the Sandwell local authority|
|Percentage of pupils gaining level 4 and above( 1)||1997||2009( 2)||Percentage point improvement 1997 to 2009|
|(1) Includes pupils attending all maintained schools (including Academies and City Technology Colleges).|
(2) Revised data.
School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables
|GCSE and equivalents( 1) results for pupils( 2) attending schools( 3) in the Sandwell local authority|
|Percentage of pupils gaining||1997||2009( 4)||Percentage point improvement 1997 to 2009|
|(1) From 2004 results incorporate GCSEs, GNVQs and a range of other qualifications approved pre-16. Prior to 2004 results are based on GCSEs and GNVQs only.|
(2) From 2006 figures are for pupils at the end of Key Stage 4. Prior to 2006 results are based on pupils aged 15.
(3) Includes pupils attending all maintained schools (including Academies and City Technology Colleges) and from 2000 does not include pupils recently arrived from overseas.
(4) Revised data.
(5) England figures also include independent schools as well as hospital schools and PRUs.
School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables
"Infant Class sizes"-the number of children at Key Stage 1 (including reception) in primary schools, taught by one teacher in classes over 30 has fallen from 4,423 in 1997 to 62 in 2009.
"School workforce"-an extra 750 teaching assistants and 1,430 more support staff than in 1997.
"Early education places"-the number of free part-time early education places taken up by three and four-year-olds in maintained, private, voluntary and independent providers has risen from 7,025 in 1997 to 7,465 in 2009.
Repairs to capital assets which bring them back to their original state are classified as a revenue cost, for which capital allocations cannot be used. Expenditure on capital assets which improves them further, including additions, is classified as a capital cost for which capital or revenue allocations can be used.
|School based expenditure on repair and maintenance of buildings in Hounslow local authority from 1999-2000 to 2008-09|
1. Financial information used in this answer are taken from the DCSF section 52 collection.
2. All expenditure on non-capital building works, including repairs and maintenance of buildings, and non-capital expenditure on fixed plant and grounds.
3. Building maintenance and improvement, including: Charges by contractors for internal and external repair, maintenance and improvement to buildings and fixed plant including costs of labour and materials; Related professional and technical services, including labour costs where supplied as part of the contract/service; Costs of materials and equipment used by directly employed staff for internal and external repair, maintenance and improvement to buildings and fixed plant; Fixtures and fittings e.g. carpet, curtains, etc.
4. Figures rounded to nearest £1,000. Cash terms figures as reported by local authorities as at 8 February 2010.
1. The allocations in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 includes £2.5 million, £3.5 million and £8.5 million respectively, which form part of the £20 million re-development of Heston School.
2. The allocations in 2009-10 and 2010-11 include £3.5 million and £8.5 million respectively for the new Primary Capital programme.
Mr. Coaker: Figures are not available for the parliamentary constituency of Feltham and Heston as data are collected at a local authority level. The available information on how much has been spent per pupil in Hounslow local authority is shown in the following table:
|School based expenditure per pupil from 1997-98 to 2008-09|
1. The financial information used in the answer is taken from CLG's RO1 collection (1997-98 to 1998-99) and from the DCSF S52 collection (1999-2000 onwards).
2. 2002-03 saw a further break in the time series following the introduction of Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) and the associated restructuring of the outturn tables. The change in sources is shown by the dotted line. From 2002-03 school based expenditure is taken from Section 52 Outturn Table A.
3. Pupil numbers include only those pupils attending maintained establishments within each sector and are drawn from the DCSF Annual Schools Census adjusted to be on a financial year basis.
4. The 1999-2000 figures reflect the return of GM schools to local authority maintenance. Consequently Las where there entire pupil provision were educated in GM schools will show a unit cost of zero prior to 1999-2000.
5. Expenditure was not distinguished between the pre-primary and primary sectors until the inception of Section 52 for financial year 1999-2000.
6. School based expenditure in LA maintained nursery schools was not recorded in 2002-03 and comparable figures are not available for 2003-04 onwards.
7. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10. Cash terms figures as reported by local authorities as at 8 February 2010.
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