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Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils at each academy achieved (a) five A* to C GCSE grades or equivalent, (b) five A* to C GCSE grades and (c) five A* to C GCSE grades in English and Mathematics in 2005; and what the equivalent figures were for the predecessor school of each academy in its last year of operation. [43048]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 23 January 2006]: The information requested is shown in the tables.
AcademyNumber of 15-year-old pupils(31)% achieving 5+A*-C GCSE and equivalents% achieving 5+A*-C GCSE only% achieving A*-C in English and mathematics
The Business Academy Bexley123291217
Greig City Academy.Haringey132541310
Unity City Academy2031646
Capital City Academy127171714
The City Academy Bristol170522319
West London Academy111281411
Manchester Academy114251512
The King's Academy182432924
Djanogly City Academy Nottingham237571818
The Academy at Peckham164222220
Walsall Academy5767721
London Academy170483524
Stockley Academy9819813
Northampton Academy198342818

(30) Figures from 2003/04 includes GCSEs and a range of equivalent qualifications approved pre-16. Figures for earlier years includes GCSE/GNVQ only.
(31) Age at the start of academic year i.e. 31 August.

Predecessor schoolsLast year of operation(32)Number of 15-year-old pupils(33)% achieving 5+A*-C GCSE and equivalents%achieving 5+A*-C GCSE only% achieving A*-C in English and mathematics
Thamesmead Community College2002100665
St. David and St. Katherine CofE2002147262419
Willesden High School2003156756
St. George Community Centre200318625139
Compton Sports College2003142372115
Ducie High School200313012118
Coulby Newham School2003135282419
Djanogly CTC2003171603027
Forest School200282201880
Warwick Park School2003167161411
TP Riley School2003834917
Edgware School2004213323221
Evelyns Community School2004126171313
Lings Upper School2004214302514

(32) Figures for 2004/05 are revised. Figures for earlier years are final.
(33) Age at the start of academic year i.e. 31 August
City of London, Lambeth and Mossboume Academies did not have any pupils taking GCSEs and are omitted from the table.

Civil Servants (Overseas Visits)

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what costs were incurred by her Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years. [46285]

Bill Rammell: The information requested is set out in the following table. The figures are taken from the Department's financial systems for the years in question. The figures include overseas visits by Ministers who are not classified as civil servants and could be separated only at disproportional cost. All travel by civil servants complied with the requirements of the Civil Service Management Code.
Expenditure on overseas visits


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These figures reflect the Department as constituted at the time the accounts were produced and so are not adjusted for Machinery of Government changes. Figures before 1996–97 are not available.

Colleges (Suspended Accreditation)

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether students who are enrolled on and have paid fees for courses for which colleges have had their accreditation suspended (a) are still able to qualify through external assessment and (b) are entitled to have their fees refunded. [48123]

Phil Hope: In these circumstances, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) would expect colleges to make alternative arrangements for the learners, either by offering alternative qualifications accredited with another awarding body or by arranging for an alternative college with the relevant accreditation to take over the provision to these learners.

Depending on the alternative educational arrangements, as set out above, for the learner to gain their qualification the college would be expected to consider whether a fee refund was appropriate for the learner. The LSC would expect colleges to consider, sympathetically, learner requests for fee refunds where they were not satisfied with the alternatives being offered. If the course fee included an element of examination fee then that should be refunded.

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many further education colleges have had NVQ accreditation status removed or suspended by the City and Guilds in the last 12 months; and what the NVQ subject areas were. [48124]

Phil Hope: This is a matter for City and Guilds of London Institute. I understand that Chris Humphries, Director General at City and Guilds of London Institute, has corresponded on this matter with the hon. Member.

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether further education colleges are allowed to (a) advertise and promote and (b) enrol students onto courses for which their NVQ accreditation has been suspended. [48125]

Phil Hope: The Government would not expect any college to enrol any new learners onto any programme for which their accreditation had been lost or suspended. We would also not expect advertising or promotion of such courses.
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Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many consultants have been engaged by her Department since March 2005; and at what cost. [43684]

Bill Rammell [pursuant to the reply, 26 January 2006, Official Report, c. 228W]: I am providing an amended response. The Department for Education and Skills spent £2.2 million from administration costs and £7.4 million from programme expenditure on consultants since March 2005 to date (April—December 2005–06 accounting period).

Criminal Record Checks

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the number of requests for enhanced disclosures that will be generated as a result of making Criminal Records Bureau checks mandatory for all new appointments of school staff. [45245]

Ruth Kelly: These new arrangements will generate demand for additional checks on top of the existing annual total of 2.9 million checks. However, making CRB checks mandatory which were previously strongly advised in guidance should not, in itself, lead to a significant increase in the number of requests for checks and on this basis the CRB is confident that it will be able to cope with the change without any reduction in its standards. We will work with them as they continue to monitor the situation.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out a timetable for (a) laying the regulations and (b) implementing the regulation to make it a mandatory requirement for Criminal Record Bureau checks on all new school staff. [45246]

Ruth Kelly: Work is currently in hand to make on-appointment CRB checks compulsory for all new appointments to the schools work force and to introduce a parallel requirement that all supply agencies have a CRB disclosure for all staff who work in schools. In the meantime, I have written to all schools setting out how the checking system will work so that heads are clear about their responsibilities.

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