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Compensation Claims

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the total amount paid out by schools in compensation claims in 2004–05. [52104]

Jacqui Smith: My Department does not collect this information.
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Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the ratio of children to computers was at each primary school in (a) Kingston and Surbiton, (b) London and (c) England in each of the past 10 years. [53006]

Jacqui Smith: The Department does not collect the data requested for questions (a) and (b) . The national figures for computer to pupil ratios in primary schools in England from 1995 to 2005 are as follows:
Computer to pupil ratios in primary schools

A survey was not completed in 1997 and there are no national figures for that year.


Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of the performance of Connexions Partnerships. [52323]

Maria Eagle: Nationally, Connexions met its last operational target to reduce the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training by 10 per cent. between November 2002 and November 2004. The next set of formal targets is in 2006.

Of course, performance varies across the country and we continue to monitor progress at individual partnership level. Individual partnerships are subject to periodic formal reviews of performance by their Government Office and during these reviews, weak areas of performance are explored and if appropriate, remedial actions are agreed.

Government Office reviews also cover the progress that a partnership is making in addressing any areas for improvement identified by Ofsted.

As Connexions is integrated into children's trusts, performance will be monitored and inspected as part of the wider processes for judging the overall effectiveness of services for children, young people and families.


Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on the teaching of creationism as a subject in schools; and if she will make a statement. [49613]

Jacqui Smith: Neither creationism nor intelligent design is taught as a subject in schools. The national curriculum programme of study for science at key stage
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4 covers evolution. It sets out that pupils should be taught that the fossil record is evidence for evolution" and also how variation and selection may lead to evolution or extinction". Pupils should however be taught about how scientific controversies can arise from different ways of interpreting empirical evidence". Also, the biblical view of creation can be taught in RE lessons, where pupils are taught to consider opposing theories and come to their own, reasoned conclusions. Therefore, although creationism and intelligent design are not part of the national curriculum, they could be covered in these contexts.
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Departmental Projects

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list (a) individuals and (b) companies who have (i) donated money to and (ii) sponsored projects run by her Department where the sum provided was more than £100,000 since 1997; and which projects were supported in each case. [47299]

Bill Rammell: Individuals and companies that have donated money to and sponsored projects run by the Department for Education and Skills, where the sum provided is more than £100,000 since 1997 and the projects supported are listed in the following table.
Individual and corporate sponsors of projects over £100,000

Academy of Contemporary MusicMusic Manifesto
Adobe and MTVMusic Manifesto
Alec ReedWest London Academy
Allen and Nesta Ferguson Charitable FoundationNational Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) (bursaries for disadvantaged/BME NAGTY members to attend NAGTY summer schools and outreach)
Amey plcUnity City Academy
Barclays BankSponsorship of Uproject Presenting sponsor of Launch of Citizenship by the DfES London Business Challenge Sponsorship of Uproject summer activities programme
Barry TownsleyStockley Academy
Bell ScienceSoftware for National Network of Science Learning Centres
Bob EdmistonGrace Academy
BTAssociate sponsor of Launch of Citizenship Connectivity for CCEM Citizenship—including educational resource and awards
CiscoICT infrastructure for CCEM Sponsorship of City Academies 14–19 Working Group
Internet Business Solutions Group
Corporation of LondonCity of London (Southwark) Academy
David Meller and othersHarefield Academy
Deacon's Trust Perkins EnginesThe Thomas Deacon Academy
DecapoMusic Manifesto
Diocese of Liverpool and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of LiverpoolAcademy of St. Francis of Assisi
Diocese of Ripon and LeedsDavid Young Community Academy
Dixons CTC TrustDixons City Academy
Emmanuel Schools FoundationKing's Academy
Trinity Academy
Espresso EducationAssociate sponsor of Launch of Citizenship
Garrard Education TrustBusiness Academy, Bexley
Gatsby FoundationProvided contribution for Science Curriculum National Academy for Gifted and Talented Children and sponsorship of teacher training
Giving CampaignSupporter of launch of citizenship by the DfES
Goldman Sachs FoundationNational Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth
Greig Trust with the London Diocesean Board for SchoolsGreig City Academy
Harris Charitable TrustThe Academy at Peckham
Harris Charitable Trust with The Whitgift FoundationThe Harris Academy at South Norwood
Independent /HeraldMedia sponsorship of CCEM
Jack Petchey FoundationThe Petchey Academy
John Laycock and the University of the West of EnglandThe City Academy, Bristol
John MadejskiThe Madejski Academy, Reading
Kellogg'sPromote Parents Online and Parents Online Week through Kellogg's Wake up your mind promotion
Leicester Diocesan Board for Education and the Samworth BrothersThe Samworth Academy
Liverpool University and Granada LearningNorth Liverpool City Academy
Macmillan CTCMacmillan Academy
Morgan StanleyCitizenship
Oasis Community LearningThe Oasis Academy
OracleIT Equipment for Specialist Schools
PC WorldPromotion of Parents Online
Peter ShalsonLondon Academy (Brent)
Philip Green, Marks and Spencer, Next, GUS plcFashion Retail Academy
Plato LearningNational Network of Science Learning Centres
Roger de Haan Charitable Trust with Kent County CouncilMarlowe Academy
Roger de Haan Charitable Trust with Kings School CanterburyFolkestone Academy
Rolls RoyceNational Network of Science Learning Centres
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark with the Provincial de la Salle BrothersSt. Paul's Academy St. Matthews Academy
Royal Bank of ScotlandAim Higher Roadshows
Royal National Lifeboat InstitutionCitizen pack
Sir Clive BourneMossbourne
Sir Frank LoweCapital City Academy
Sun MicrosystemsICT Hardware of CCEM
Sutton TrustThe Independent/State School Partnership Scheme
The Mercers Company with Thomas Telford OnlineWalsall City Academy
The Mercers Company with Thomas Telford Online and HSBCSandwell Academy
Toc H and the Church of EnglandBradford Academy
UBSThe Bridge Academy
Youth Sport TrustThe Independent/State School Partnership Scheme
Various businesses (Individuals attending events to learn about the London Business Challenge)London Business Challenge

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Departmental Recruitment/Staff

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many job advertisements were placed by her Department (a) in total, (b) in print newspapers and magazines and (c) on a recruitment website in each year since 1997; and at what (i) total and (ii) average cost in each case. [50747]

Maria Eagle: The information requested is not collected centrally in the required format and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total number of civil service posts is in (a) her Department and (b) the Office for Standards in Education; and what the numbers were in July 2004. [50114]

Maria Eagle: The total number of civil servants currently employed in my Department is 3,784. At 1 July 2004 the number was 4,460.

HM Chief Inspector, Maurice Smith, has written to the hon. Member insofar as the question relates to Ofsted, and a copy of his letter has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Maurice Smith, dated 14 February 2006:

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