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Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate the Government have made of the total number of children not meeting the two hour sport and physical education public service agreement target. 
Kevin Brennan: The PE and school sport public service agreement set out in the comprehensive spending review 2004 is for 85 per cent. of 5 to 6-year-olds to be participating in at least two hours high quality PE and school sport by September 2008. The 2006/07 school sport survey found that 86 per cent. of 5 to 16-year-olds were doing the two hours. Around 900,000 5 to 16-year-olds are currently not doing the two hours, but we expect this number to reduce significantly by September 2008.
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 25 January 2008]: The information is not available in the form requested. Sure Start Children's Centres that provide integrated early learning and full day care (early years provision) are required to employ a graduate with qualified teacher status. This will include all centres serving the most disadvantaged communities and centres in less disadvantaged communities where full early years learning and care is provided on site to meet local demand. Local authorities confirm the teacher is in post when they seek designation for a Sure Start Children's Centre. There may also be graduates working as managers or in other professional capacities in centres. The proportion of centres with graduates will therefore vary from authority to authority depending on a variety of local factors.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which (a) regions and (b) local authority areas has the target to provide a Sure Start Childrens Centre for every community by 2008 been met to date. 
Beverley Hughes: The target for a Sure Start childrens centre for every community is 2010 not 2008. Local authorities in all regions are making good progress and we are on course to achieve the Governments interim target of 2,500 Sure Start childrens centres by 2008.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps have been taken to make the teaching of climate change and its
implications for the future part of the curriculum; and if his Department will consider combining physical education with green activities, such as planting trees. 
Kevin Brennan: Under both the current national curriculum in England for science and the new science curriculum to be taught in schools from September 2008, pupils aged 11-14 are taught about renewable energy and the possible impact of human activity, such as the burning of fossil fuels, on the environment. The current geography curriculum for 11 to 14-year-olds requires pupils to be taught about resource planning and management issues, for example developing alternative energy sources. From September 2008, environmental interaction and sustainable development will be one of the key concepts in the new geography curriculum for 11 to 14-year-olds with a requirement to study climate change.
In addition, the Growing Schools initiative encourages, supports and inspires all schools to harness the full potential of the living world as a cross-curricular teaching and learning resource, both within and beyond the school grounds. The programme focuses particularly on food, farming and environmental issues and on ensuring pupils are given first hand, practical experience in the outdoor classroom.
Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in (a) Tyne and Wear and (b) Houghton and Washington East constituency were eligible for education maintenance allowance at (i) £30, (ii) £20 and (iii) £10 in the last three years. 
Jim Knight: The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) operate the education maintenance allowance (EMA) for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). They hold information about take-up, at local authority level, since the scheme was rolled out nationally from September 2004. This information is published on the LSC website and is updated every month. It can be found at:
One of the criteria used to assess eligibility for the education maintenance allowance (EMA) is the household income of the young person. Since we cannot estimate this with accuracy at a local level, and not everyone who is eligible for EMA takes it up, it is not possible to provide estimates of the number of EMA eligible pupils.
Jim Knight: In the Childrens Plan published earlier this month we said that we will ensure that schools and local authorities take a proportionate approach to health and safety to allow children to take risks while staying safe. Through the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto we are already working with local authorities, sector bodies and school work force representatives to provide up to date guidance, resources and training modules. These will make it clear that all young people should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of their learning and personal development whatever their age or circumstances, and provide schools with the tools they need to make these opportunities available. We are also standardising quality and safety accreditation schemes so that schools can be confident in using external venues. This work includes revising our existing guidance The Health and Safety of Pupils on Educational Visits and we will expect local authorities to adopt these straightforward procedures when the guidance becomes available later this year.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with local authority childrens services on their use of emergency protection orders; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 24 January 2008]: The Department for Children, Schools and Families has not had any recent discussions with local authority childrens services on their use of emergency protection orders (EPOs). We strengthened guidance on the use of EPOs in revised guidance to local authorities, Working Together to Safeguard Children, issued in 2006. This guidance makes clear that emergency action normally takes place following an inter-agency strategy discussion and that, where a single agency has to act immediately to protect a child, a strategy discussion should take place as soon as possible. It also explains that legal advice should normally be obtained before initiating legal action, in particular when an EPO is to be sought. Through the Children and Young Persons Bill, we are amending the legislative provision for EPOs to remove an anomaly identified by the courts in equivalent legislation in Northern Ireland.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish the findings of the pilot stage tests in English and mathematics taken by 40,000 pupils in December 2007. 
Jim Knight [holding answer 28 January 2008]: In December 2007, 22,543 pupils took a total of 42,833 tests in the first round of single level tests as part of the Making Good Progress pilot. As this is the first pilot of a new assessment instrument, the National Assessment Agency is reviewing the outcomes from those tests before we release them to the individual schools which participated. We expect to publish overall results as part of PricewaterhouseCoopers' independent evaluation of the first year of the pilot.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were in receipt of free school meals in Easington in each
year since 2004; and if he will make a statement. 
|Maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools( 1, 2) : School meal arrangements, Easington parliamentary constituency, position in January each year, 2004-07|
|Maintained nursery and primary schools||Maintained secondary schools|
|Number on roll( 3)||Number of pupils taking free school meals( 4)||% taking free school meals( 4)||Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals||% known to be eligible for free school meals||Number on roll( 3)||Number of pupils taking free school meals( 4)||% taking free school meals( 4)||Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals||% known to be eligible for free school meals|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Excludes city technology colleges and academies. (3) Includes dually registered pupils and boarding pupils. (4) Relates to the number of pupils who actually took a free school meal on the say of the census in January. Source: School Census.|
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils sat (a) GCSE and (b) A-Level (i) history and (ii) geography in the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last 10 years; and what results were achieved. 
|Number of pupils in Bexley achieving each grade in GCSE geography and history in 1997/98 to 2006/07|
Figures relate to 15-year-olds, (age at the beginning of the academic year, ie 31 August), in all schools
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