To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of mainstream maintained schools did not enter any pupils for an A level in a modern foreign language in each year since 2005. 
In 2008, 263 (15.3 per cent.) maintained mainstream schools did not enter any pupils for a GCE A-level in a modern foreign language. In 2007 the number was 265 (15.6 per cent.) and in 2006 it was 287 (16.8 per cent.). Data for 2005 are held in a different format than those for earlier years. Consequently, figures for 2005 can be produced only at disproportionate cost.
1. Only pupils aged 16 to 18 have been counted.
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2. Schools published in the Achievement and Attainment Tables with more than 10 candidates at the end of advanced study and having any results in A-level subjects have been included.
Pupil Exclusions: Special Educational Needs
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 24 February 2009, Official Report, columns 754-55W, on special educational needs, how many of the exclusions referred to were exclusions from special schools. 
The available information on the number of permanent and fixed period exclusions (not pupils) from special schools, for pupils with statemented or non-statemented special educational needs of behavioural, emotional or social difficulties, for 2005/06 and 2006/07, is shown in the following table.
Information is only available for the school years 2005/06 and 2006/07 and is shown in the table. For the 2005/06 school year, information on fixed period exclusions was collected via the school census for the first time but for secondary schools only. In 2005/06, reasons for exclusion were not collected from special schools.
Special schools( 1) : Number of fixed period and permanent exclusions where pupils primary special educational need is emotional, behavioural and social difficulties( 2) , by reason for exclusion (estimates)( 3) , England, 2005/06 and 2006/07
Fixed period( 4)
Physical assault against a pupil
Physical assault against an adult
Verbal abuse/threatening behaviour against a pupil
Verbal abuse/ threatening behaviour against an adult
Drug and alcohol-related
Persistent disruptive behaviour
(1) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. (2) Data for primary SEN need is collected for pupils with a statement of special educational needs or who are classified as being school action plus only. Data here has been taken from the National Pupil Database. (3) Figures relating to reasons for permanent exclusion are estimates based on incomplete pupil-level data. (4) In 2005/06, data on fixed period exclusions was not collected from special schools. (5) In 2005/06, reasons for exclusion were not collected from special schools. (6) Less than 5. Note:
Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Source:
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To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which (a) mainstream and (b) special schools (i) he and (ii) Ministers in his Department have visited in an official capacity in 2009 to date; and on what date each such visit took place. 
The following table shows mainstream and special schools visited by Ministers at the Department for Children, Schools and Families since 2009 to date.
East Ward Community Primary School, Willow Street, Bury, Lancashire
Broadoak Sports College, Hazel Avenue, Bury
Christ the King School; Christ the King Centre for Learning, Stockbridge Lane, Huyton
Morley High School, Fountain Street, Leeds
Perry Beeches School, Beeches Road, Birmingham
Beechwood School, Long Readings Lane, Slough, Berkshire
Sacred Heart RC Secondary School, Camberwell New Road, London
Visit to Alfred Salter Primary School, Quebec Way, Rotherhithe
Visit to Coundon Court School and Community College, Northbrook Road, Coundon, Coventry
Visit to Linden Lodge School, 61 Princes Way, Wimbledon Park, London
Visit to Battersea Park School, Battersea Park Road, London
Visit to The Trinity School in Nottingham, Beechdale Road, Aspley, Nottingham
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on ICT (a) in total and (b) per pupil in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in England in each year since 1997. 
The Department does not keep records of data on ICT spend in the form requested.
Social Services: Children
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities are not pursuing an open tender for their social work practice pilot. 
Two of the six chosen pilot sites, Blackburn with Darwen and Staffordshire local authorities, are not pursuing an open tender for their social work practice pilot.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much his Department has spent on golden hellos for graduates entering the teaching profession in shortage subjects in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many people entering the teaching profession have received golden hellos in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
The total cost and number of golden hello payments made to newly qualified teachers in each financial year from 2001-02 is shown in the following table:
Financial year( 1)
Amount (£ million)
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(1) The Department reimbursed golden hello payments to local authorities through the Standards Fund during the period 2001-02 to 2004-05. Since 1 April 2005 the Training and Development Agency for Schools has managed the reimbursements to local authorities for these payments.