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Information Meeting Pilot Exercises

Lord Ashbourne asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Chancellor: The following organisations have received grant-in-aid funding to conduct information meeting pilot exercises under the provisions of the Family Law Act:


All grants-in-aid were made in accordance with the terms and conditions laid down by HM Treasury, following an application by each organisation.

Information about the amounts of grant-in-aid paid must remain confidential at present, as negotiations are continuing in relation to further pilots and disclosure of costings would be likely to affect my department's negotiating position with potential pilot providers.

Ethnic Minorities: Applications for Public Appointments

Baroness Flather asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have evaluated the number of members of the ethnic minorities replying to advertisements for public appointments since the new procedures under Lord Nolan's recommendations have come into force.[HL914]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: All departments encourage applications from under-represented groups using various methods, including advertising, to establish a field of candidates. In accordance with the

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guidance issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments, individual departments keep information about the selection process undertaken for appointments to executive NDPBs and NHS bodies. This includes equal opportunities data on gender, ethnic origin and disability.

Ethnic Minority Issues: Ministerial Responsibility

Baroness Flather asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which Minister or Ministers carry special responsibility for ethnic minority issues in the Cabinet.[HL915]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): My right honourable friend the Home Secretary carries special responsibility for community relations issues. In addition, all members of the Cabinet are responsible individually for ensuring that their policies impact fairly on and address the needs of members of ethnic minority communities.

Wales: Analysis of A-Level Points

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for Wales for comprehensive schools, independent schools, further education colleges and for all institutions in each of the years 1994 to 1997 giving for each kind of institution the average A-level points obtained per pupil in each of the subjects: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, English literature, history, geography, French and economics.[HL905]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Information on the average point score per pupil by subject is not available centrally and could be provided only by incurring disproportionate cost. The following table shows the average point score per A-level (or AS equivalent) examination entry. For most subjects, where there is only one examination available, this is likely to approximate closely the average score per pupil. However, for mathematics, where pupils can sit more than one examination in a year, there may be some differences.

Average A-level (or AS equivalent) point score per examination entry for schools and colleges in Wales (a)

1994199519961997
Comprehensive schools (b)
Mathematics (c)5.55.75.46.0
Physics4.75.15.15.5
Chemistry4.75.15.25.6
Biology (d)4.34.64.95.4
English literature5.05.55.65.9
History5.25.25.55.9
Geography5.45.25.35.7
French5.45.55.95.8
Economics4.74.95.45.6
Independent schools
Mathematics (c)7.26.76.87.3
Physics7.16.26.26.6
Chemistry6.96.26.77.0
Biology (d)6.55.76.07.0
English literature6.77.47.27.0
History5.95.75.95.6
Geography6.16.26.05.9
French6.66.26.46.7
Economics4.75.35.64.8
Further education colleges
Mathematics (c)4.74.74.45.5
Physics5.25.15.06.1
Chemistry4.14.24.35.6
Biology (d)3.83.84.04.6
English literature4.44.74.95.5
History4.24.14.65.0
Geography5.24.94.85.5
French6.15.55.96.0
Economics4.94.14.33.8
All institutions (e)
Mathematics (c)5.55.65.36.0
Physics5.05.25.25.7
Chemistry4.85.05.25.8
Biology (d)4.34.54.75.4
English literature4.95.45.55.8
History5.04.95.35.7
Geography5.45.35.25.7
French5.65.65.95.9
Economics4.74.85.15.2

(a) A-level point score is calculated on the following basis:

A-levels: Grade A=10 points, B=8, C=6, D=4, E=2.

AS examinations: Grade A=5 points, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.

(b) LEA and grant maintained secondary schools.

(c) All syllabuses including statistics.

(d) Includes Human Biology.

(e) Includes special schools and pupil referral units.


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Wales: Analysis of National Curriculum Tests 1994-97

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for Wales showing for all state schools, independent schools and all schools taken together, the percentage of all 11 year-old pupils in each of the years 1994 to 1997 passing National Curriculum tests at level 4 or better together with the average level attained per pupil and the corresponding average subject age of pupils, calculated using the relationship between expected National Curriculum level and actual pupil age published by the Department for Education and Employment, in the following subjects: mathematics, English and science, showing separately for state schools the percentages and averages for local education authority schools, voluntary schools (including together voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, and special agreement schools) and

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    grant-maintained schools showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools and the number of 11 year-old pupils.[HL879]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Industrial action by teachers severely affected Key Stage 2 testing arrangements in Wales in 1994 and to a lesser extent, in 1995. As a result, no reliable figures can be compiled for 1994. Participation was higher in 1995 and national figures for Wales were published for all subjects apart from Welsh. The information requested is shown in the following tables. These figures do not attempt to define an average level of pupil performance. There would be no correspondence between any such average and the National Curriculum level descriptions, which are designed to be rounded descriptions of performance. Average subject ages have not been calculated as a disproportionate cost would be incurred.

The Key Stage 2 results figures relate to children assessed at Key Stage 2: most, but not all, of these children will have become 11 years old during the school year.

Numbers of schools for which Key Stage 2 task/test results were available:

Type of School199519961997
Local Education Authority (LEA) (excluding voluntary) maintained primary and special schools8641,2111,214
Voluntary maintained primary schools197241240
Grant Maintained (GM) primary schools455
Independent schools111316

Key Stage 2 test results in Wales, 1995-1997, by type of school

YearNumber of pupils assessedPercentage at Level 4 or above
LEA (excluding voluntary) maintained primary and special schools
English
Boys199512,89040
199616,95047
199716,51056
Girls199512,38055
199615,80064
199715,46069
All pupils199525,26047
199632,75055
199731,97062
Mathematics
Boys199513,81045
199616,78055
199716,53062
Girls199513,00049
199615,82056
199715,47063
All pupils199526,81047
199632,60055
199732,00063
Science
Boys199513,29070
199616,67063
199716,55069
Girls199512,68070
199615,75064
199715,47071
All pupils199525,97070
199632,42063
199732,02070
Voluntary Primary Schools
English
Boys19952,11046
19962,44057
19972,40065
Girls19951,99064
19962,41071
19972,36077
All pupils19954,11055
19964,85064
19974,75071
Mathematics
Boys19952,19050
19962,42062
19972,39069
Girls19952,04056
19962,43061
19972,36067
All pupils19954,23053
19964,85061
19974,76068
Science
Boys19952,14073
19962,42068
19972,39077
Girls 19952,02074
19962,42070
19972,35077
All pupils19954,16074
19964,84069
19974,74077
GM Primary Schools
English
Boys19957053
19967069
19976076
Girls19956071
19967085
19977081
All pupils199512061
199614077
199713079
Mathematics
Boys19957071
19967079
19976081
Girls 19955087
19967066
19977069
All pupils199512078
199613072
199713074
Science
Boys19957085
19967080
19976095
Girls 19956082
19967084
19977089
All pupils199512084
199613082
199713091
All Schools
English
Boys199515,13041
199619,71048
199719,08057
Girls 199514,52056
199618,43065
199718,05070
All pupils199529,65049
199638,14056
199737,13064
Mathematics
Boys199516,13046
199619,42056
199719,10063
Girls 199515,19050
199618,47056
199718,06064
All pupils199531,32048
199637,89056
199737,16064
Science
Boys199515,56070
199619,28064
199719,11070
Girls 199514,85070
199618,32066
199718,05073
All pupils199530,41070
199637,59065
199737,16072

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