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Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The correlation between the key stage 2 to key stage 3 value added measures and the key stage 3 to GCSE/GNVQ value added measure for the 200 pilot schools with both measures was +0.26.
|VA measure||% 5 or more grades A*C||Average GCSE/GNVQ point score||% eligible for free school meals|
|KS2 to KS3||0.72||0.66||0.61|
|KS3 to GCSE/ GNVQ||0.40||0.46||0.16|
The pilot covered only a sample of schools and included only a very small number of schools that were selective or had neighbouring selective schools. It would therefore be inappropriate to calculate correlations separately for these schools.
Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The average improvement per pupil in terms of National Curriculum levels to an accuracy of two decimal places by pupils whose results were included in the pilot value added tables were:
Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Most pupils change schools between key stage 2 (KS2) and key stage 3 (KS3) since KS2 tests are usually taken during the last year of primary education. The KS2 information for each pupil used in the value added calculations would therefore relate to the tests taken in their particular feeder primary school. The pilot developed and tested systems to trace the key stage 2 prior attainment information for all pupils eligible for key stage 3 assessment in 2001, using the KS2 results from 1998, i.e. three years previously.
Any pupils for whom KS2 prior attainment information could not be traced were excluded from the value added calculations except where the current school could provide the missing details. If a pupil did not take KS2 tests and therefore had no input measure, they were also excluded from the value added calculation for their school.
Baroness Ashton of Upholland: Decisions on funding the establishment of new voluntary-aided faith schools will continue to be based on a range of factors and the merits of each individual case. We have, however, made
Baroness Ashton of Upholland: In January 1997 there were 348 special schools in England that were approved to make provision for pupils with severe learning difficulties, compared with 449 in January 2001.
Information on individual pupils' disabilities is not collected centrally so there is no way of determining how many pupils with severe learning difficulties are attending special schools. These schools often make provision for pupils with several different disabilities and may not have pupils with severe learning difficulties enrolled at the school at the time of the Annual School's Census.
(b) in which parishes were the 29 appeals upheld by the divisional veterinary manager and the nine cases where infection was subsequently revealed;
(c) how many cases and in which parishes in Thirsk was additional contiguous culling triggered; and involving how many animals;
(d) where were the parishes where two infected premises were found following the rejection of appeals by the Government's veterinary staff; and
(e) in which parishes did they lead to further culling on additional farms.(HL1487)
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): Since my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spoke on 12 November, more work has been done to clarify and tidy up the databases from which
(a) The parishes where the 55 appeals were lodged against the contiguous cull were Bainbridge, Belbusk, Bishopdale, Boltby, Bolton by Bowland, Burnside, Cracoe, East/West Barnby, Embsay, Felixkirk, Fryup, Giggleswick, Gisburn, Great Fryupdale, Halton West, Hawnby, Hebden, Hetton, Hutton Mulgrave, Kepwick, Kirby Knowle, Kirby Malham, Lealholm, Linton, Lythe, Malham, Nether Silton, Over Silton, Rathmell, Rimington, Silsden, Sowerby, Sutton under Whitestonecliff, Thornton in Craven, Ugthorpe, West Bradford and Wigglesworth.
(b) 26 appeals were upheld by the divisional veterinary manager. These were in the parishes of Bellbusk, Bishopdale, Boltby, Bolton by Bowland, Cracoe, Gisburn, Great Fryupdale, Halton West, Hebden, Kepwick, Kirby Knowle, Lealholm, Linton, Lythe, Nether Silton, Over Silton, Rathmell, Silsden, Sowerby, West Bradford and Wigglesworth.
Of these appeals there were seven cases where infection was subsequently diagnosed and infected premises declared. These were in the parishes of Belbusk, Bishopdale, Halton West, Kepwick, Lealholm, Linton and Nether Silton.
(c) In three of these seven cases there were no dangerous contacts or contiguous premises. In relation to the other four cases, culling was triggered in the parishes of Bainbridge, Bishopdale, Cracoe, Fryup, Glaisdale, Grassington, Kirby Sigston, Knayton, Linton, Nether Silton, Over Silton and Thoralby and a total of 581 cattle and 7,839 sheep were culled.
(d) Infection was confirmed in four cases following the rejection of appeals by the Government's veterinary staff in North Yorkshire and infected premises were confirmed in the parishes of Felixkirk, Kepwick, Lealholm and Sutton under Whitestonecliff.
(e) Two of these four cases led to further culling on farms in the parishes of Bagby, Borrowby, Felixkirk, Great Fryupdale, Lealholm, Sandhutton, South Kilvington, Sowerby and Sutton.
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