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Connexions Service

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of people receiving advice from the Connexions service was identified as needing intensive support in each year since the service was established. [138135]

Mr. Dhanda: The following table shows the number of occasions that young people have received advice since April 2003 when the Connexions service became fully operational across England. Young people may have received assistance on more than one occasion.

Total interventions Interventions with those needing intensive support Percentage

2003-04

3,655,579

1,080,721

30

2004-05

3,907,592

1,121,296

29

2005-06

4,263,594

1,127,724

26

2006-07

5,222,982

1,167,032

22


Interventions are contacts of an individual nature with young people. They include face-to-face contact,
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telephone contact, e-mail and text messages and also contact with parents. They exclude bulk mail shots and publicity information.

Cumbria Education Authority: Finance

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the education budget was for Cumbria local education authority in financial year (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2006-07. [136267]

Jim Knight: In 2006-07 Cumbria local authority received a Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) allocation of £246.4 million and revenue grants of £62.5 million—a total of £308.9 million to fund the education of nursery, primary and secondary school aged pupils. 1996-97 figures are not available on a comparable basis.

Departments: Private Finance Initiative

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the total value of private finance initiative projects included in his Department's balance sheet (a) is in 2007 and (b) was in each of the last five years, broken down by project; [137832]

(2) what the value was of annual private finance initiative payments made by his Department from (a) capital and (b) revenue budgets in each of the last five years; [137833]

(3) what value of annual private finance initiative payments by his Department was classified as (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable in each of the last five years, broken down by project; [137834]

(4) what value of annual private finance initiative (PFI) payments were (a) to repay capital and (b) expenditure on other parts of each PFI contract in each of the last five years, broken down by project. [137835]

Jim Knight: No PFI projects sit on the Department's balance sheet or have done in the past.

The Department for Education and Skills does not make PFI payments. The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) make payments to local authorities to assist them in paying their annual PFI payments for schools projects. CLG does not pay the annual PFI payments themselves.

All payments made under PFI are identifiable. Prior to a PFI contract being signed the profile of unitary charge payments is agreed between the contractor and the public sector, subject to the operation of the payment mechanism.

The Department does not hold information on capital repayments or other parts of a PFI contract. CLG makes the payments to local authorities, which in turn have contracts with the private sector provider.

Education: Assessments

Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what methods his Department uses for the monitoring of educational attainment; and what assessment he has made of trends in levels of educational attainment in the north east of England. [135651]


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Jim Knight: The Department makes use of various methods for monitoring educational performance. Ofsted inspections, national curriculum tests and public examinations provide a framework for national and local analysis of performance against critical learning milestones. They provide measures which allow us to track changes in performance over time nationally, locally and at school level, to compare the progress of children in different schools, and to compare the performance of different groups of pupils. At local level, the National Strategies and Government Offices provide ongoing monitoring and challenge of
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the performance of local authorities and schools as a basis for supporting them to improve.

All these methods have contributed to the improvement in standards that we have seen over the last nine years.

Since 1997, standards in education achievement from early years to post 16 in (a) Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend constituency and (b) North East region have improved broadly in line with national levels of attainment. A summary of the 1997 outcomes (where available) compared to 2006 is set out in the following table.

Newcastle upon Tyne East Wallsend North East Region National
1997 1998 2006 1997 1998 2006 1997 1998 2006

KS1 level 2+

Reading

77

80

80

85

80

84

Writing

80

77

81

82

81

81

Mathematics

84

86

85

90

84

90

KS2 level 4+

English

51

76

60

78

63

79

Mathematics

51

74

61

77

62

76

KS3 level 5+

English

50

62

53

70

57

73

Mathematics

51

67

55

76

60

77

KS4 GCSE+equiv

Percentage of 15-year-olds achieving 5+ A*-C grades

35.5

55

36.8

57.3

45.1

58.5

Notes:
1. Includes attempts and achievements by these pupils in previous academic years.
2. Key Stage 1—Figures for 2006 are based on provisional data, 1998 is based on final data.
3. Key Stages 2, 3 and 4—Figures for 2006 are based on revised data, 1997 is based on final data.

In 2004 we moved to using administrative data to measure level 2 attainment by age 19 (Level 2 is equivalent to five GCSEs at A*-C), so we cannot compare latest figures with 1997. The latest figures for the North East show 69.2 per cent. of people aged 19 in 2006 were qualified to at least level 2 compared to 64.4 per cent. of people aged 19 in 2004 (corresponding figures for England were 71.4 per cent. of people aged 19 in 2006 and 66.3 per cent. of people aged 19 in 2004).

Education: Irish Studies

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Irish studies centres there are in the UK; whether any more are planned; and if he will make a statement. [138574]

Jim Knight: The information is not collected centrally.

Educational Attainment

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) maintained secondary schools and (b) independent secondary schools fell within each percentage point in terms of the proportion of pupils at the end of key stage 4 who achieved five or more GCSEs at (i) A* to C, (ii) A* to C including English and mathematics, (iii) A* to C including English, mathematics and science, (iv) A* to C including English, mathematics, science and a modern foreign language and (v) A* to A in 2006. [117650]

Jim Knight: The information requested for parts (i) to (iv) of this question has been placed in the House Library.

Part (v) of this question could not be answered, except at disproportionate cost.

The figures in the table refer to mainstream schools in 2006. Level 2 corresponds to pupils achieving 5 A*-C. This analysis is based on the revised 2006 KS4 data.


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Number of schools for each percentage category achieving standard
Level 2 threshold achievement Level 2 threshold achievement including English and maths Level 2 threshold achievement including English, maths and science Level 2 threshold achievement including English, maths, science and a modern foreign language
Percentage of pupils achieving standard Maintained Independent Maintained Independent Maintained Independent Maintained Independent

0

1

82

1

126

26

251

89

285

1

0

0

0

5

7

6

72

5

2

0

1

1

1

4

5

85

7

3

0

1

2

1

5

6

84

11

4

0

0

3

0

6

3

109

2

5

0

1

2

0

7

2

66

2

6

0

0

3

2

12

2

109

2

7

0

1

4

3

11

3

92

2

8

0

1

1

2

16

0

96

3

9

1

1

5

3

22

2

76

4

10

0

2

6

6

26

5

90

4

11

1

1

12

3

22

2

82

8

12

0

0

15

1

28

1

83

0

13

0

0

13

1

34

2

78

7

14

0

1

21

3

49

2

66

8

15

0

1

30

1

46

1

87

2

16

2

0

31

1

52

2

71

1

17

2

3

36

4

52

5

66

7

18

2

1

37

1

49

5

60

4

19

g

0

39

0

57

2

54

4

20

5

4

52

3

53

4

62

4

21

4

1

37

3

56

0

56

3

22

3

0

38

2

51

2

63

9

23

9

1

45

0

62

2

61

2

24

10

0

58

1

53

1

66

3

25

20

1

48

7

73

10

58

12

26

8

2

54

1

57

2

53

1

27

13

2

69

3

64

1

52

7

28

20

1

63

2

66

2

45

4

29

22

2

57

1

63

2

45

7

30

19

1

55

2

57

3

44

9

31

18

0

54

5

61

5

47

2

32

32

0

58

0

63

0

42

3

33

27

8

66

5

4

6

32

10

34

30

0

70

0

63

0

36

0

35

35

0

58

4

52

3

45

3

36

47

5

68

2

70

3

45

3

37

40

1

55

1

51

1

41

3

38

55

2

51

5

51

3

31

7

39

43

0

67

0

67

4

43

5

40

44

2

58

2

42

6

30

6

41

68

3

53

0

53

1

29

0

42

60

1

53

8

41

7

23

c

43

64

5

49

5

73

4

24

6

44

56

4

54

5

64

5

23

4

45

67

2

55

1

51

2

15

3

46

44

2

47

2

68

2

19

7

47

61

1

65

5

50

3

10

7

48

56

2

45

4

56

1

18

5

49

64

1

85

1

47

1

19

1

50

64

10

41

14

57

11

18

20

51

61

0

70

0

46

3

12

3

52

61

0

46

4

40

4

14

7

53

59

0

49

3

50

2

19

5

54

45

1

47

3

33

4

15

2

55

62

1

48

7

42

10

7

7

56

51

6

52

5

32

6

10

11

57

58

5

55

5

25

8

6

8

58

80

5

48

3

44

2

7

8

59

58

3

58

6

27

7

3

6

60

74

5

35

4

24

9

3

9

61

55

1

42

3

33

3

6

9

62

71

2

31

4

34

7

9

1

63

67

3

24

7

26

10

2

6

64

77

2

26

6

23

9

4

8

65

73

3

30

7

14

10

3

9

66

55

1

29

1

14

2

6

9

67

52

8

23

11

18

14

3

8

68

58

3

20

7

14

2

5

10

69

53

3

23

15

15

5

1

11

70

58

5

17

10

7

9

2

4

71

46

8

21

11

7

11

7

6

72

54

4

12

4

10

11

4

8

73

37

6

12

8

5

9

2

6

74

38

4

14

10

3

9

6

13

75

43

17

6

12

5

9

6

12

76

39

4

6

11

5

4

6

10

77

41

7

4

6

7

8

3

7

78

35

6

11

13

7

6

6

14

79

25

8

8

7

3

10

1

7

80

31

9

8

11

5

9

2

10

81

18

13

6

13

2

6

1

6

82

16

6

5

5

5

18

6

3

83

12

7

5

9

4

13

8

9

84

16

2

3

5

3

8

8

11

85

11

8

2

10

4

15

4

6

86

8

14

1

19

3

10

6

9

87

10

10

2

13

3

10

4

7

88

8

16

4

14

5

6

5

17

89

12

17

6

17

4

13

6

9

90

10

13

5

8

5

13

6

9

91

8

21

6

10

12

14

7

13

92

8

12

4

11

6

14

8

11

93

6

19

8

11

3

8

9

15

94

7

23

6

16

9

15

4

7

95

14

22

9

19

17

12

4

9

96

7

28

7

26

6

18

8

13

97

18

35

18

28

15

25

4

18

98

36

46

30

31

20

27

8

21

99

50

52

43

44

22

21

3

13

100

57

222

34

107

11

70

6

27


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