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The number of Greater London schools in special measures has reduced from 26 on 1 September 2005 to the current figure of 20. The number of secondary schools in the category has reduced from seven to three during the same period.

Secondary Education

Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many secondary school places were maintained in each year since 1997. [154449]

Jim Knight: The Department collects information from each local authority (LA) on the number of school places maintained via an annual survey. The earliest data available are for 1998 and the most recent are for 2006. The number of school places was not collected in 2002 to allow for a change in the method of assessing school capacity.

Currently, the number of school places is calculated using the net capacity method of assessment which was introduced in 2003. Up to 2001 the capacity of a school was calculated using the MOE (More Open Enrolment) method. The following table shows the number of maintained secondary school places calculated by the net capacity method of assessment between 2003 and 2006 and the MOE method between 1998 and 2001.

Secondary school places
Number of maintained places( 1)

2006

3,484,883

2005

3,468,525

2004

3,468,561

2003

3,455,993

2001

3,356,438

2000

3,349,632

1999

3,341,183

1998

3,274,034

(1) Number of places relate to position as at January.
Source:
Surplus Places Survey

Secondary Education: Teaching Methods

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate is of the proportion of secondary school pupils in England who are taught in classes with (a) setting, (b) streaming and (c) no setting or streaming; and if he will make a statement. [150670]

Jim Knight: This is a matter for Ofsted. HM Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and a copy of her reply has been placed in the Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 25 July 2007:


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Sixth Form Colleges

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 26 July 2007, Official Report, column 1413W, on sixth form colleges, how many new sixth form colleges were (a) established, (b) closed and (c) merged with other institutions in each of the last 10 years; and what steps his Department is taking to promote the establishment of new sixth form colleges. [157525]

Jim Knight: The number of sixth form colleges that were established, closed and merged in each of the last 10 years is as follows:

Sixth Form Colleges Established Since 1997:

1998

2001

2002

Sixth Form Colleges Closed and Merged Since 1997 (no colleges have simply been closed):

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2003

2005

2006

2007


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We want to encourage a strong and growing Sixth Form College sector; Sixth Form Colleges generally are successful, high achieving and popular with students and parents. The White Paper ‘Further Education: Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances’ (Cm 6768) includes our undertaking to expand the sector. New Sixth Form Colleges will be considered as one option where the Learning and Skills Council runs a competition for new 16-19 places. Following a competition in Rochdale, proposals for a new Sixth Form College are now being developed by the Rochdale Education Partnership working with the Learning and Skills Council. The ‘FE presumption’, under which high performing colleges are able to expand in order to deliver Diplomas, will provide capital grant for new provision at eligible Sixth Form Colleges.

Special Educational Needs

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained special educational needs schools were operated in each local education authority in England in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available. [158141]

Jim Knight: Data on the number of maintained special educational needs schools that were operated in each local education authority in England in 1996-97 and 2006-07, are shown in the following tables:


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Number of LA Maintained Special Schools, by Local Authority Area and Government Office Region in England( 1)
January 1997

England

1,153

North East

71

Hartlepool

3

Middlesbrough

5

Redcar and Cleveland

2

Stockton-on-Tees

5

Former Durham

13

Northumberland

9

Gateshead

6

Newcastle upon Tyne

10

North Tyneside

5

South Tyneside

5

Sunderland

8

North West

198

Former Cheshire

20

Cumbria

5

Bolton

6

Bury

4

Manchester

22

Oldham

7

Rochdale

7

Salford

7

Stockport

6

Tameside

6

Trafford

7

Wigan

9

Former Lancashire

40

Knowsley

8

Liverpool

22

St. Helens

4

Sefton

6

Wirral

12

Yorkshire and Humber

111

East Riding of Yorkshire

6

City of Kingston-Upon-Hull

5

North East Lincolnshire

2

North Lincolnshire

2

York

4

North Yorkshire

11

Barnsley

3

Doncaster

7

Rotherham

7

Sheffield

15

Bradford

13

Calderdale

3

Kirklees

9

Leeds

14

Wakefield

10

East Midlands

81

Former Derbyshire

17

Former Leicestershire

16

Lincolnshire

19

Former Northamptonshire

12

Former Nottinghamshire

17

West Midlands

142

Former Hereford and Worcester

14

Former Shropshire

7

Former Staffordshire

29

Warwickshire

12

Birmingham

31

Coventry

11

Dudley

7

Sandwell

12

Solihull

5

Walsall

8

Wolverhampton

6

East of England

109

Former Bedfordshire

12

Former Cambridgeshire

16

Former Essex

32

Hertfordshire

27

Norfolk

12

Suffolk

10

London

162

Inner London

78

City of London

0

Camden

6

Hackney

6

Hammersmith and Fulham

6

Haringey

5

Islington

5

Kensington and Chelsea

2

Lambeth

8

Lewisham

7

Newham

3

Southwark

9

Tower Hamlets

8

Wandsworth

11

Westminster

2

Outer London

84

Barking and Dagenham

1

Barnet

4

Bexley

4

Brent

5

Bromley

3

Croydon

6

Ealing

7

Enfield

6

Greenwich

8

Harrow

4

Havering

3

Hillingdon

6

Hounslow

5

Kingston-upon-Thames

3

Merton

4

Redbridge

4

Richmond-upon-Thames

3

Sutton

3

Waltham Forest

5

South East

183

Berkshire

12

Former Buckinghamshire

21

Former East Sussex

18

Former Hampshire

43

Isle of Wight

2

Former Kent

34

Oxfordshire

14

Surrey

24

West Sussex

15

South West

96

Bath and NE Somerset

5

City of Bristol

11

North Somerset

4

South Gloucestershire

5

Cornwall

4

Isles of Scilly

0

Former Devon

21

Former Dorset

8

Gloucestershire

17

Somerset

8

Former Wiltshire

13

(1) Not all authorities can be directly compared as there has been some local government reorganisation between 1997 and 2007.

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