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Through the Education Act 2002 we legislated to put a duty on schools to safeguard and promote the welfare of their pupils. And we have introduced important safeguards to prevent unsuitable people working with children in schools. We are introducing changes to ensure we have the toughest ever vetting and barring system. The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 will deliver the first centralised vetting and barring system for all those working with children and vulnerable adults.
Ahead of this legislation being implemented, we have tightened up the current system, so that anyone cautioned or convicted for sexual offences against children after 28 February 2007 is automatically entered on List 99 and barred from working in schools and other education settings. This applies to anyone aged 18 or over who is convicted of, or cautioned for, a relevant offence regardless of whether there is evidence that they have been in previous employment in the education and children's work force.
Kevin Brennan: I know this is an important issue for my hon. Friend, particularly given the circumstances surrounding the murder of her constituent Mr. Garry Newlove. I think we all share in the sadness that has resulted from this horrendous crime. I was pleased to hear that the three perpetrators have now been convicted of Mr. Newlove's murder.
We are committed to reducing substance misuse among young people particularly that associated with alcohol misuse. My hon. Friend will know from a previous written reply that alcohol education is delivered alongside that on drugs and volatile substances and is a vital element of our approach. DCSF guidance is clear that pupils' education about alcohol and its effects should start in primary school, before drinking patterns become established and should be revisited as pupils' understanding and experience increases.
We are clear of the need to be sure that alcohol education in schools is robust, accurate and effective. As part of the Children's Plan we have given a commitment to examine the effectiveness of current delivery arrangements for all drugs educationincluding alcoholand act to strengthen them if necessary.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has (a) completed and (b) commissioned on the effects of academies on neighbouring schools; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) commissioned a five-year independent evaluation of the academies programme by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 2003. The aim of the evaluation is to assess the overall effectiveness of the programme in terms of its contribution to educational standards, including the impact of academies on neighbouring schools. The first four reports have already been published and the fifth and final report will be published in summer 2008.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children attending Bexley Business Academy are resident in the (a) London borough of Bexley and (b) London borough of Greenwich. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance exists to determine the suitability of entities which sponsor academy schools; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Knight: The Department carries out rigorous checks to establish the suitability of individuals and organisations to become sponsors of academies. These include checking their financial viability to supply any funds pledged as well as their general suitability.
Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Enfield North have been rebuilt or improved under the Building Schools for the Future initiative over the last 10 years. 
Enfield has not yet entered the Building Schools for the Future programme, which aims to renew all secondary schools in England where there is need, in 15 waves of investment which started in 2005-06. We have now announced the first six waves,
which are prioritised on educational and social need. Enfield is prioritised in waves seven to nine of the programme which can access funding from 2011-12. We aim shortly to consult on the management of waves seven to 15.
In 2007, we gathered information from all authorities on the improvements to their school buildings over the previous 10 years. This School Building Investment Data is available in the parliamentary Libraries. The information supplied by Enfield included that it had built six new schools, four of which were additional schools, and had rebuilt over 50 per cent. of the floor area of a further three schools.
Dr. Ladyman: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much money will be made available to Kent county council through the Building Schools for the Future programme; over what period is it to be spent; and what criteria have been set for the way it is to be used. 
Jim Knight: Building Schools for the Future aims to renew all secondary schools in England where there is need, in 15 waves of investment which started in 2005-06, including those in Kent. The first Kent project has been prioritised in wave three, and approximately £240 million has already been allocated to it. This funding will be used to transform 10 schools, improving the learning environments for thousands of young people. Kent is also prioritised in wave four, but the project is not yet sufficiently progressed for funding to be allocated. It will have further projects in later waves, prioritised on social and educational need.
For these waves and for subsequent ones, Kent will need to demonstrate how the investment will be deployed to meet its education vision and its strategy for the estate. The Strategy for Change process ensures that all local authorities can deliver transformational projects which create 21st century learning environments, with integrated ICT solutions and deliver a strategic approach to pupil place planning across the whole estate. The full BSF Strategy for Change guidance can be found at:
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of secondary schools with sixth forms submitted one or more pupils for A-levels in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2000-01, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07 in (i) mathematics, (ii) physics, (iii) chemistry, (iv) French and (v) a modern language. 
|Schools entering one or more pupils|
Any Modern Language includes Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Gujarati, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Panjabi, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of entrants for GCSE (a) mathematics, (b) modern languages, (c) science (dual award), (d) physics, (e) chemistry and (f) biology examinations in 2007 attended (i) academies, (ii) maintained comprehensive schools, (iii) faith schools, (iv) grammar schools and (v) private schools; 
(2) what proportion of entrants for GCSE (a) media studies, (b) dance, (c) business studies, (d) film studies and (e) communication studies examinations in 2007 attended (i) academies, (ii) maintained comprehensive schools, (iii) faith schools, (iv) grammar schools and (v) private schools. 
|Entries into GCSE examinations by school type for 2006/07|
|Comprehensive schools||Selective schools||Independent schools|
|Number of entries||Percentage of total entries||Number of entries||Percentage of total entries||Number of entries||Percentage of total entries||Total entries|
Dance is included in Physical Education.
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