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Table B: maintained secondary schools( 1) : school meal arrangements—position in January each year: 2003 to 2007 England
Day pupils( 2)
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Number on roll

3,308,490

3,326,800

3,317,590

3,309,720

3,272,480

Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

478,920

477,290

465,520

448,680

429,700

Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

14.5

14.3

14.0

13.6

13.1

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Prior to 2003, ‘Day pupils’ includes all full-time and part-time pupils who are solely registered, excluding boarding pupils. Due to underlying changes in data collection, this coverage was extended to also include all pupils with dual (main) registration and boarding pupils from 2003.
Note:
Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown.
Source:
School Census

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Table C: all special schools: school meal arrangements—position in January each year: 2003 to 2007 England
Day pupils( 1)
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

Number on roll(2)

94,660

92,620

91,210

90,450

90,600

Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

33,430

33,100

30,690

29,410

29,110

Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

35.3

35.7

33.6

32.5

32.1

(1) Prior to 2003, ‘Day pupils’ includes all full-time and part-time pupils who are solely registered, excluding boarding pupils. Due to underlying changes in data collection, this coverage was extended to also include all pupils with dual (main) registration and boarding pupils from 2003.
(2) Excludes general hospital schools.
Note:
Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown.
Source:
School Census

Free School Meals: Somerset

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children are estimated to be eligible for free school meals at (a) Manor Court Primary School, Chard, Somerset, (b) Neroche Primary School, Somerset, (c) South Petherton Junior School, Somerset (d) Parcroft Junior School, Somerset, (e) Grass Royal Junior School, Somerset, (f) Norton-sub-Hamdon Primary School, Somerset and (g) Wadham School, Somerset. [164016]

Jim Knight: The requested information is shown in the table.

Free school meal arrangements, January 2007
Pupil achievement and attainment tables( 1)
Somerset Number of pupils (used for FSM calculation) Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

Manor Court Community Primary School

403

47

11.7

Neroche Primary School

161

5

3.1

South Petherton Junior School

99

7

7.1

Parcroft Community Junior School

275

27

9.8

Grass Royal Junior School

265

59

22.3

Norton-sub-Hamdon Church of England Primary School

127

15

11.8

Wadham School

554

38

6.9

(1) Includes pupils with sole and dual registration who are full time and aged 0 to 15 (inclusive) and those who are part-time and aged 5 to 15 (inclusive).

GCE A-Level

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the terms of the review of A-levels in 2013 are; and if he will make a statement. [164444]

Jim Knight: The 2013 review will consider the evidence and experience following the introduction of Diplomas and the implementation of changes to A- level and GCSE, with a view to reaching conclusions about how in practice the overall offer meets the needs of young people in progressing to further study and employment.

General Certificate of Secondary Education

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of secondary schools submitted one or more pupils for GCSEs in (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) biology, (d) science, (e) history, (f) mathematics, (g) English, (h) French, (i) Spanish, (j) German, (k) Italian and (l) a modern language in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 2000-01, (iii) 2004-05, (iv) 2005-06 and (v) 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. [182894]

Jim Knight: The 2006/07 figures for parts (d), (f) and (g) are as follows.

Number of schools entering one or more pupils Percentage of schools entering one or more pupils

Mathematics

4,583

82.6

English

4,463

80.4

Science

3,758

67.7


These figures relate to pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in all secondary schools.

To answer the other parts of the question would go over the disproportionate cost threshold.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils in pupil referral units did not gain a single GCSE C grade or higher in each of the last five years; [185605]

(2) how many comprehensive schools did not enter any pupils for GCSEs in English, mathematics, science and a modern language in the latest period for which figures are available; [185935]

(3) how many independent schools did not enter any pupils for GCSE examinations in English, mathematics, science and a modern language in the latest period for which figures are available; [185965]

(4) how many and what proportion of pupils in pupil referral units were entered for GCSE examinations in the latest period for which figures are available. [186027]


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Jim Knight: The information can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

General Certificate of Secondary Education: Greater London

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in each London local education authority area left school achieving fewer than five A* to C grade passes at GCSE, including mathematics and English, in each of the last eight years. [186476]

Jim Knight: The information has been placed in the Library.

General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of (a) 15 year olds and (b) pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including (i) English, mathematics and science and (ii) English, mathematics, science and a modern foreign language in (A) 2006-07 and (B) 2005-06. [165762]

Jim Knight: I refer the hon. Member to the response I gave him on 29 October 2007.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils gained three GCSEs or fewer at D grade or below in 2007. [182753]

Jim Knight: The information is provided as follows.

Number

Number of pupils achieving one GCSE grade D-G and no grades C or above

9,881

Number of pupils achieving two GCSEs grade D-G and no grades C or above

13,977

Number of pupils achieving three GCSEs grade D-G and no grades C or above

19,611


28,114 pupils achieved no GCSEs.

The figures relate to pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in 2006/07.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in each constituency gained five GCSE A* to C grades in subjects including English, mathematics, science and at least one modern language in the last period for which figures are available. [185777]

Jim Knight: The information requested is not available and requires significant data development and recalculations to create, which would be at a disproportionate cost.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in receipt of free school meals did not gain a single grade C or higher at GCSE in the last year for which figures are available. [185779]


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Jim Knight: The information is not readily available and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many mainstream maintained schools one or more pupils gained no passes at GCSE in the last period for which figures are available. [185804]

Jim Knight: In 2006/07, the number of mainstream maintained schools in which one or more pupils gained no passes at GCSE (or equivalent) was 2,031. This is 66.7 per cent. of all mainstreamed maintained schools.

Headteachers: Qualifications

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the National Professional Qualification for Headship will be compulsory for those candidates seeking headships in academies; and if he will make a statement. [169797]

Jim Knight: I refer the hon. Member to my reply given to him on 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 823W.

Health Education: Nutrition

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government plans to take to educate parents about nutrition. [185366]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 7 February 2008]: I have been asked to reply.

The Department launched the 5 A DAY programme to promote the health benefits of eating a variety of at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day as we believe this gives a positive message to the consumer.

The 5 A DAY logo was launched by the Department; over 640 organisations are licensed to use the 5 A DAY logo. The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Consumer Attitudes Survey, 2006 showed that 72 per cent. of people are now aware that they should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, up from 43 per cent. in 2000.

‘Top Tips for Top Mums’ is a new 5 A DAY campaign. The campaign aims to help families by sharing real tips from real mums on how they got their kids to eat more fruit and vegetables. Mums or dads can e-mail [email protected] to send in their tip which may then be shared with other families via the 5 A DAY website, the media and other 5 A DAY partners.

In November 2006, the new Healthy Start scheme was implemented across the United Kingdom to provide vouchers for milk, fruit, vegetables and infant formula and free vitamin supplements to qualifying families and to back this up with information and advice through their health care professional on breastfeeding/healthy eating. They also receive an information booklet and a magazine with links to the healthy start website.

The Government will invest £75 million in an integrated marketing programme to inform, support and empower parents to make changes to their children’s diets and levels of physical activity. It will
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include simple universal messages for all families as well as tailored messages for at-risk families. There will be an emphasis on highlighting opportunities to take part in activities in the local area—everything from fruit-tasting sessions to ‘walking buses’ and safe play areas.

The Government will also seek to further develop the NHS Choices website so that it provides highly personalised advice on diet, activity and how to maintain a healthy weight. The Government will work with the FSA and other relevant bodies to ensure that this advice is based on the best available evidence, so that individuals can make sense of often conflicting advice from other sources. We will also explore the potential to include information on which companies meet which aspects of the codes of good practice in food and entertainment technology.


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