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Children: Protection

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has to include further guidance to local authorities on cases involving children who have been groomed in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’. [191439]

Kevin Brennan: Guidance on safeguarding children from sexual exploitation, which is currently being drafted, will include information about children who have been groomed. The guidance will be issued as supplementary guidance to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’.

Children's Centres: Ashford

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children’s centres are open in Ashford; and how many places are available at such centres. [195142]

Beverley Hughes: As of 17 March there are two designated Sure Start Children’s Centres in Ashford with a further four planned for designation by the end of March 2008.

Children’s centres do not offer a set number of places but it is expected that on average a children’s centre will serve a community with about 800 children under five-years-old.

Departmental Internet

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what system is used to govern IP address usage in his Department. [195356]

Kevin Brennan: The Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) utilises industry standard technology and CESG approved processes for managing all IP addresses used on both the internet and on the Department's secure, internal network.


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Departmental Public Expenditure

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether consideration has been given to applying gender responsive budgeting to his Department’s budget. [192111]

Kevin Brennan: The UK Government are supportive of efforts to achieve gender equality and continues to work very closely with both the Women’s National Commission and the Women’s Budget Group on promoting gender equality within the UK. In 2004, HM Treasury undertook a pilot project on gender analysis of expenditure with the Women’s Budget Group. The project demonstrated the value of gender analysis in some areas and identified what tools and expertise were necessary within government to carry out gender analysis, but that further work was needed before gender responsive budgeting could be implemented. In 2008, HM Treasury will be conducting further work that will determine whether it is prudent and feasible to disaggregate Departmental expenditure statistics by gender.

The Department’s Single Equality Scheme (SES) sets out our commitments for tackling inequality and discrimination, including those to address gender equality. The SES can be accessed here:

Educational Psychology

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of educational psychologists required to fulfil the objectives of the Children’s Plan. [174594]

Kevin Brennan: As I explained in an earlier reply to question 174595, on 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 412W, educational psychologists are employed by local authorities, and it is for those authorities to determine how many to employ in light of their assessment of local needs and available resources.

Families: Disadvantaged

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding (a) has been made available and (b) is anticipated for the implementation of the proposals in the report Think Family: improving the life chances of families at risk. [194789]

Beverley Hughes: Department for Children, Schools and Families is working on a number of initiatives which will be informed by the Cabinet Office report Think Family: Improving life chances for families at risk. This includes further development of Family Intervention Projects, expansion of Family Nurse Partnerships and expansion of family learning. The Department has specifically made available a total of £16 million funding for implementation of Family Pathfinders and Extended Family Pathfinders for Young Carers as set out in Think Family. This funding has been made available for three years from 2008 to 2011 and will support the testing and development of the "Think Family" model on the ground.


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The Social Exclusion Task Force is also driving this agenda forward with commitments from other Government Departments which are set out in the report.

General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the difference has been in GCSE performance in inner London local authority areas and the rest of England since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement. [172102]

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


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The time series provided gives proportion of students achieving 5 GCSE A*-C grades or equivalent and 5 GCSE A*-C grades or equivalent, including English and Mathematics, broken down by local authority.

Pre-School Education: Enfield

Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people claimed free nursery places in Enfield in each of the last 10 years. [194693]

Beverley Hughes: Information about the part-time equivalent number of free early education places filled by three and four-year-olds is shown in the table.

Part-time equivalent number of free early education places( 1,2 ) filled by three and four-year-olds . L ocal authority: Enfield—position in January each year
Three-year-olds Four-year olds
Maintained nursery and primary schools( 3) Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers Total three year olds Maintained nursery and primary schools( 4) Other maintained and private, voluntary and independent providers Total four year olds

1998

1,100

n/a

1,100

n/a

n/a

(5,6)3,400

1999

1,200

n/a

1,200

n/a

n/a

(5,6)3,400

2000

1,200

(7)0

1,200

n/a

n/a

(5,6)3,700

2001

1,200

(7)1,000

2,300

n/a

n/a

(5,6)3,500

2002

1,300

(7)930

2,200

3,100

(5)560

3,600

2003

1,200

(7)1,100

2,400

3,100

(8)610

3,700

2004

1,300

(9)1,400

2,700

2,900

(10)640

3,500

2005

1,400

(9)1,400

2,800

3,100

(10)490

3,600

2006

1,300

(9)1,500

2,800

3,000

(10)520

3,600

2007

1,400

(9)1,600

2,900

3,100

(10)580

3,700

n/a = Not available.
(1) A place is equal to five or more sessions and can be filled by more than one child.
(2) Figures are rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1,000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise.
(3) Headcount of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the School Census.
(4) Headcount of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the School Census.
(5) Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.
(6) For the years 1997-2001, four year old sub national figures from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise can not be disaggregated between the maintained and private, voluntary and independent sectors.
(7) Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Nursery Education Grant data collection exercise.
(8) Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census supplementary data collection exercise and the School Census.
(9) Part-time equivalent number of children aged three at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the School Census.
(10) Part-time equivalent number of children aged four at 31 December in the previous calendar year from the Early Years Census and the School Census.

The latest figures on early education places for three and four year olds in England were published in Statistical First Release (SFR) 19/2007 “Provision for children under five years of age in England: January 2007”, available on my Department’s website:

Primary Education

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what deadlines have been set for each local authority for submitting primary capital programme strategies following the departmental guidance of 6 December 2007; and if he will make a statement. [193499]

Jim Knight: All local authorities have been invited to submit an agreed primary strategy for change to the Department by 16 June 2008.

Pupil Exclusions: Alcoholic Drinks

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils received a (i) permanent and (ii) fixed-term exclusion for an alcohol-related offence in each year since 2001, broken down by age of pupil. [194187]

Kevin Brennan: Only two years of data relating to the reason for exclusion are currently available. The first year for which information on the reason for exclusion is available relates to the 2003-04 academic year. Information on exclusions during the 2006-07 academic year is expected to be available in June 2008.

The numbers of permanent and fixed period exclusions by reason are published annually by the Department in the Statistical First Release ‘DCSF: Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions from Schools and Exclusion Appeals in England’, the latest of which can be accessed at:

There are 12 categories describing the various reasons for exclusion, one of which relates to involvement with drugs and alcohol. The available information is
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provided in the tables. A further breakdown of these figures by age could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

Maintained primary, secondary and special schools( 1,2) : Number and percentage of permanent and fixed period exclusions by reason of exclusion England, 2003-04 and 2004-05
Drug and alcohol related exclusions
Number of permanent exclusions( 3) Percentage of all permanent exclusions( 4,5) Number of fixed period exclusions Percentage of all fixed period exclusions( 3,5)

2003-04

610

6

12,250

4

2004-05

470

5

11,100

3

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) Includes maintained special schools. Excludes non-maintained special schools.
(3) The number of exclusions by reason expressed as a percentage of the total number of exclusions.
(4) The distribution of exclusions by reason has been derived from Termly Exclusions Survey and applied to the number of permanent exclusions as confirmed by LEAs as part of the Annual Schools Census data checking exercise.
Note:
Totals may not appear to equal the sum of component parts because numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Source:
School Census and Termly Exclusions Survey

Maintained secondary schools(1,2) : Number and percentage of permanent and fixed period exclusions by reason for exclusion, England, 2005-06
Drug and alcohol related exclusions
Number of permanent exclusions( 3) Percentage of all permanent exclusions( 3,4) Number of fixed period exclusions Percentage of all fixed period exclusion( 4)

2005-06

450

6

8,360

2

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.
(2) For the 2005-06 school year, information on the reason for exclusion was collected via the School Census for the first time for secondary schools only (the Termly Exclusions Survey has discontinued). For exclusions during 2006-07, information on the reason for exclusion will also be collected from primary and special schools.
(3) Estimates based on incomplete pupil level data.
(4) The number of exclusions by reason expressed as a percentage of the total number of exclusions.
Note:
Totals may not appear to equal the sum of component parts because numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Source:
School Census

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