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Children, Schools and Families

Bookstart Scheme

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the cost of Bookstart has been since the programme began; and how many books have been purchased under the scheme to date; [196569]

(2) how many books purchased under the Bookstart programme have been (a) delivered to and (b) collected by parents; and how many are awaiting collection. [196570]

Beverley Hughes: Bookstart is a public/private partnership which is supported by publishers, sponsors, local and national government. Booktrust have informed me that, to date, the total cost of the Bookstart programme in England has been around £110 million: £74 million worth of books donated by publishers, sponsorship of £5 million and £30.7 million from local and national Government agencies including DCSF.

Since 1992 around 14.7 million books have been given to parents of children under three in England via health visitors, libraries and early years settings and it is estimated that a further 500,000 books are held by local authorities to maintain a continuous supply to eligible parents in England.

Children

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the cost of (a) production and (b) distribution of the Children’s Plan Toolkit was; [196980]


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(2) how many Children's Plan Toolkits were produced; and to whom they were distributed. [196979]

Beverley Hughes: The total cost of the packs was £30,534. This included the design, production and distribution of the packs. 1550 packs have been produced. The distribution was as follows (one each): 550 packs to English MPs, 150 packs to Directors of Children's Services, 500 packs to our stakeholders, 300 packs for the events held on 8 March with parents, young people and practitioners , 50 packs for internal use.

Children: Day Care

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the findings from the 20 authorities involved in the flexible extended free entitlement pathfinder projects will be published. [196172]

Beverley Hughes [holding answer 25 March 2008]: Findings from an evaluation of the pathfinder authorities will be published in late 2008. Lessons learned from the pathfinder authorities will also form a key part of the new statutory guidance, which we will consult on in 2009. The guidance will come into force from September 2010 when all local authorities will be delivering the extended flexible entitlement to all their eligible children.

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of private, voluntary and independent nurseries surveyed in each of the 20 authorities involved in the flexible extended free entitlement pathfinder projects reported that the nursery education grant they receive does not meet the costs of running their nursery. [196174]

Beverley Hughes [holding answer 25 March 2008]: This information is not held centrally.

In June 2007 as part of the wider Schools Funding Reforms, we asked all local authorities to complete an analysis into the cost of delivering the free entitlement in private, voluntary and independent settings, in the run up to agreeing local budgets for April 2008 onwards. These reforms are designed to support the extension of the free entitlement and to address the inconsistencies in how the offer is currently funded across the maintained and private, voluntary and independent sectors. These reforms are part of the requirement for local authorities to use a single local formula for funding early years provision in both sectors from 2010.

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many childcare information kiosks were installed by his Department and its predecessor in each year since 2000. [196185]

Beverley Hughes: The Department has not installed any childcare information kiosks since 2000. However, some local authorities have installed kiosks in children’s services locations, such as CIS and children’s
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centres, and these have been paid for by the relevant authority (including using delegated funding such as the Sure Start grant).

Children: Depressive Illnesses

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children diagnosed with depression in each of the last 10 years. [195968]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: I have been asked to reply.

The Office for National Statistics 2004 survey Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain looked at the prevalence of mental health disorders. It found that 10 per cent. of young people aged five to 16 years had a clinically diagnosed mental disorder. This includes four per cent. with an emotional disorder (1 per cent. depression and 3 per cent. anxiety disorders). The results of the survey are only available in terms of percentages of children rather than numbers.

There were no differences in prevalence between 1999 and 2004 in overall proportions of children with a mental disorder. The 1999 figures were captured in the 2000 “Mental health of children and adolescents in Great Britain”.

Information is not collected by this Department on the number of people diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Copies of both publications are available in the Library.

Children: Protection

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he had with the Home Office on strengthening the law to protect children who have been groomed. [191442]

Beverley Hughes: There have been no specific discussions recently on this matter. However, Home Office is a key member of the new Child Safety PSA Board, which will monitor delivery of the PSA to improve children and young people's safety, for which the Department has lead responsibility. The PSA Board will consider all issues relating to children's safety. DCSF has also attended meetings of the Inter-Ministerial Group on Sexual and Domestic Violence, the group led by Home Office which co-ordinates the Government's joint action to tackle these issues.

In addition, the Byron review, which reports shortly, will make recommendations about how to support children to use the internet safely. This will help address a range of online risks to children, including the risk of grooming by online predators.

Children: Reading

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the number of children in schools with dyslexia-type reading difficulties in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. [195536]


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

Information was collected from schools on pupils who are supported at “School Action Plus” and those pupils with statements of special educational needs (SEN) about their main or primary need and, if appropriate, their secondary need for the first time in 2004.

Information on the number of pupils with dyslexia alone is not collected centrally. Figures relating to pupils with specific learning difficulties have been provided. Pupils with specific learning difficulties have a particular difficulty in learning to read, write, spell or manipulate numbers and this includes pupils with dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.

Tables showing the number of pupils by type of SEN in each local authority area have been placed in the Library. This information has not been analysed lower than local authority level because there are a number of sensitivities about categorising pupils by their type of SEN. It is important that anyone using the data should be aware of the concerns and also understand the limitations of the data's reliability and validity. There are a range of factors which may affect the data recorded, including:

Statistics are based on school and local authority identification of need rather than a diagnosis by medical of psychological staff

Availability of special school provision in authorities.

Departmental Marketing

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much designing the Department’s new logo cost; and who undertook the work. [196270]

Kevin Brennan [holding answer 25 March 2008]: The Department’s new logo cost £5,460 (excluding VAT) to design. This design work was undertaken by our framework supplier, The Team.

Employment: Havering

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to maximise job and training opportunities during the Olympics for those attending schools, colleges and youth services in the London borough of Havering. [168420]

Bill Rammell: I have been asked to reply.

Further to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills, to the hon. Member's question 168417 on 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 271W, the legacy of our investment for the games goes beyond more houses and better transport. It must strengthen London's skills base and boost job prospects for London's residents in a lasting way. To help young people to gain skills and improve their employment prospects, the ODA has publicly committed to get at least 2,000 people into trainee apprenticeships and work placements (up to
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2012) at the Olympic park and other venues that the ODA is working on or building. The first phase is the training centre at Eton Manor fields based at the Olympic site.

In addition, the Major Contractors Group, which represents some of the UK's largest construction companies, has pledged:

London LSC is also signed up to a target of 4,000 public sector apprenticeships by 2012, and is working closely with the Mayor's office to increase the number of apprenticeships across the GLA family (police, fire service, TFL). The LSC is also funding a range of community engagement activities to inspire people about the games and raise their aspirations. This includes:

In total, London Learning and Skills Council is planning to spend a further £7 million in 2008/09, up from the previous years £5 million which will contribute to improving both the volume and quality of work based learning in the four key sectors: construction, sport; audio-visual and customer service. In addition, the LSC will provide a further £12.2 million for demand-led investment in training at the NSA centre on the Olympics site in the period between now and 2012.

English Language: Education

Miss Kirkbride: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children receive English as an additional language teaching; and what forecasts there are for the likely percentage in future years. [196262]

Jim Knight: The percentage of pupils whose first language is other than English (EAL pupils) is published in table 6 of the Statistical First Release number 30/2007 titled Schools and Pupils in England, January 2007. The SFR can be accessed at:

A copy of this SFR is available in the House Libraries.

In January 2007, there were 13.5 per cent. of EAL pupils in maintained primary schools and 10.5 per cent. of EAL pupils in maintained secondary schools. Provisional figures based on the January 2008 School Census are expected to be published at the end of April 2008.

All EAL pupils receive classroom teaching appropriate to their status. Information on the percentage of EAL pupils receiving additional specialist language instruction is not collected centrally.


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The Department has not made estimates for the percentage of EAL pupils in primary and secondary schools in forthcoming years.

General Certificate of Secondary Education

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils examination results were exempted from appearing in GCSE result tables in 2007. [195196]

Jim Knight: All pupils have their GCSE results reported in the national attainment figures although pupils who have arrived from overseas within the last two years do not have their results attributed to a particular school. In 2007, this affected 1,973 such pupils from 523 schools.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many schools did less than 30 per cent. of pupils obtain five A* to C GCSE grades including English, mathematics and science. [195214]

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

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils achieved no grade higher than X at GCSE in 2007; [196321]

(2) how many pupils were awarded no grade higher than U at GCSE in 2007. [196322]

Jim Knight: 7,200 pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieved no passes. This is 3 per cent. of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4. The figures include pupils achieving ‘U’, ‘Q’, or ‘X’ grades.

A ‘U’ is the last recognised grade at GCSE. ‘X’ and ‘Q’ are used to indicate why a grade has not been awarded. An ‘X’ means a pupil is absent or the exam paper has been lost. A ‘Q’ means result pending or late award. It is therefore not appropriate to rank these against other grades.

Independent Schools: General Certificate of Secondary Education

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many mainstream independent schools do not enter pupils for GCSEs. [196320]

Jim Knight: The information required is not readily available. The Secondary Schools Achievement and Attainment Tables give the percentage of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieving at least one qualification. Looking at the number of mainstream independent schools with 0 per cent. of students achieving at least one qualification will provide the best estimate that is readily available. In 2006/07 there were three such schools published in the Achievement and Attainment Tables.


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International General Certificate of Secondary Education

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils sat iGCSEs in each year for which figures are available. [196323]

Jim Knight: The DCSF does not hold the information required to answer this question.


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