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Geography: Assessments

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what response he has made to the recommendations of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority that A-level geography coursework be abolished; and if he will make a statement. [189205]

Jim Knight: Following the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's (QCA's) recommendations, the new criteria for A-level geography courses from September 2008 remove the requirement for coursework to be assessed. Fieldwork will, however, become a specific requirement in the A- level criteria from September 2008. QCA is working closely with the Geographical Association, Royal Geographical Society and awarding bodies to ensure that assessment methods continue to provide satisfactory ways of assessing fieldwork. Through the Action Plan for Geography, Government funding has set up a virtual fieldwork and local learning centre to help teachers make the most of geography in their local areas, including expert advice and planning on embedding fieldwork in the curriculum.

Physical Education: Standards

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were deemed to have unsatisfactory physical education and sports provision in each of the last 10 years. [195963]

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 1 April 2008:

Figure 1. Overall quality of provision, based on effectiveness, in the area of learning, subject or course—physical education
Number of schools
Total inspected Excellent Very good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory Poor Very poor

Primary schools

2004/05

772

4

86

383

290

9

0

0

2003/04

1,829

9

131

763

879

47

0

0

Secondary schools

2004/05

480

9

135

241

74

18

3

0

2003/04

616

9

127

335

120

23

2

0


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Figure 2. Quality of teaching of physical education in primary schools
Number of schools
Total inspected Excellent Very good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory Poor Very poor

2006/07

2005/06

2004/05

741

3

96

418

220

4

0

0

2003/04

1,622

4

121

879

593

25

0

0

2002/03

2,110

5

103

1,053

912

37

0

0

2001/02

2,263

2

104

1,077

1,037

42

1

0

2000/01

2,356

2

93

1,100

1,116

43

2

0

1999/2000(1)

1,537

1

57

698

750

28

3

0

1998/99

3,331

1

81

1,460

1,734

54

1

0

1997/98

5,915

5

171

2,478

3,069

186

6

0


Figure 3. Quality of teaching of physical education in secondary schools
Number of schools
Total inspected Excellent Very good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory Poor Very poor

2006/07

2005/06

2004/05

481

2

119

290

56

14

0

0

2003/04

619

2

100

416

88

13

0

0

2002/03

439

0

63

303

69

4

0

0

2001/02

446

0

40

304

89

13

0

0

2000/01

462

0

41

331

88

4

0

0

1999/2000(1)

259

1

21

182

52

3

0

0

1998/99

767

0

52

490

206

16

2

1

1997/98

623

1

36

400

181

5

0

0


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