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Schools: Transport

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with the Department for Transport on the fitting of seatbelts in all vehicles used to transport children to and from school. [207511]

Jim Knight [holding answer 2 June 2008]: There have been no recent discussions between the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Transport on the fitting of seat belts in vehicles used to transport children to and from school. Seat belts must be fitted in all coaches and mini-buses carrying groups of children on organised trips, including when used for dedicated home to school transport, However much home to school transport is organised on service buses (typically double deckers) where there is no legal requirement to fit seat belts, as ills recognised that their design makes it technically difficult for adequate seat belts to befitted retrospectively.

Secondary Education

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many secondary schools have a specialism in (a) mathematics, (b) English, (c) modern languages, (d) dance, (e) music, (f) sport, (g) science, (h) drama, (i) technology, (j) humanities and (k) other subjects; and if he will make a statement; [207122]

(2) how many secondary schools have specialist status in at least one area; and if he will make a statement. [207859]

Jim Knight: 2892 secondary schools have specialist status. The following table shows how many schools are specialist in each of the main initial specialisms available and the five additional specialisms made available to high performing specialist schools (HPSS). English, dance and drama are not individual specialisms, with English being part of the humanities specialism and dance and drama covered by the arts specialism.


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Specialism Main specialism Combined specialism HPSS specialisms Total number of schools with a specialism

Arts

478

42

32

552

Business and enterprise

249

23

8

280

Engineering

57

12

0

69

Humanities

116

28

32

176

Language

220

19

111

350

Maths and computing

272

25

51

348

Music

26

10

16

52

Science

316

47

63

426

Sports

382

25

27

434

Technology

564

19

3

586

SEN

87

10

97

Leading edge

205

205

Raising achievement transforming learning

36

36

Leadership partner school

14

14

Training school

222

222

applied learning (Previously vocational)

160

160


Sixth Form Education: Per Capita Costs

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much per pupil funding there was for children taught in (a) school sixth forms and (b) sixth form and further education colleges in 2007-08; what the cost would have been of equalising funding per pupil at the level of school pupils in that year; and if he will make a statement. [200998]

Jim Knight: The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) Statement of Priorities, published in November 2007, set out that there will be a simpler, more transparent, common 16-18 funding system for schools, colleges and providers. This will be based on a common measure of the size of qualifications or learning programmes, standard learner numbers, 22 learning hours per week and a provider factor that is unique to every institution. On the basis of information provided by the LSC, under this new funding system the national funding rate per pupil for 2008/09 will be £2,945 for school sixth forms and £2,860 for FE colleges. The equivalent figures for 2007/08 have been estimated at £2,884 for school sixth forms and £2,790 for FE colleges.

The LSC hold the information required to calculate what the cost would have been of aligning funding rates between 16-18 pupils in school sixth forms and sixth-form colleges/FE colleges in 2007/08. Mark Haysom, the LSC’s Chief Executive has written to the hon. Member and a copy of his response has been placed in the Libraries.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 22 May 2008:

Strengthening Families Grant

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what organisations were funded by the Strengthening Families Grant in each of the last five years. [208431]

Beverley Hughes: The Strengthening Families Grant (SFG) programme was launched hi 2005 for the three year period, 2005-08.

The SFG programme funded a total of 84 organisations (listed as follows) to support and develop activities in the area of parenting and relationship support.


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