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Departmental Furniture

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case. [211773]

Kevin Brennan: The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) does not hold information on the detail of spend incurred by its agencies and can only provide aggregate spends for the purchase of office furniture, inclusive of chairs desks and other office furnishings for the Department for each of the last four years.

The breakdown of aggregate spends for each of the last four years is:

Total cost (£)

2004/05

£524,490

2005/06

£315,124

2006/07

£123,703

2007/08

£1,269,169


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Departmental Homeworking

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff in his Department are authorised to work from home. [212530]

Kevin Brennan: The information requested is not collected centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

I can however confirm that home working is available to all staff in the Department for Children, Schools and Families and currently 50 per cent. of staff can access the Department’s IT infrastructure from home.

Departmental Manpower

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many permanent staff within (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are classed as (i) staff without posts and (ii) part of a people action team. [210864]

Kevin Brennan: There are currently 21 staff in my Department and its agencies that are classed as without permanent posts. These staff are all actively engaged in delivering a range of departmental projects and duties, while seeking a new permanent post through our Brokerage Service. These staff are known as priority movers and they are given individual tailored support to engage with the internal labour market and find suitable permanent posts.

There are no members of staff in people action teams.

Departmental Postal Services

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on sending mail overseas in each year since 2001, broken down by delivery company. [208510]

Kevin Brennan: The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) spent £3,300 in total on mail overseas across each of our four current HQ buildings for the period 2007-08 using Royal Mail, the only delivery company used. This amounted to 1.1 per cent. of the postal budget for this period. Each HQ building holds autonomous and non-compatible recording systems,
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some going back further than others so the collation of records dating from 2001 would incur disproportionate costs even if the base information was extant.

Departmental Security

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen in the last 24 months in (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) each of its executive agencies. [210887]

Kevin Brennan: The number of building passes reported lost or stolen, for the Department for Children, Schools and Families formerly Department for Skills and Education in the last 24 months amounts to 313. The Department has no Executive agencies.

Departmental Sick Pay

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much sick pay to staff in his Department and its predecessor cost in the last five years for which figures are available. [211861]

Kevin Brennan: Due to the wide range of posts and salary points in my Department, the actual cost of sick pay to staff in my Department could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. My Department’s general policy for full-time staff is to pay sickness absence on full pay for up to 182 days, followed by sickness absence on half pay for up to 183 days. Sickness absence is unpaid once entitlement to full and/or half pay has been exhausted, unless HR approves payment of sick pay at pension rate.

General Certificate of Secondary Education

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils taking GCSEs obtained three A*-C passes in separate science subjects in (a) the state sector and (b) the independent sector in each of the last five years. [214026]

Jim Knight: The information required is in the following table.

Maintained Schools Independent Schools
Number of pupils achieving A*-C grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics Percentage of pupils achieving A*-C grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics Number of 15-year-olds Number of pupils achieving A*-C grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics Percentage of pupils achieving A*-C grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics Number of 15-year-olds

2006-07

30,542

5.0

608,125

11,629

24.0

48,537

2005-06

28,283

4.7

600,650

11,558

23.9

48,292

2004-05

25,502

4.3

589,881

11,500

24.5

46,890

2003-04

23,161

3.9

596,602

11,635

24.8

46,958

2002-03

21,046

3.6

577,791

11,434

25.8

44,331

Notes:
1. These figures relate to 15-year-olds (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August) in all maintained and independent schools.
2. Maintained schools include academies and CTCs.

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils in each secondary modern or equivalent school in England gained five grade A*-C GCSEs in each year since 2003. [214028]


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

Grammar Schools: Disadvantaged

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children at English grammar schools were entitled to free school meals in
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each year since 1996-97; and if he will make a statement. [213470]

Jim Knight: The readily available information is given in the table below. Information for each year since 1996-97 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

State funded secondary schools: School meals arrangements: Position in January each year: 1997, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2008 (provisional) England
Grammar schools State funded secondary-schools( 1)
Number of pupils Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free schools meals Number of pupils Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free schools meals

1997(2)

127,780

4,730

3.7

3,052,280

556,250

18.2

1999(2)

140,010

4,320

3.1

3,134,470

527,340

16.8

2002(2)

145,430

3,240

2.2

3,277,100

488,490

14.9

2005(3)

153,270

3,300

2.1

3,349,220

473,470

14.1

2007(3)

156,870

3,140

2.0

3,325,620

445,070

13.4

2008 Provisional(3)

154,420

3,030

2.0

3,293,650

433,010

13.1

(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. Also CTCs and academies.
(2) number of pupils include those with sole and dual registration. Excludes boarders.
(3) Includes pupils with sole and dual main registration. Includes boarders.
Note:
Pupil 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

Health Education: Sex

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when the group reviewing the delivery of sex and relationship education is expected to report its recommendations; [213656]

(2) what consultation will be undertaken on the recommendations of the group reviewing the delivery of sex and relationship education. [213657]

Jim Knight: The external steering group which has overseen the review of sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools is due to present its report and recommendations to DCSF Ministers at the end of July 2008. Ministers will consider the recommendations and respond later in the year.

We do not intend to carry out a public consultation on the group’s recommendations. However it may be appropriate to consult more widely on particular action that the Government propose to take as a result of the group’s report.

Politics: Curriculum

Stephen Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what provision there is in the National Curriculum for teaching on politics and political institutions; and what research he has evaluated on the effects of such teaching in other countries on young people's participation in democratic processes. [213838]

Jim Knight: Citizenship education, which has been compulsory in secondary schools since 2002, makes an important contribution to developing young people's political literacy. It enables them to improve their understanding and develop skills of democratic participation while helping them to appreciate that they have a stake in society. Through Citizenship Education, young people are taught about democratic institutions, processes and the importance of voting. We are keen to encourage active learning so that young people start early to experience democracy in action. We continue to monitor young people's attitudes to participation in the democratic process through UK-based research such as the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER)'s longitudinal study reports and international research such as the International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Archive (INCA) report which looks at how citizenship education affects participation in 14 different countries.

Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Mr. Dunne: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the level of guaranteed funding per pupil was in each local education authority in each year since 1997-98. [213619]

Jim Knight: The dedicated schools grant (DSG) was introduced in 2006-07 and the guaranteed units of funding per pupil (GUF) from 2006-07 to 2010-11 are provided in the following table. Prior to 2006-07, funding was not allocated through a guaranteed amount per pupil and so figures are not available for 1997-98 to 2005-06. This funding covers all funded pupils aged three to 15. Figures are in cash terms.


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