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Citizenship: Education

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many secondary schools in England employ one or more teachers who have completed initial teacher training courses to become specialist citizenship teachers. [275909]

Jim Knight: The information is not available in the format requested.

Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many secondary school teachers in England have completed initial teacher training courses to become specialist citizenship teachers in the last (a) 12 months and (b) two years. [275910]

Jim Knight: The number of teachers gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) via secondary Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses in Citizenship for each of the last two years for which data are available is given in the following table.

Teachers gaining QTS Via secondary ITT courses in citizenship

Mainstream Employment based routes

2005/06

190

40

2006/07

180

40

Notes:
1. Mainstream figures include Universities, other Higher Education Institutions, SCITT and Open University but excludes employment based routes and cases where QTS was granted on assessment-based teacher training.
2. Employment based ITT excludes cases where QTS was granted on assessment-based teacher training.
3. Citizenship includes Citizenship and Business Studies, and Citizenship and History.
4. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Source:
TDA Performance Profiles.

Class Sizes: Primary Education

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to reduce the number of five to seven-year-olds in unlawfully large classes; and if he will make a statement. [276513]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: We take breaches of infant class size legislation very seriously. Officials will be following up with the local authorities and schools concerned to ensure remedial action is being taken. Local authorities and schools have a legal responsibility to limit infant class sizes and, if necessary, the Secretary of State has powers to direct them to comply.

Departmental Air Conditioning

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of his Department's buildings are equipped with air conditioning systems with greater than 250kW of output; how many of these systems have been inspected under the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the results. [270615]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Department for Children Schools and Families has three headquarter properties in Sheffield, Darlington and London that have
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environmental control equipment that require inspection under The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.

Inspections of our three properties are being scheduled and the inspection results will be placed in the House Libraries.

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on carrying out inspections of air conditioning systems within its departmental buildings in accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. [270616]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The Department for Children Schools and Families has three headquarter properties in Sheffield, Darlington and London that have environmental control equipment that require inspection under The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007.

The estimated costs for these inspections are:

Departmental Marketing

Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in weekly and regional newspapers in the last five years. [277161]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Since January 2004 the Department, and its predecessor (Department for Education and Skills), has spent £1,478,364 on advertising in weekly and regional newspapers.

Departmental Pay

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) senior Civil Service staff in 2008-09; and how many such payments were made. [275260]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Information on non-consolidated payments is as follows:

All of these payments were made from and funded within existing pay bill controls. Payments to senior civil servants are based on recommendations of the Senior Salaries Review Body.

European Co-operation

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what activities have been undertaken by his Department’s Euro Minister in that capacity. [277167]


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Jim Knight: Ministers from this Department represent the UK at the regular meetings of EU Education and Youth Councils, and at informal meetings of EU Education Ministers.

In 2009, the Under-Secretary of State for Children Schools and Families, my hon. Friend the Member for Portsmouth, North (Sarah McCarthy-Fry) attended Youth Council on 16 February. I attended an informal meeting of EU Education Ministers in Prague on 22-23 March, at which we discussed a Czech presidency paper about the role of education for recovery and long term development; and the issue of fostering stronger links between education institutions and employers.

I also attended EU Education and Youth Council in Brussels on 11-12 May which discussed the future EU Youth Co-operation Framework. We also agreed conclusions on improving partnerships between educational institutions and employers; and on a new strategic framework for co-operation between member states in education and training in Europe in the period up to 2020.

Education Maintenance Allowance

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of children in households with annual income above £30,810 in receipt of education maintenance allowance (EMA) under the EMA guarantee. [277089]

Jim Knight: The EMA guarantee was introduced in the current academic year of 2008/09 and relates to entitlement in future years. No young person will receive EMA under the guarantee before academic year 2009/10.

Under the terms of the guarantee, a successful assessment of eligibility based on household income will entitle the learner to up to three years of EMA on the same rate, as long as they enrol on valid provision and keep to their learning contract. Since September 2008, all young people receiving income assessed EMA will be clear what financial support they will be entitled to if they continue in post 16 learning and meet the agreed requirements relating to attendance, behaviour, and progress on their course.

First Aid: Education

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it his policy to ensure that schools provide first aid training to school leavers. [272396]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education already provides children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices in a range of contexts related to health and safety. Children learn about basic and emergency first aid, as well as where and how to obtain health information, how to recognise and follow health and safety procedures and ways of reducing risk and minimising harm in risky situations.

GCE A-Level: Bexley

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in the London Borough of Bexley completed (a) AS and (b) A-level courses in each of the last three years. [270810]


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Jim Knight: The information available is given in the table:

16 to 18-year-old candidates who were entered for level 3 qualifications at least equivalent in size to one GCE/VCE A-level

Number

2008

1,303

2007

1,191

2006

1,104

Source:
Achievement and Attainment Tables.

Figures are for the maintained sector only: maintained schools and further education colleges.

Similar reliable data for AS-level figures cannot be provided as the point at which students ‘complete their AS-level’ study is hard to define. The final number of AS-levels recorded will depend on when, or whether, students decide to ‘cash-in’ their AS-levels.

GCSE

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of pupils have no schools where more than 30 per cent. of pupils achieved five GCSEs at A*-C including English and mathematics in 2008 within (a) two and (b) three miles of their homes. [268483]

Jim Knight: The information is as follows:

The National Challenge programme is supporting all schools below the floor with bespoke packages of support to help schools accelerate their improvements. This will help to increase the number of good school places for pupils, delivering a sustainable transformation of secondary education across the country.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many entries there were for GCSE examinations for pupils from each type of school in each of the last three years. [268492]

Jim Knight: The answer is provided in the following table:


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Number of full GCSE entries by pupils at the end of Key Stage 4, by school type
T housand
School type 2008 2007 2006

Comprehensive

4,187.0

3,826.6

3,820.6

Selective

227.4

209.0

207.5

Modern

203.3

185.2

185.7

Other maintained

31.0

16.6

15.2

Independent

385.1

384.7

388.0

Source:
Attainment and Achievement Tables

The figures relate to pupils who were at the end of Key Stage 4 in the given year and include any GCSE attempts by these pupils in previous academic years. Only full GCSEs have been included.

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils (a) eligible for and (b) not eligible for free school meals achieved eight or more GCSEs at A or A* grade in each of the last three years. [268497]

Sarah McCarthy-Fry: The answer is provided in the following table:

Number and percentage of pupils who achieved eight or more GCSEs at A or A* by FSM eligibility
Number Percentage

Non-FSM FSM Non-FSM FSM

2006

33,497

844

6.5

1.1

2007

34,728

872

6.7

1.1

2008

37,766

890

7.2

1.2

Source:
National Pupil Database.

The figures are based on pupils at the end of key stage 4 and include results in full and double award GCSEs, vocational/applied GCSEs, short courses and intermediate GNVQs.


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