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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost to the public purse was of free school meals in (a) all schools and (b) school sixth forms in the last year for which figures are available. 
Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department does not collect this information. It is for individual local authorities to decide how much funding to allocate to school meal provision. Where a school chooses to manage its own budget for school meals, it is also responsible for deciding how much to allocate.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils attended maintained mainstream schools at which fewer than (a) one per cent., (b) five per cent. and (c) 10 per cent. of pupils at the end of key stage 4 achieved fewer than five GCSEs, including English and mathematics at grade A* to C in the latest year for which figures are available. 
(a) 6,222 attended one of the very top performing schools with fewer than 1 per cent. of pupils achieving fewer than five GCSEs at grades A*-C or the equivalent including English and mathematics.
(b) 19,536 attended a school with fewer than 5 per cent. of pupils achieving fewer than five GCSEs at grades A*-C or the equivalent including English and mathematics.
(c) 23,733 attended a school with fewer than 10 per cent. of pupils achieving fewer than five GCSEs at grades A*-C or the equivalent including English and mathematics.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children in care achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics but excluding equivalents in each year since 1997. 
Ms Diana R. Johnson: Information on the number of children who achieve five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics is not available from the OC2 return, which is the current source of data on the attainment of looked after children. The OC2 return is due to be superseded by a new data source which will be used to monitor the attainment of looked after children from 2010.
In November the Department published analysis of the new data source as experimental statistics in the release, "Bridging Series for Outcomes for Looked After Children: Comparison of Data from Matched Administrative Source with Current Aggregate Source":
|Key Stage 4 eligibility and performance of children who have been looked after continuously for at least 12 months( 1) (GCSEs and GNVQs only), Years: 2006 to 2009, Coverage: England|
|Figures based on matched CLA-NPD data source-Financial Cohort( 2)|
|Children achieving 5+ GCSEs( 5) at grades A*- C including English and mathematics|
|Number of children( 3,4)||Number||Percentage|
|(1) Children looked after continuously for at least 12 months excluding children in respite care. (2) Children looked after continuously for at least 12 months at 31 March. (3) All numbers less than 1,000 are rounded to the nearest 10, otherwise they are rounded to the nearest 100. (4) Number of children based on those children aged 15 at the start of the academic year i.e. 31 August. (5) Includes results in GCSEs and GNVQs only, excludes equivalencies.|
These figures are experimental statistics and should be treated with caution. They have been released to allow readers to comment on the new data source and methodology before being adopted fully as official statistics.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) key stage 2 pupils reached level 4 in English and mathematics and (b) GCSE pupils achieved at least five A* to C grades, including English and mathematics in each London local authority area in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2008. 
Mr. Coaker: The following table lists the percentage of Key Stage 2 pupils achieving Level 4 or above in English and mathematics, and the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C at GCSE including English and mathematics in 1997 and 2008 for every London local authority.
|Percentage of KS2 pupils achieving Level 4 or above in English and mathematics||Percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C at GCSE (or equivalent) including English and mathematics GCSEs|
|Local authority||1997||2008( 1)||1997( 2)||2008( 3)|
|(1 )The 2008 KS2 figures are derived from the 2008 Achievement and Attainment Tables (AATs). (2 )Figures for 1997 relate to 15-year-olds (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August) and include GCSE and GNVQ only. (3 )Figures for 2008 relate to pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 and include both GCSE and QCDA-approved equivalences.|
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils at schools in Ashford constituency have participated in the gifted and talented programme in each of the last five years. 
Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Department does not collect data about participation in gifted and talented programmes. Through the School Census, schools are asked to confirm the number of gifted and talented pupils they have identified. The following tables provide data on how many children were identified as gifted and talented in the January census between 2006, when the question was first asked, and 2009.
2006 records include secondary gifted and talented pupil data only. Otherwise, figures include primary(1) and secondary(1, 2) school data broken down by the number(3) and percentage of gifted and talented pupils.
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