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(a) The BIG Lottery Fund's actual expenditure (rather than awards made) comprises £830,604, distributed to a total of nine community sports projects where the beneficiaries are located in the Poole constituency.


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Financial y ear BIG amount distributed Poole (£)

2002-03

15,965

2003-04

423,033

2004-05

391,611

Total

830,609


(b) Total Lottery funding channelled through BIG and its predecessor bodies to England from 1997 to 2009, as actual expenditure (rather than awards made) on sports related projects, is as follows:

Financial y ear BIG amount distributed England (£)

2001-02

11,400

2002-03

4,500,970

2003-04

23,957,471

2004-05

60,862,060

2005-06

197,754,894

2006-07

175,423,208

2007-08

100,153,903

2008-09

88,631,818

Total

651,295,724


Children, Schools and Families

Discipline

15. Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to help teachers maintain discipline in schools. [320690]

Mr. Coaker: This Government have given teachers a range of powers to tackle poor behaviour including, for the first time, a clear statutory power to discipline pupils. We have also provided support, guidance and consultancy to schools on behaviour improvement. Our behaviour challenge launched last September, sets out a series of actions to drive behaviour standards higher-enabling all schools to be not simply satisfactory in their behaviour standards but good or outstanding.

Free School Meals

17. Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the level of educational attainment of pupils eligible to receive free school meals; and if he will make a statement. [320692]

Mr. Coaker: Long-term trends show that the achievement of pupils eligible for free school meals is rising, and that gaps in attainment between those pupils and their more affluent peers are narrowing. To give just one example, between 2002 and 2009, the percentage of free school meals pupils achieving the equivalent of five or more good GCSEs rose by 25.9 percentage points (from 23 per cent. to 48.9 per cent.), in comparison with a 19.1 percentage point rise for non-free school meals pupils.


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UK Council for Child Internet Safety

19. Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in establishing the UK Council for Child Internet Safety; and if he will make a statement. [320694]

Dawn Primarolo: The UK Council for Child Internet Safety was established on 29 September 2008 and now has over 160 members from Government, law enforcement, the third sector and industry.

In December last year, UKCCIS launched its first child internet safety strategy 'Click Clever, Click Safe'. We believe this is the first such strategy of its kind anywhere in the world and represents a real step forward in the development of work to keep children safe online.

Secondary Schools: Halton

20. Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the performance of secondary schools in Halton and the north-west. [320695]

Mr. Coaker: Between 1998 and 2008 the percentage of pupils in Halton achieving five good GCSEs, including English and maths, increased from 24.7 per cent. to 49.2 per cent. making it the sixth most improved local authority nationally over that period. Over the same period the results for the north-west region, on the same measure, improved from 32.9 per cent. to 47.4 per cent. The authority's results dipped in 2009 and we are working closely with them through the National Challenge programme to provide additional support to those schools that need it.

Academies

21. Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest assessment is of progress on the academies programme; and if he will make a statement. [320696]

Mr. Coaker: There are now 203 academies open in 83 local authorities with up to a further 100 opening in 2010. Evidence from independent reports by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ofsted and the National Audit Office show academies are working. For academies with results in 2008 and 2009 the increase in the proportion of pupils achieving at least five A*-C GCSEs including English and maths is 5.0 percentage points, an increase on last year's academy improvement rate of 4.3 percentage points and double the average national increase.

Building Schools for the Future

22. Mr. Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made on the Building Schools for the Future programme in Stoke-on-Trent. [320697]

Mr. Coaker: Stoke-on-Trent is in wave 1 of the Building Schools for the Future programme.


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The framework contract for construction agents is in place and OBC approval is imminent. The authority expects work to start on the first school in September 2010.

Funding levels for all schools and academies, together with feasibility designs have been approved.

Catch-up Support

23. Andrew Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for the future provision of catch-up support for children in literacy and numeracy. [320698]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The Government's commitment to the future provision of catch-up support in literacy and numeracy is encapsulated in the Pupil Guarantees, which set out entitlements to support for children who are not making good progress in mathematics or English at key stages 1, 2 and 3. The guarantees are underpinned by programmes including Every Child a Reader, Every Child a Writer and Every Child Counts, in addition to the one-to-one tuition programme and secondary programmes such as Literacy Plus and Study Plus.

Bullying

24. John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the number of children subject to bullying in schools; and if he will make a statement. [320699]

Mr. Coaker: The annual TellUs survey provides information on this. According to TellUs 4 (2009), 46 per cent. say they have been bullied in school, of these 53 per cent. were bullied in the last year. There was a 24 percentage point improvement on the number of young people who felt their school dealt effectively with bullying.

Overall, 28.8 per cent. of young people surveyed said they had been bullied at some time during the last year, either in or out of school.

NEETs

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training. [320691]

Mr. Charles Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training; and if he will make a statement. [320693]

Mr. Iain Wright: We published "Investing in Potential" in December 2009 setting out the decisive steps we are taking to reduce the proportion of young people who are not in education, employment or training. Through our September and January Guarantees, we are offering 16 and 17-year-olds a place in learning. The Young Person's Guarantee will ensure that 18 to 24-year-olds still unemployed after six months will be guaranteed access to a job, training or work experience.


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Education: Charities

Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any additional changes to arrangements for registration of educational charities have been agreed with the Charity Commission since the publication of the protocol on academies in 2009. [319670]

Mr. Coaker: There have been no changes on the registration of educational charities since the publication of the protocol on academies in 2009. Officials are in discussions with the Charity Commission on the ways in which academy trusts can be better supported through the process of registration as charities. The Secretary of State has agreed in principle to become the principal regulator for voluntary and foundation schools, subject to agreement on the details of the associated responsibilities.

GCSE: Poole

Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils resident in the Poole unitary authority area sat a GCSE in (a) history, (b) physics, (c) chemistry and (d) biology in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2009. [320386]

Mr. Coaker: Information about whether a pupil has entered GCSEs in history, physics, chemistry and biology has only been available on the National Pupil Database since the 2003/04 academic year.

Students( 1, 2) resident( 3) in Poole unitary authority entered for GCSEs in (a) history, (b) physics, (c) chemistry and (d) biology in 2003/04 and 2008/09
Poole unitary authority 2003/04 2008/09

Number of students( 1, 2) entered for

History GCSE

464

481

Physics GCSE

224

328

Chemistry GCSE

221

328

Biology GCSE

223

336

(1 )Data for 2003/04 are based on pupils aged 15 on 31 August 2003 and data for 2008/09 are based on pupils at the end of key stage 4.
(2 )Students attending maintained schools only, including city technology colleges and academies
(3 )Based on students with a valid postcode in that academic year.
Source:
National Pupil Database (2003/04 final data, 2008/09 amended data).

National Curriculum Tests

Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children achieved at least level 2 in each subject at Key Stage 1 in each year since the introduction of such assessments. [317744]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 22 February 2010]: The information requested is in the following tables.


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Reading: Key Stage 1: Task/test and teacher assessment results, percentage of students who achieved at or at or above the given level

Level 2 Level 2B( 3) Level 3

1995

78

-

33

1996

78

-

30

1997

80

-

26

1998

80

62

26

1999

82

66

29

2000

83

68

28

2001

84

69

29

2002

84

69

30

2003

84

69

28

2004(2)

85

71

29

2005

85

72

27

2006

84

71

26

2007

84

71

26

2008

84

71

25

2009(4)

84

72

26


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