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Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time equivalent staff of each grade are employed by his Department to assist special advisers. [321130]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The special advisers' support office consists of 1.5 full-time equivalent staff, as follows:

Departmental Plants

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has spent on pot plants in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-10. [319197]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: Spend by the Department for Children, Schools and Families on pot plants in the last two financial years and the current financial year to date is shown in the table. The Department does not have any agencies.

Expenditure on pot plants was higher during these financial years due to a refurbishment programme at Sanctuary Buildings.

£

2007-08

42,820.00

2008-09

32,965.00

2009-10

5,845.00


Departmental Travel

John Mason: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has spent on international travel since May 2007. [317049]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The following table details the amount spent by the Department for Children, Schools and Families on international travel for the last two financial years for which figures are currently available. The amount expended for each year includes the cost of overseas rail, air, car and other travel in addition to the cost of overnight accommodation and travel allowances paid to individual members of staff.


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£

2007-08 (April 2007 to March 2008)

169,771

2008-09 (April 2008 to March 2009)

192,016

Note:
Figures have been rounded to the nearest £.

Figures for 2009-10 will not be available until the end of the current financial year.


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Free School Meals

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children at (a) denominational primary schools, (b) denominational secondary schools, (c) maintained primary schools, (d) maintained secondary schools, (e) grammar schools and (f) academies was entitled to free school meals in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009. [318192]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The information requested is shown in the table.

Number and percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals( 1) , position in January each year: 2008 and 2009, coverage: England
2008 2009

Number on roll( 2) Number of pupils known to be eligible for free meals Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free meals Number on roll( 2) Number of pupils known to be eligible for free meals Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free meals

Maintained primary schools(3)

4,090,400

638,310

15.6

4,077,350

653,600

16.0

of which:

Denominational primary schools(3)

1,201,600

136,220

11.3

1,201,590

142,260

11.8

LA maintained secondary schools(3, 4, 5)

3,214,030

410,810

12.8

3,152,800

406,450

12.9

of which:

Denominational secondary schools(3, 4, 5)

523,3705

7,420

11.0

522,910

58,220

11.1

Grammar schools

157,450

3,030

1.9

158,650

3,210

2.0

All academies

74,530

21,630

29.0

121,950

32,110

26.3

Academies open in both 2008 and 2009

74,530

21,630

29.0

79,220

23,220

29.3

(1) Those eligible may choose not to take up their offer of a free school meal for various reasons e.g. through preference or through non-attendance on the day. Pupils are counted as eligible only if they meet the eligibility criteria and make a claim. (2) Includes all full-time and part-time pupils who are sole or dual main registrations. Includes boarders. (3) Includes middle schools as deemed. (4) Excludes academies. (5) Includes grammar schools. Note: Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Source: School Census.

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children in each local authority area is eligible to receive free school meals. [321940]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The information requested can be found in tables 11a, 11b and 11c in the 'Schools, Pupils and Their Characteristics: January 2009', Statistical First Release at:

GCSE

Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in comprehensive schools achieved seven or more GCSEs, including (a) English language, (b) English literature, (c) mathematics, (d) history, (e) physics, (f) biology and (g) chemistry in 2009. [304903]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: Of the pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in comprehensive(1) schools that achieved seven or more GCSEs at grade A*-G or the equivalent:

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) male and (b) female students gained (i) five GCSEs including English and mathematics at grades A* to C, (ii) five GCSEs at grades A* to G and (iii) at least one GCSE pass in each year since 1997. [310563]


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Mr. Coaker [holding answer 13 January 2010]: The answer to this question can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils (a) entitled and (b) not entitled to free school meals attained five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics in each constituency in the latest year for which figures are available. [317730]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The information requested for pupils attending maintained schools (including city technology colleges and academies) has been placed in the House Libraries.

GCSE: Leeds

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in state schools in Leeds North West constituency achieved five GCSEs including mathematics and English in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available. [322697]

Mr. Coaker: The requested information is provided in the following table for the 2003/04 and the 2008/09 academic years. Information about whether a pupil achieved five or more GCSEs or equivalent including English and maths GCSEs has only been available on the Department's National Pupil Database since the 2003/04 academic year.

Percentage of pupils attending maintained schools( 1 ) in Leeds, North-West constituency( 2) achieving five or more GCSEs or equivalent( 3 ) including English and mathematics GCSEs, 2003/04 and 2008/09( 4)

2003/04 2008/09

Percentage of pupils in Leeds, North-West constituency achieving five or more GCSEs or equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs

89.7

91.3

(1) All maintained schools (including city technology colleges and academies).
(2) Parliamentary constituency figures do not include pupils recently arrived from overseas.
(3) Figures for 2003/04 include GNVQ equivalences and in 2008/09 other equivalences approved for use pre-16.
(4) Figures for 2003/04 are based on pupils aged 15 years old at the start of the academic year. Figures for 2008/09 are based on pupils at the end of Key Stage 4.
Source:
National Pupil Database and Achievement and Attainment Tables (2003/04 final data, 2008/09 amended data)

Grammar Schools: Free School Meals

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what grammar schools there are in each local authority; and what percentage of children attending each school is eligible to receive free school meals. [321892]

Ms Diana R. Johnson: The information requested has been placed in the House Libraries.

Greater Manchester

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to
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Manchester, Gorton constituency, the effects on that constituency of the policies of his Department and its predecessors since 1997. [322142]

Mr. Coaker: Since 1997 the Government have transformed education and child care with improved outcomes for children and young people. Figures showing the performance at key stage 2 and at GCSE and equivalents in Manchester, Gorton are given in the following tables:

Key stage 2 results of 11 year old pupils attending schools( 1) in the Manchester, Gorton constituency
Percentage of pupils gaining level 4 and above 1997 2009( 2) Percentage point improvement 1997 to 2009

Manchester, Gorton

English

53

74

21

Maths

49

79

30

Science

54

86

32

England

English

63

80

17

Maths

62

79

17

Science

68

88

20

(1) Includes pupils attending all maintained schools (including Academies and City Technology Colleges).
(2) Revised data.
Source:
School and College Achievement and Attainment Tables

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