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Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils who had participated in gifted and talented programmes and who sat GCSEs in 2009 achieved (a) five or more GCSEs at grades A* - C, (b) five or more GCSEs at grades A* - C including English and mathematics, (c) five or more GCSEs at grades A* - C including English, mathematics and a modern foreign language and (d) eight or more GCSEs at grades A* - A. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 20 October 2009]: Information on GCSE attainment by pupil characteristics for the 2008-09 academic year is not yet available. The first results from this data will be published in December 2009.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils achieved eight or more GCSEs at grade A*-A (a) nationally, (b) in selective local education authorities, (c) in comprehensive education authorities and (d) in partially selective local education authorities in 2009. 
|Local authority admission policy||Percentage of pupils( 1) achieving eight or more GCSEs at grade A* or A, 2009( 2)|
|(1) Pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in maintained schools.|
(2) Data for 2009 are provisional and subject to change after school checking.
(3) Selective local authorities include Buckinghamshire, Kent, Medway, Slough, Southend, Torbay and Trafford.
(4) Partially selective local authorities include Barnet, Bexley, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bromley, Calderdale, City of Plymouth, Cumbria, Devon, Enfield, Essex, Gloucestershire, Kingston upon Thames, Kirklees, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, North Yorkshire, Poole, Reading, Redbridge, Stoke on Trent, Sutton, Telford and the Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Wirral and Wolverhampton.
This figure has been derived from the National Pupil Database. Data on pupils' eligibility for free school meals are collected in the Pupil-Level Annual School Census which only takes place in maintained schools.
Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children at schools in Enfield North constituency obtained nine or more GCSEs at grades A* to C or equivalent including English and mathematics in each year since 1997. 
Nadine Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency and (b) Bedfordshire have participated in the Primary Capital Programme in 2009. 
Mr. Coaker: Funding for the national roll out of the Primary Capital Programme commenced in April 2009. It follows that very few of the projects to be funded wholly or partly through the programme will have actually started on site at this stage.
I am pleased to confirm, however, that the strategic plan submitted through the former Bedfordshire Council's Primary Strategy for Change has resulted in additional funding of £9.3 million being approved to support local delivery over the two year period 2009-11 duly confirmed.
Decisions about the prioritisation of individual projects are rightly matters for local determination. The programme aims to support local authorities in renewing around half of all primary schools by 2023. More detailed information about the work planned can be obtained from the local authority.
John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children had been permanently excluded from (a) schools and (b) Catholic schools on the latest date for which figures are available; 
|Primary, secondary and special schools( 1) , number and percentage of pupil enrolments( 2) permanently excluded by denomination of school( 3) , England 2007/08 (estimates)( 4)|
|Number of pupil enrolments permanently excluded( 2)||Percentage of pupils permanently excluded( 5)|
|(1) Includes middle schools, city technology colleges, academies, and maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools.|
(2) Pupils may be counted more than once if they are permanently excluded from more than one school during the year.
(3) Denomination of school as Roman Catholic or otherwise as it appears in Edubase. Multi-denominational schools have been categorised as other.
(4) Figures relating to permanent exclusions are estimates based on incomplete pupil-level data.
(5) The number of pupil enrolments permanently excluded as a percentage of the number (headcount) of all pupils (excluding dually registered pupils) in January 2008, in each denomination category.
Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
School Census and Edubase.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained schools in which over (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15 and (d) 20 per cent. of pupils were persistent absentees had less than 30 per cent. of pupils gain five GCSEs including English and mathematics at grades A* to C in each year since 2005. 
|Percentage of persistent absence( 1) in school|
|(1) Persistent absence is defined as missing more than 63 sessions.|
(2) Including city technology colleges, academies and maintained special schools-all schools in the table have at least one pupil at the end of Key Stage 4.
1. Special schools are included in the figures.
2. Data matching persistent absence to school attainment are only available from 2007.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average absence rate from school for infant school pupils was in the last year for which figures were available. 
Mr. Coaker: The absence rate for primary school pupils aged five or six is shown in the table. Infant pupils attend a variety of school types. For consistency, data have been provided for all infant pupils regardless of the category of school they attend.
|Primary schools( 1) , absence rate( 2) for infant pupils( 3, 4) , 2007/08, England|
|Average absence rate( 2)|
|(1 )Includes middle schools as deemed.|
(2 )Number of sessions due to overall absence as a percentage of the total number of possible sessions.
(3 )Pupils attending primary schools, aged five or six as at 31 August 2007, who will become six or seven during the academic year; excluding boarders.
(4 )Pupils attending primary schools, aged five to 15 as at 31 August 2007, excluding boarders.
|Maintained primary( 1) , state-funded secondary( 1, 2 ) and special( 3) schools: ethnicity( 4) of Roman Catholic( 5) schools compared to all schools, as at January 2009, England|
|All schools||Roman Catholic schools|
|Number||Percentage( 6)||Number||Percentage( 6)|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed.|
(2) Includes CTCs and academies.
(3) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools.
(4) Pupils of compulsory school age and above were classified according to ethnic group. Excludes dually registered pupils.
(5) Denomination of school as Roman Catholic as it appears in Edubase.
(6) The number of pupils by ethnic group expressed as a percentage of all pupils of compulsory school age and above.
(7) Information refused or not obtained.
(8) Includes all pupils classified as belonging to an ethnic group other than White British.
(9) All pupils of compulsory school age and above.
Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.
School Census and Edubase.
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