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Nursery Schools

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pages of guidance his Department and its predecessors sent to nursery school headteachers in each of the last 10 years. (201852)

Maintained nursery schools have received a wide range of statutory and non statutory guidance over the last 10 years. Statistical data on the number of pages included in these documents are not normally collected and would be possible to find out only at disproportionate costs.

The number of documents sent to all primary schools which would also have been sent to maintained nursery schools is detailed in the following table. The Department stopped sending regular paper mailings to schools in December 2004 replacing it with a regular fortnightly e-mail which allows schools to order the required numbers of documents at their discretion.

Guidance notes issued to primary schools

Primary

1997-98

86

1998-99

96

1999-2000

146

2000-01

47

2001-02

55

2002-03

39

2003-04

31

2004-05

0