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Pre-school Education

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) all children, (b) children in the five per cent. most deprived areas and (c) children in the 10 per cent. most deprived areas achieved the national standard (1) in all Foundation Stage Profile assessments in each year for which records are available; (257625)

(2) in each of the Foundation Stage Profile assessments in each year for which records are available;

(3) in the Foundation Stage Profile assessments in (i) personal, social and emotional development, (ii) communication, language and literacy and (iii) mathematical development in each year for which records are available.

[holding answer 23 February 2008]: The information is presented in the following table for 2008 only as information for previous years is not available. Breakdowns by assessment scale can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Children achieving the national standard1 in all foundation stage profile assessments by IDACI2 deprivation of pupil residence, 20083

Children achieving a good level of development in all foundation stage profile assessments

Number

Percentage

All children4

264,621

49

5% most deprived areas

13,891

34

10% most deprived areas

26,994

35

1 A good level of development, defined as achieving six or more points in at least seven key scales and achieving 78 or more points across all scales.

2 Income Deprivation Affecting Children Indices.

3 Figures are based on unamended data.

4 Only children of known residence are included.

Source:

National Pupil Database

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children in receipt of free school meals achieved the national standard in each of the Foundation Stage Profile assessments in each year for which records are available. (257626)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: In 2008, 31 per cent. of children eligible for free school meals achieved a good level of development compared to 52 per cent. of children not eligible for free school meals. A good level of development is defined as achieving at least 78 or more points across all 13 scales of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and at least six or more points in each of the seven scales in Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication, Language and Literacy. Figures are not available for previous years.