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1464750
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-05-23more like thismore than 2022-05-23
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Students: Cost of Living more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with devolved Administrations on providing additional support for (a) school and (b) higher education students to help meet increases in the cost of living. more like this
tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
tabling member printed
Chris Stephens more like this
uin 900176 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-05-24more like thismore than 2022-05-24
answer text <p>Education policy is devolved, and so cost of living issues for institutions is the responsibility of the devolved administrations. Ministers in the department meet regularly with their devolved counterparts and my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, is looking forward to attending the next meeting of education ministers from across the UK in Edinburgh next week.</p><p>The department secured an excellent settlement for England in the Spending Review, and so this will be reflected in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland through the Barnett Formula.</p><p>It is for devolved administrations to determine how to spend this generous settlement, but in England we have carefully budgeted for a range of policies that will help universities, schools, their staff, and families which will help to meet the challenges in the cost of living right now. This includes our very successful Holiday Activities and Food scheme, National Tutoring Programme, and of course a huge increase in core school funding that means schools are better placed to cover cost increases.</p>
answering member constituency Worcester more like this
answering member printed Mr Robin Walker more like this
grouped question UIN 900184 more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-05-24T14:27:08.74Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-24T14:27:08.74Z
answering member
4091
label Biography information for Mr Robin Walker more like this
tabling member
4463
label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1464751
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-05-23more like thismore than 2022-05-23
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Schools: Safety more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that schools are a safe environment for pupils. more like this
tabling member constituency Burton more like this
tabling member printed
Kate Griffiths more like this
uin 900177 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-05-24more like thismore than 2022-05-24
answer text <p>Education is a powerful protective factor for young people. It plays a vital role in early intervention and prevention of the worst possible outcomes for young people, including involvement in county lines and serious violence.</p><p>The department’s statutory safeguarding guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) contains extensive safeguarding advice, which all schools and colleges must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It contains advice about all forms of abuse and neglect including the indicators of these harms. KCSIE is clear that all staff should have an awareness of safeguarding issues that can put children at risk of harm.</p><p>The new statutory relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) curriculum was introduced in September 2020 with a focus on building respectful, healthy relationships, including ways of resolving conflict. Schools have the freedom to ensure the curriculum meets the need of their pupils which allows them to respond to local issues such as violence and exploitation, with high quality materials available to support teaching.</p><p>In addition to this wider work, we are investing £45 million in two new programmes, which are funding specialist support in both mainstream and alternative provision (AP) schools in the areas where serious violence is most damaging to local communities. The first of these are the Alternative Provision Specialist Taskforces, launched in November 2021, which involves specialists being drawn from across health, education, social care, youth services and youth justice to work directly with young people in AP settings.</p><p>The second programme is the SAFE (‘Support, Attend, Fulfil, Exceed’) Taskforces programme, launched earlier this year. SAFE Taskforces are being led by partnerships of local secondary schools in 10 serious violence hotspots with the aim of re-engaging young people in their education through intensive support, informed by the research on what works to prevent serious violence.</p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-05-24T14:06:49.273Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-24T14:06:49.273Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4773
label Biography information for Kate Griffiths more like this
1464752
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-05-23more like thismore than 2022-05-23
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Schools: Protection more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure schools co-operate with local safeguarding arrangements. more like this
tabling member constituency Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner more like this
tabling member printed
David Simmonds more like this
uin 900178 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-05-24more like thismore than 2022-05-24
answer text <p>Safeguarding partners are under a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of all children in a local area. All three safeguarding partners have equal and joint responsibility for local safeguarding arrangements and must set out how they will work together and with any relevant agencies. Relevant agencies must act in accordance with those arrangements.</p><p>Schools, colleges and other educational providers have a pivotal role to play in safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. The safeguarding partners should make arrangements to allow all schools (including multi academy trusts), colleges and other educational providers in the local area to be fully engaged, involved, and included in the new safeguarding arrangements. It is expected that local safeguarding partners will name schools, colleges and other educational providers as relevant agencies and will reach their own conclusions on how best locally to achieve the active engagement of individual institutions in a meaningful way. Once designated as a relevant agency, schools and colleges, and other educational providers, in the same way as other relevant agencies, are under a statutory duty to co-operate with the published arrangements.</p><p>Following the Ofsted review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges in June 2021, Ministers from the Department for Education, Home Office, and Department of Health and Social Care wrote to all 135 all safeguarding partners to request that they review their arrangements with schools, colleges, and education providers and set out their local offer to education.</p><p>We have also held a series of national events with safeguarding partners, education providers, and other government departments to understand emerging practice and barriers to effective working. These will form part of a wider programme of work to ensure that the arrangements that have been put in place are being utilised to their fullest by both safeguarding partners, and schools and colleges.</p>
answering member constituency Worcester more like this
answering member printed Mr Robin Walker more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-05-24T14:17:45.553Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-24T14:17:45.553Z
answering member
4091
label Biography information for Mr Robin Walker more like this
tabling member
4872
label Biography information for David Simmonds more like this
1464753
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-05-23more like thismore than 2022-05-23
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Children: Social Services more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure that children at risk of harm have adequate access to safe placements. more like this
tabling member constituency York Central more like this
tabling member printed
Rachael Maskell more like this
uin 900179 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-05-24more like thismore than 2022-05-24
answer text <p>Local authorities have a statutory duty to make sure that there is sufficient provision in their area to meet the needs of children in their care.</p><p>The government is supporting local authorities to meet their statutory duty through capital investment. The 2021 Spending Review announced £259 million capital funding to maintain capacity and expand provision in both secure and open children’s homes. This will provide high quality, safe homes for some of our most vulnerable children and young people.</p><p>Increasing the capacity of open and secure children’s homes will enable more vulnerable children to get the right care and support at the right time, positively impacting upon their outcomes. It will reduce the number of children placed far from home, improving their life chances and reducing costs to local authorities. It will also support local authorities to develop the provision they need locally that may not be met in the private market. In particular, children with complex needs are often placed in so-called unregulated provision</p><p>The first phase of the programme will create new places and support provision in secure children’s homes in all nine regions of England. It will be the first in several phases of capital investment up to 2025, and will also create new ‘step-down’ places to support children to move safely out of secure accommodation and back into the community when they are ready. Further details of the funding can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/transformational-investment-in-childrens-social-care-placements" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/news/transformational-investment-in-childrens-social-care-placements</a>.</p>
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-05-24T14:00:46.177Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-24T14:00:46.177Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4471
label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1464754
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-05-23more like thismore than 2022-05-23
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading T-levels: Publicity more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to promote T-Levels. more like this
tabling member constituency Vale of Glamorgan more like this
tabling member printed
Alun Cairns more like this
uin 900180 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-05-23more like thismore than 2022-05-23
answer text <p>We want as many young people as possible to benefit from T Levels, the new gold standard in technical education. In January this year we launched our ‘Get the Jump’ campaign, which helps 14-19 year olds explore their education and training options, and spotlights T Levels, Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Higher Technical Qualifications in particular. We are working closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company, Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge programme, Academy Trusts and other representative bodies to ensure that teachers and careers leaders have the information and resources they need to communicate the benefits of T Levels to their students. In addition, this August will see the first T Levels results day and there are a number of activities planned to celebrate and promote the achievements of the first cohort of T Level students, both regionally and around social media to signpost students to the dedicated T Levels website.</p><p>Our ‘Join the Skills Revolution’ campaign promotes government’s training and employment schemes, including T Levels, to employers. We are also engaging directly with employers to raise awareness of T Levels and promote industry placements, and we have established a T Level employer ambassador network so that employers can promote T Levels within their industry networks.</p><p>Both campaigns make use of a wide range of channels, including use of social media to get through to young people, parents and employers.</p>
answering member constituency Brentwood and Ongar more like this
answering member printed Alex Burghart more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-05-23T16:56:31.977Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-23T16:56:31.977Z
answering member
4613
label Biography information for Alex Burghart more like this
tabling member
4086
label Biography information for Alun Cairns more like this
1464755
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-05-23more like thismore than 2022-05-23
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Vocational Education: Qualifications more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve the recognition of vocational qualifications. more like this
tabling member constituency South East Cornwall more like this
tabling member printed
Mrs Sheryll Murray more like this
uin 900181 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-05-24more like thismore than 2022-05-24
answer text <p>Vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs) provide an important and valued route for many young people and adults. We are streamlining and improving the quality of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below. Our reforms will put employers at the heart of the system, ensuring that all qualifications are fit for purpose, high quality and lead to good outcomes. We are creating clearly defined academic and technical routes at level 3, leading to future study and or skilled employment.</p><p>As set out in our level 3 consultation response published in July 2021, students will continue to be able to study qualifications similar to current Applied General qualifications where there is no overlap with T Levels. On 11 May we published a provisional list of 160 qualifications that overlap with the first two waves of T Levels. These qualifications will have funding approval withdrawn for anyone eligible to access the qualification through the 16-19 funding offer on 1 August 2024, unless awarding organisations successfully appeal their qualifications’ inclusion. The final list will be published in September 2022.</p>
answering member constituency Brentwood and Ongar more like this
answering member printed Alex Burghart more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-05-24T14:11:12.057Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-24T14:11:12.057Z
answering member
4613
label Biography information for Alex Burghart more like this
tabling member
4100
label Biography information for Mrs Sheryll Murray more like this
1464756
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-05-23more like thismore than 2022-05-23
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Students: Cost of Living more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with devolved Administrations on providing additional support for (a) school and (b) higher education students in the context of the increases in the cost of living. more like this
tabling member constituency East Renfrewshire more like this
tabling member printed
Kirsten Oswald more like this
uin 900184 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-05-24more like thismore than 2022-05-24
answer text <p>Education policy is devolved, and so cost of living issues for institutions is the responsibility of the devolved administrations. Ministers in the department meet regularly with their devolved counterparts and my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, is looking forward to attending the next meeting of education ministers from across the UK in Edinburgh next week.</p><p>The department secured an excellent settlement for England in the Spending Review, and so this will be reflected in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland through the Barnett Formula.</p><p>It is for devolved administrations to determine how to spend this generous settlement, but in England we have carefully budgeted for a range of policies that will help universities, schools, their staff, and families which will help to meet the challenges in the cost of living right now. This includes our very successful Holiday Activities and Food scheme, National Tutoring Programme, and of course a huge increase in core school funding that means schools are better placed to cover cost increases.</p>
answering member constituency Worcester more like this
answering member printed Mr Robin Walker more like this
grouped question UIN 900176 more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-05-24T14:27:08.787Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-24T14:27:08.787Z
answering member
4091
label Biography information for Mr Robin Walker more like this
tabling member
4413
label Biography information for Kirsten Oswald more like this
1464976
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-05-23more like thismore than 2022-05-23
answering body
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept id 201 more like this
answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
hansard heading Insolvency Service: Closures more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of facilitating (a) public consultation and (b) parliamentary scrutiny prior to closing (i) Plymouth and (ii) other Insolvency Service offices; and whether he has made an assessment of the practicalities of requiring staff to relocate in the context of subsequent long commuting times. more like this
tabling member constituency Plymouth, Moor View more like this
tabling member printed
Johnny Mercer more like this
uin 6826 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-05-25more like thismore than 2022-05-25
answer text <p>There has been engagement with a number of stakeholders to date and this will continue as the Insolvency Service transitions from 21 offices to 11 regional centres over the next three years.</p><p> </p><p>Individual office business cases and impact assessments will be monitored as the project progresses. The Insolvency Service is in discussion with affected employees on a range of options, including flexible working and help with increased travel costs, to support a move to their nearest regional centre location</p> more like this
answering member constituency Sutton and Cheam more like this
answering member printed Paul Scully more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-05-25T15:09:52.21Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-25T15:09:52.21Z
answering member
4414
label Biography information for Paul Scully more like this
tabling member
4485
label Biography information for Johnny Mercer more like this
1465020
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-05-23more like thismore than 2022-05-23
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Joseph Zen more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will take diplomatic steps to help secure the release of Cardinal Joseph Zen from prison in Hong Kong. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 6721 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-05-25more like thismore than 2022-05-25
answer text <p>The Hong Kong authorities' decision to target leading pro-democracy figures including Cardinal Zen, Margaret Ng, Hui-Po-Keung and Denise Ho under the National Security Law is unacceptable. All four have since been released on police bail; we continue to follow their cases closely.</p><p>Freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest, which are protected in both the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law, are fundamental to Hong Kong's way of life.</p><p>We continue to make clear to mainland Chinese and Hong Kong authorities our strong opposition to the National Security Law, which is being used to curtail freedoms, punish dissent and shrink the space for opposition, free press and civil society.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Cannock Chase more like this
answering member printed Amanda Milling more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-05-25T16:22:21.29Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-25T16:22:21.29Z
answering member
4454
label Biography information for Amanda Milling more like this
tabling member
1447
label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1465021
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2022-05-23more like thismore than 2022-05-23
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Jimmy Lai more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps she has taken to help ensure UK consulate and embassy personnel are able to visit Jimmy Lai in prison in Hong Kong. more like this
tabling member constituency Romford more like this
tabling member printed
Andrew Rosindell more like this
uin 6722 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2022-05-25more like thismore than 2022-05-25
answer text <p>We remain concerned about the targeting of pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong, and are following these cases carefully. For data protection reasons I cannot share information about a person without their permission.</p><p>We continue to make clear to mainland Chinese and Hong Kong authorities our strong opposition to the National Security Law, which is being used to curtail freedoms, punish dissent and shrink the space for opposition, free press and civil society.</p><p>As a co-signatory to the Joint Declaration, we will continue to stand up for the people of Hong Kong, to call out the violation of their rights and freedoms, and to hold China to their international obligations.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Cannock Chase more like this
answering member printed Amanda Milling more like this
question first answered
less than 2022-05-25T16:07:27.9Zmore like thismore than 2022-05-25T16:07:27.9Z
answering member
4454
label Biography information for Amanda Milling more like this
tabling member
1447
label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this