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Written Answers — Department for Education: English Baccalaureate (18 December 2014)

David Laws: .../10 and 36.1%[1] in 2013/14. Information on the percentage of pupils entered for the components of the English Baccalaureate for 2009/10 and 2013/14 is published online in table 1b of the 2013/14 GCSE statistical first release at: www.gov.uk/government/statistics/provisional-gcse-and-equiva lent-results-in-england-2013-to-2014 [1] The 2014 performance measures are published on the...

Written Ministerial Statements — Education: Reformed AS and A-Level Content (18 December 2014)

Nick Gibb: ...from mathematics and further mathematics for which first teaching is deferred until September 2017. This will give mathematics students the best opportunity to benefit from the new qualifications at GCSE and A-level. The decision is informed by advice from ALCAB and Ofqual’s chief regulator. The Department has also consulted upon the content for GCSEs in art and design, dance, music,...

Academies: Special Educational Needs — Question (16 December 2014)

Baroness King of Bow: ...on the basis that they do not contribute to the, “efficient education of other pupils”? One such excluded SEN pupil was an 11 year-old boy with cerebral palsy who already had passed his maths GCSE with an A* grade and was a prefect and reading mentor at his primary school. Will the Minister take another look at academies’ admissions policies towards SEN pupils because if...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Arts: Secondary Education (16 December 2014)

Lord Nash: ... 2012 2013 % change 2010-2013 Art and Design 194,276 192,542 196,202 202,091 4% Drama 113,479 113,130 112,790 116,414 3% Music 53,471 54,866 56,204 57,205 7% Entry level, GCSE, vocational GCSE, iGCSE, national vocational qualifications (NVQ), vocationally related qualifications (VRQ), Business and Technical Education (BTEC) and OCR national qualifications are...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Outdoor Education (16 December 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the revised curricula for GCSE and GCE Geography, Science and Biology, practical fieldwork is an essential, assessed component.

Employment: Young People — Statement (10 December 2014)

Lord Nash: ...out, though, that the previous Government’s attempt to get children ready for work resulted in 4,000 vocational qualifications, almost all of which were massively overvalued through the scandal of GCSE equivalence, were not valued by employers, rendered pupils no favours at all and resulted in this country slumping down the international league tables during the first 10 years of...

Ofsted — [Dr William McCrea in the Chair] (10 December 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

David Laws: ...on all those judgments, as my hon. Friend will understand. However, I can reflect on the data and what they indicate for the school. At the time of the inspection, the proportion of students gaining five good GCSE passes, including English and mathematics at grade C or above, had been significantly below the national average for three years. It was 47% against 58% in 2011, 49% against 59%...

Malala Yousafzai — Question (10 December 2014)

Baroness Northover: I heard Malala at the Girl Summit in July, and she was superb. She had a fantastic grasp of the importance of education for women and girls. I point out that she is in her GCSE year. We need to ensure that she is not deflected too much, for her own future, from her own exams and studying.

Resettlement of Vulnerable Syrian Refugees: Preparing Young People for Work (10 December 2014)

Nicky Morgan: ...options open to them, the fact that often they may go from one career to another and the impact of the subject choices they make at school. I want young people to be advised early on, when they are making GCSE choices and before they get any further, on their subject choices and on the amazing careers that are open to them. We saw this week the publication of a report that mentions 40 jobs...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Employment: Young People (10 December 2014)

Nick Gibb: ...and opportunities they need to learn about, and experience, the workplace. Maths and English are vital, basic skills which are valuable across a range of careers. More young people now achieve a GCSE in maths and English post-16 and those that have not done so by the age of 16 are now continuing to work towards them as part of their 16-19 education. The funding of 16-19 provision has...

Secondary Education (Skelmersdale) (9 December 2014)

David Laws: ...sought to assure the Department that that is the case. As reflected by the hon. Lady’s comments, some of the difficulties experienced by Glenburn sports college over recent years are a matter of public record, including historical underperformance in GCSE attainment and a significant reduction in demand for school places from the local community, as well as being placed in special...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Financial Services: Education (8 December 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans she has to include financial education in the new GCSE Citizenship curriculum.

Written Ministerial Statements — Education: Qualifications and Curriculum Reform (2 December 2014)

Nicky Morgan: ...framework document. The new programme of study will be taught in schools alongside the new science GCSEs from September 2016. It is important to consider the new programme of study in tandem with the GCSE subject content, published in April 2014, and to ensure that the curriculum and qualifications are fully coherent. The programme of study in science at key stage 4 sets expectations that...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 November 2014)

Teresa Pearce: ...property with a mortgage. Frequent moves can have a negative impact on children’s education. Government researchers found that frequent movers are significantly less likely to obtain five A* to C GCSE grades, or be registered with a GP. Children from the poorest backgrounds are being failed. Secure homes make for secure communities and better citizens. In the end we all pay for the...

Schools: Arts Education — Motion to Take Note (27 November 2014) See 8 other results from this debate

Lord Nash: ...the arts entitlement area, which includes music, art and design, drama, dance and media arts. These are not soft subjects; they combine creativity and practical skills with academic rigour. Our reform of GCSE and A-level exams is designed to ensure that all exams are equally challenging. The noble Earl, Lord Clancarty, the noble Lord, Lord Aberdare, and others asked about the role of...

Religion and Belief: British Public Life — Motion to Take Note (27 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...moment—that I recognise the importance of education, a point raised by the noble Baroness, Lady Massey, my noble friend Lady Falkner and the noble Lord, Lord Blair. I am sure that noble Lords are aware that the Government have opened a consultation on the teaching of faith at GCSE and A-level. I encourage all noble Lords to contribute to the consultation, which I believe closes on...

Schools: Classics — Question (27 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Nash: ...Oxford University. From this September, maintained primary schools must teach a modern or ancient language to seven to 11 year-olds. In secondaries, achievement of an A to C grade in an ancient language GCSE counts towards the English baccalaureate.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupil Referral Units (26 November 2014)

Sam Gyimah: ...statistical first release[1]. Information on the number of pupils in pupil referral units at the end of key stage 4 achieving five or more GCSEs including equivalents is published in the 2012/13 GCSE statistical first release[2]. The Department for Education produces statistics on England only. The responsibility for education statistics in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales lies...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Religion: GCSE (26 November 2014)

Kevin Brennan: ...the Answer of 21 November 2014 to Question 214915, who the representatives from religious and non-religious communities were that she consulted about proposed content for the new religious studies GCSE.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Basic Skills: Young People (24 November 2014)

Nicholas Boles: ...’s employment outcomes and their general well-being. That is why English and maths are at the heart of all our major programmes, and full funding of tuition costs is available for provision up to GCSE level in English and maths for those who do not yet have those qualifications. In August 2013, we launched traineeships, which are available for 16-24 year olds. Traineeships is...

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