A-level Achievement

Education – in the House of Commons on 6th September 2021.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

What steps his Department is taking to tackle disparities in achievement at A-level between the north and south of England.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

We are focused on levelling up opportunity for young people. A-level provision will benefit from recent increases in 16 to 19 funding of almost 10% per student in the 2020-21 allocation. Furthermore, our Opportunity North East and opportunity areas programmes are investing in improving outcomes for young people in many parts of the north.

Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

I thank my right hon. Friend for his response. A number of schools in my constituency are concerned about the increased number of parents electing to home-school their children. Can I ask my right hon. Friend how he intends to encourage those children back into the classroom, and what resources will be available to close the gap at A-level attainment between the north and south?

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Many parents who educate their children at home do so extremely well, but in some cases children are not provided with a suitable education and we have provided support to help local authorities’ engagement with parents who have recently decided to home-educate. We also remain committed to a registration system for children not in school.