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Statutory PHSE Education — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Nick Gibb: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I congratulate the hon. Member for Erith and Thamesmead (Teresa Pearce) on securing this debate and on her powerful speech. The teaching of high-quality personal, social, health and economic education is a very important issue, and I welcome the opportunity to set out the Government’s position on it. We believe that the...

Statutory PHSE Education — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Nick Gibb: I will not give way to the hon. Lady, if she does not mind; I want to cover other people’s contributions. We also encourage teachers to draw upon high-quality resources in the classroom, including guidance on first aid and emergencies from the British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation. The British Heart Foundation provides free teaching kits to secondary...

Statutory PHSE Education — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Nick Gibb: I will not give way to the hon. Lady; I have literally one minute left. The Department is also engaging with subject experts, voluntary organisations and other interested parties, including other Departments and public sector bodies. There are too many to list, but examples include the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Barnardo’s, the PSHE Association, the Sex...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Literacy and Numeracy (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: In 2013, we published a new primary school curriculum that significantly raised expectations in both English and maths, and promoted the use of phonics in the teaching of reading. In 2012, we introduced the phonics check for six-year-olds. The results of the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study—PIRLS—showed nine-year-olds in England achieving the highest ever...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Literacy and Numeracy (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: The PIRLS survey links strong performance in the phonics check with high scores in the PIRLS text . Particularly pleasing is the fact that our rise in the global rankings has been driven by improved performance by low-ability pupils. We are now focusing on strengthening the maths, reading and writing elements of the early years foundation stage to help prepare children for year 1 of primary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Literacy and Numeracy (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: I thank my hon. Friend for making sure her children learn their phonics, and she is right to emphasise the importance of children knowing their times tables by heart, up to 12 times 12 by the end of year 4 at the latest. That is why we are introducing an on-screen multiplication tables check for all pupils at the end of year 4 of primary school. The prize is to have all pupils leaving primary...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Literacy and Numeracy (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: We have made it clear that attendance at school is vital. We changed the definition of “persistent absence” from 15% to 10%, and we have increased the fines that would be applied to parents who do not send their children to school regularly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Literacy and Numeracy (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: I congratulate all the teachers and pupils in Harrow on their receiving that accolade from the Education Policy Institute. We are spending record amounts on school funding—some £41 billion this year. No Government have spent that level of funding on schools in our history. That will rise further to £42.4 billion next year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Literacy and Numeracy (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: My hon. Friend the Member for Rugby (Mark Pawsey) raises an important point. The standards of achievement in the alternative provision sector are not high enough. The children who attend those schools are vulnerable and we want to do more to improve the situation, which is why we have recently commissioned new research into the relationship between schools and alternative provision to find...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Literacy and Numeracy (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: I share the hon. Lady’s ambition. We want all schools to be good or outstanding and we want parents to be confident that their local school is a good school that will provide a very high standard of education. I am pleased that there are now 1.9 million more pupils in good or outstanding schools than there were in 2010. I would be delighted to meet the hon. Lady to discuss the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Literacy and Numeracy (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: I am delighted to congratulate Greenfields Primary School in my hon. Friend’s constituency. I am almost certain that I have very recently signed a letter to its headteacher to congratulate them on the superb achievement at the school.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Literacy and Numeracy (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: The hon. Gentleman is not correct. The attainment-gap index at key stage 2 has closed by 10.5%. We have seen a significant increase in the proportion of children who achieve the expected standard in reading, writing and maths: it rose from 53% last year to 61% this year—an increase of 8 percentage points—and the SATs are significantly more demanding than they were in previous...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: LGBT Awareness (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: Schools can teach about LGBT issues within the curriculum and they must comply with the Equality Act 2010. We have established a £3 million programme to prevent and address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, and we are making relationships education and relationships and sex education compulsory and engaging thoroughly with stakeholders to inform the design and content of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: LGBT Awareness (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: I can give the hon. Gentleman that assurance. We are clear that the new subjects should ensure that young people learn that there are different types of relationships. Schools should ensure therefore that RSE is inclusive and meets the needs of all young people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: LGBT Awareness (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: These are the issues on which we are engaging with subject experts at the moment. We have issued a wide call for evidence from parents, pupils, teachers and young people, and we will assess that call for evidence before we issue further guidance on the matter. There will be a full debate on the regulations in this House when we draft those regulations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Ofsted Inspections (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: Schools have always been subject to inspection by Her Majesty’s inspectors and, from 1992, by Ofsted. Since 2010, we have simplified inspection, reducing graded judgments from 27 to just four. We have freed our best schools from routine inspection and introduced lighter-touch inspections for good schools.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Ofsted Inspections (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: The workload challenge identified a range of drivers of high workload, including accountability and perceived pressures from Ofsted. We took steps to address that in our 2017 action plan, including through Ofsted’s commitment to reducing unnecessary workload around inspections, by dispelling myths about inspection and by training inspectors and monitoring inspection reports. The winter...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Ofsted Inspections (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: As the hon. Gentleman will know, we are working on introducing a free website to enable schools to recruit teachers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: I will look into the precise issue the hon. Gentleman raises, but let me point out that we are spending record sums of money on education for ages five to 16 and beyond— £41 billion on school funding this year, rising to £42.4 billion next year and £43.5 billion the year after. We can provide those sums only if we have a strong economy providing the tax revenues to fund...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (29 Jan 2018)

Nick Gibb: No school will see a cut in funding in 2018-19 or 2019-20. Every single school in the country will see an increase in funding of at least half a per cent., and schools that have been historically underfunded in previous Labour Governments will see very significant rises in their school funding.


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