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Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Surplus Primary School Places: Westminster (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: The latest published school capacity data, from May 2017, show that the number of unfilled, or surplus, primary school places in Westminster was 2,158, 17.8% of the total number available there.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Surplus Primary School Places: Westminster (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: Eighty-six per cent. of newly opened free schools are in areas where more places are needed, and that is the case throughout the country. The other 14% are in areas where people are unhappy with the quality of provision. I should add that it is prudent for local authorities to retain some spare capacity in the system to allow for parental choice and to enable local authorities to manage...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teachers’ Pay and School Budgets (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: We are fully funding the teachers’ pay award by providing a teachers’ pay grant worth £187 million in 2018-19 and £321 million in 2019-20. This funding will be over and above the core funding that schools receive through the national funding formula.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teachers’ Pay and School Budgets (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: The pay award is being funded over and above the 1% for which schools have already budgeted. Incidentally, the 3.5% pay award for teachers on the main pay scale takes the pay range to between £29,600 and £40,300. The 2% pay rise will be funded over and above the 1%, and the 1.5% pay rise for headteachers will also be funded over and above the 1% that schools have already awarded....

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teachers’ Pay and School Budgets (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: We are spending record amounts on school funding—£42.4 billion this year—but we accept that schools are facing some cost pressures. We are helping schools with their resource management, and we are providing national buying schemes so that they can buy things such as energy and computers more cheaply. We are also introducing a free teacher vacancy scheme, which is being...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teachers’ Pay and School Budgets (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: We have managed to fund the pay award from within the Department for Education’s own budget, and we expect the Welsh Government to be able to do the same.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: STEM Subjects (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: To address the shortage of science, technology, engineering and maths skills, the Government are committed to encouraging more students into STEM education and training. We are investing an additional £406 million in skills, including in maths and digital, and this includes the advanced maths premium and an £84 million programme to improve the teaching of computing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: STEM Subjects (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Excellent projects such as the green car challenge for year 6 pupils in schools in south Shropshire help to bring science to life and they help to motivate those pupils when they start secondary school where, since 2010, the proportion taking at least two science GCSEs has risen from 63% of 16-year-olds in 2010 to 91% now.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: STEM Subjects (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right about the importance of agriculture and of studying agricultural sciences. The sciences—maths, chemistry, physics and biology—are important preparation for studying agriculture post-16.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for those comments. As she hints, we have appointed a strong sponsor for Whitehaven Academy that is already driving forward improvements, backed by substantial funding to improve teaching, resources and the school estate at that school. The overwhelming majority of academies tell a positive story of driving up standards, and the latest published accounts show...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: We have record numbers of teachers—450,000, which is 10,000 more. The number actually fell this year, but there are 450,000 teachers in our school system—10,000 more than in 2010. The average class size in secondary schools has risen only slightly since 2010 despite the fact that there are 32,000 more secondary school places, and similarly in primary schools, despite the fact that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: We take the fabric of school buildings very seriously. We undertook a survey of all school buildings in the country. We are spending £23 billion both on increasing the number of school places and improving the quality of school buildings. I am happy to meet the hon. Lady and her constituent to discuss that particular school.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2018)

Nick Gibb: The hon. Gentleman should know that since 2010, we have created 825,000 school places and are on track to have 1 million new school places. As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State said, that is the biggest school expansion programme for at least two generations. That is in sharp contrast with what happened between 2004 and 2010 under the last Labour Government, which cut 100,000 school...

Swaminarayan School Closure (18 Jul 2018)

Nick Gibb: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I congratulate the hon. Member for Ealing, Southall (Mr Sharma) on securing this important debate and on his opening comments. My hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) is, of course, right that the Government’s academies and free schools programme has enabled a number of Hindu faith schools to be...

Swaminarayan School Closure (18 Jul 2018)

Nick Gibb: We give a lot of help to groups that wish to set up free schools. The New Schools Network is the starting point of that help; once a proposal is in play, we will allocate an official in the Department to help it come forth. A number of Hindu free schools have already been established through that process, and I am happy to work with my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East and the hon....

Construction Industry Training Board HQ (17 Jul 2018)

Nick Gibb: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for North West Norfolk (Sir Henry Bellingham) on securing this debate. At the heart of our industrial strategy is having a skilled workforce that supports the continued development of our economy. The construction workforce is fundamental to that development—to building new homes,...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Nick Gibb: I start by congratulating my right hon. Friend the Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon) and the hon. Members for Colne Valley (Thelma Walker) and for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell) on securing the subject of this estimates debate. The Government are determined to create an education system that offers opportunities to everyone, at every stage of life, and an effective funding system is a...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Nick Gibb: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education has said that that is the approach we are taking to assist Catholic schools in particular. We are spending £23 billion on capital funding because of our balanced approach to managing the public finances. We have made historic reforms to the way we fund our schools, supported by an additional £1.3 billion investment, and we...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Nick Gibb: Of course I acknowledge that, but the hon. Lady also has to acknowledge that school funding is at a record level—£42.4 billion this year, rising to £43.5 billion next year. Of course I acknowledge there are costs that schools have absorbed, and I will come to the measures we have taken to help schools to deal with those rising costs, which include employers’ national...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Nick Gibb: I should point out that special educational needs funding is rising from £5 billion in 2013 to £6 billion this year. The statistics that the hon. Gentleman referred to in his speech—the exclusion figures—will be published on 19 July in the usual way, as we do every year. I wish to point out—


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