Results 1–20 of 7332 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nick Gibb

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (12 Oct 2017)

Nick Gibb: We are determined to increase the number of high-quality graduates coming into teaching, whether they are male or female. We have a series of generous tax-free bursaries of up to £28,000 to encourage the best graduates to come into teaching. We have a very strong economy, so we are competing with industry and commerce for those graduates, but we are doing everything we can to get more...

Education Funding (South Liverpool) (10 Oct 2017)

Nick Gibb: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship once again, Sir Edward. I congratulate the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle) on securing this important debate. As she said, we recently met to discuss in detail the funding position of schools in her constituency, and I welcome this opportunity to continue that discussion. Debating this issue is welcome at a time when the...

Education Funding (South Liverpool) (10 Oct 2017)

Nick Gibb: Under the recent adjustments, according to the national funding formula, all schools will gain funding: no school will lose money or face a cut in funding, despite what has been claimed by the National Education Union, and despite what hon. Members have said during the debate. In fact, funding for schools across Knowsley will increase on average by 7.1%. I did not hear the right hon....

Education Funding (South Liverpool) (10 Oct 2017)

Nick Gibb: I will not give way because there is a very short amount of time left, but I will come to the hon. Lady’s comments shortly. It cannot be right that local authorities with similar needs and characteristics receive very different levels of funding from central Government. Across the country, schools teaching children with the same needs get markedly different amounts of money for no good...

Education Funding (South Liverpool) (10 Oct 2017)

Nick Gibb: I will not give way, because we are very short of time now. As I said, across the hon. Member for Garston and Halewood’s constituency there will be a £3 million increase in funding. The hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Stephen Twigg) talked about cuts to funding in his schools. Croxteth Community Primary School will gain a 0.9% increase; Monksdown Primary, a 0.9% increase;...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: The Minister.

Petition - Warwick Road, Carlisle: School Funding: North Northumberland (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mrs Trevelyan) on securing this important debate. I know she cares passionately about education in general and the schools in her constituency in particular, so it is a pleasure to be discussing these issues with her this morning—as I realise it now is. This Government want to ensure that all children, regardless of where...

Petition - Warwick Road, Carlisle: School Funding: North Northumberland (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: I am sure we can learn from the other constituent parts of the United Kingdom, as we learn from other countries around the world, on school transport and on how the funding system works, and on the curriculum and other issues. In our new national funding formula, we include an important element of sparsity as a key component. That will be reflected in the way that the schools in Berwick and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Reception: Starting Age (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: We remain concerned that some summer-born children, particularly those born prematurely, are missing the reception year when the essential teaching of early reading and arithmetic takes place. However, it is important for us not to cause any unintended consequences elsewhere in the system, and we are therefore giving careful consideration to how we might make any changes. Further information...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Reception: Starting Age (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: My hon. Friend has been a champion of summer-born and prematurely born children, and I pay tribute to him for that. He and I share the view that when the parents of such children exercise their right to delay their entry to school until they turn five, the children should be able to start school in reception if that is in their best interests. However, the issue is complex, and it is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Reception: Starting Age (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: I wrote an open letter to all local authorities about the issue, urging them to take the wishes of parents very seriously, to act in the best interests of children when considering which age group they should start with, and to enable them to start school outside their own age group if their parents have elected not to allow them to start in the year in which they turn five. I believe that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Reception: Starting Age (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: We take the issue of social mobility very seriously. The attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children has narrowed by 7% in key stage 4 and by 9.3% in key stage 2, in primary schools. However, we continue to work hard to ensure, and believe passionately in ensuring, that all children, regardless of background and regardless of where they live, are able to fulfil their...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Shortages (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: There are more teachers in England’s schools than ever before. The vacancy rate remains low at 0.3% of all teachers and secondary post-graduate recruitment is at its highest level since 2011. However, we recognise that some schools face challenges, which is why we continue to invest in teacher recruitment—more than £1.3 billion up to 2020. In addition, our work in the 12...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Shortages (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: We rely on the expertise of the School Teachers Review Body. It reported in July and we responded to that review. It has recommended increasing the pay bands in the main pay range by 2%, and by 1% for the remaining pay bands. Pay is of course important, but it is not the only factor that drives teachers in or out of the profession. Others include workload and pupil behaviour, and we also take...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Shortages (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: We have generous tax-free bursaries, which we use imaginatively, and we reflect the challenges of recruiting the best graduates into teaching. Bursaries of up to £25,000 are available for graduates in those priority subjects.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Shortages (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: We rely on the expertise of the School Teachers Review Body and the extensive and thorough review carried out by it. It has made recommendations, which we have accepted, that the main pay bands should increase by 2%—the minimum and maximum—and that the bands for more senior teachers should increase by 1%. There are 15,500 more teachers today than when Labour left office in 2010....

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teaching Assistants: Recruitment and Retention (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: Responsibility for the recruitment and retention of teaching assistants rests at the local level with headteachers and school employers, who are best placed to use their professional judgment to recruit and retain teaching assistants to best meet the needs of their schools and pupils.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teaching Assistants: Recruitment and Retention (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: We do value teachers and teaching assistants. They do a good job of phenomenally challenging work in our schools, which is why we have 1.5 million more pupils in good or outstanding schools today than we did in 2010. The hon. Gentleman is wrong about the number of teaching assistants, which has been increasing year on year. Today, there are 265,600 full-time equivalent teaching assistants in...


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