Results 41–60 of 11041 for speaker:David Laws

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Education: Asbestos Management in Schools (16 Mar 2015)

David Laws: On Thursday 12 March I published the Department for Education’s review of asbestos management in schools. The review was initiated following a statement by the Department of Health’s Committee on Carcinogenicity on the vulnerability of children to asbestos compared with adults in 2013. It is important for the safety and health of all staff and children in schools that asbestos is managed...

Business of the House: Education Regulations and Faith Schools (12 Mar 2015)

David Laws: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) on securing this debate and giving the House the opportunity to discuss this important issue. I also thank other hon. Members who have spoken and express my gratitude to the Labour shadow Minister for being generous with his time and for issuing a clear reprimand to his boss for his views on the contribution of nuns...

Business of the House: Education Regulations and Faith Schools (12 Mar 2015)

David Laws: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. In all the cases drawn to our attention, there are much wider issues than those that have been described. Quite often, the reasons for the schools being failed in some way by Ofsted inspectors have been not primarily about some of those concerns but about other issues. In conducting inspections, inspectors are required to uphold the highest professional...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Primary Education: Free School Meals (12 Mar 2015)

David Laws: The Department for Education has provided substantial support to help schools deliver this policy. More than £1 billion of revenue funding is being provided to schools over two years on top of almost £175 million capital funding allocated this year to support them in improving their kitchen and dining facilities. The department has also allocated £22.5 million transitional funding in...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Disclosure of Information (12 Mar 2015)

David Laws: The Department for Education does not hold data on the numbers of confidentiality agreements entered into by teachers without or following an Ofsted inspection. This information would be held by individual school employers. Settlement agreements, previously known as compromise agreements, are sometimes used when teachers leave a school. These agreements are voluntary and neither...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Disciplinary Proceedings (12 Mar 2015)

David Laws: The Department for Education does not hold data on the numbers of suspensions of headteachers, deputy headteachers and senior leaders either without or following an Ofsted inspection. This information would be held by individual school employers.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Disciplinary Proceedings (12 Mar 2015)

David Laws: The Department for Education does not hold data on the numbers of confidentiality agreements entered into by headteachers, deputy headteachers or senior leaders. This information would be held by individual school employers. Settlement agreements, previously known as compromise agreements, are sometimes used when teachers leave a school. These agreements are voluntary and neither...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Disciplinary Proceedings (12 Mar 2015)

David Laws: The Department for Education does not hold data on the numbers of suspended headteachers, deputy headteachers or senior leaders that have returned to their posts. This information would be held by individual school employers.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Written Questions: Government Responses (12 Mar 2015)

David Laws: The Department of Education has shared the detailed initial findings of the Property Data Survey with those responsible for maintaining and improving school buildings. The department has no plans to publish the detailed findings of the Property Data Survey as it is believed that doing so would prejudice the commercial interests of schools and the bodies responsible for maintaining them....

Written Answers — Department for Education: Free School Meals: Cumbria (11 Mar 2015)

David Laws: Information on the number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals is not published at borough level. Information on the number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals at local authority and regional level is published in the ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2014’ Statistical First Release.[1] Tables 8a to 8d of...

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No.3): Backbench Business — School Funding Formula (10 Mar 2015)

David Laws: We have had a short but on the whole excellent debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Worcester (Mr Walker) on his leadership of the campaign, on opening the debate, and on putting the case so powerfully and in a way that sought to unite Members across the House. I also pay tribute to the other hon. Members who spoke, who in most cases have been involved in the campaign for...

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No.3): Backbench Business — School Funding Formula (10 Mar 2015)

David Laws: That is certainly a sensible principle, and it is exactly what we have tried to do through many of our reforms. Throughout the Parliament we have introduced major reforms that have improved the fairness and simplicity of the system and laid the essential foundation stones to allow us, the two coalition parties, to introduce a full national funding formula in future. The major reforms we have...

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No.3): Backbench Business — School Funding Formula (10 Mar 2015)

David Laws: I will not, I am afraid, because of the lack of time. In the next Parliament, multi-year spending plans will allow us to give certainty to local authorities and schools about how we transition to a national funding formula. Meanwhile, no local authority or school will lose out from the introduction of minimum funding levels from 2015-16, but about four in 10 areas will gain. We have already...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Education: Ofsted: Contingency Fund Advance (10 Mar 2015)

David Laws: A budget and cash transfer of £19,400,000 to Ofsted has been agreed with the Department and HM Treasury and has been included in the 2014-15 Supplementary Estimate, for Parliamentary approval. Parliamentary approval for additional resource of £16,900,000 and additional capital of £2,500,000 for this service will be sought in a Supplementary Estimate for Ofsted. Pending that approval,...

Todmorden and Calder High Schools (9 Mar 2015)

David Laws: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Calder Valley (Craig Whittaker) on securing this important debate. I understand how important this matter is to him, and I recognise that he is and has been a strong advocate for the schools in his constituency. It clearly is not right for pupils and teachers to work in buildings in a poor condition where learning is disrupted and staff time is...

Todmorden and Calder High Schools (9 Mar 2015)

David Laws: My understanding is that, following my hon. Friend’s representations to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State, the Department looked very closely at the judgments we made on those school buildings, and we continue to believe that they were right, but I will move on to that point in a moment. I would like to make it clear at this point that I, as the Minister responsible for the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Buildings (9 Mar 2015)

David Laws: The Department for Education published the national findings of the Property Data Survey on the government website. We have shared the detailed initial findings from the survey with those responsible for maintaining and improving school buildings. The Department currently has no plans to publish the detailed information for individual schools.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Educational Institutions: Asbestos (6 Mar 2015)

David Laws: It is the responsibility of employers to compensate their employees or former employees where harm is shown to have resulted from exposure to asbestos. Employers may have to provide compensation in cases where it is shown that they have not taken measures to protect their employees from the risk of exposure to asbestos. As the employers of teaching professionals in educational establishments,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Secondary Education (6 Mar 2015)

David Laws: a) According to the January 2014 school census, a total of 162,630 pupils attended selective state-funded secondary schools. This represents 5.1% of the 3,181,360 attending state-funded secondary schools.[1] b) As of January 2014, 8.8% of pupils in each of the academic years 7, 8 and 9 attended schools outside their local authority area.[2] c) As of January 2014, 25.5% of pupils attending...

Written Answers — Department for Education: GCSE: Disadvantaged (6 Mar 2015)

David Laws: 2013/14 Key Stage 4 results by local authority using the 2013 methodology have not yet been published by the Department for Education. Information on pupils achieving 5+ A*- C GCSEs (or equivalent) grades including English and mathematics using the 2013 methodology by local authority will be released in mid-March. Information on the attainment of pupils by free school meals (FSM)...


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