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Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Post-16 Education: Social Mobility (25 Jun 2018)

Anne Milton: We published a plan last year for improving social mobility through education, which set out the actions we are taking to increase social mobility. A crucial part of that is a career strategy, which I launched last year. Legislation came into force this year, including a requirement to allow further education technical and apprenticeship providers to have the opportunity to talk to young...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Post-16 Education: Social Mobility (25 Jun 2018)

Anne Milton: This is absolutely crucial. Obviously, someone who cannot speak English will be at a disadvantage. We have done a great deal more to improve the roll-out of ESOL. On the work we are doing in primary schools, the proportion of six-year-olds meeting expected standards in the phonics screening check has risen dramatically.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2018)

Anne Milton: We need to make sure that nursing apprenticeships and apprenticeships for nursing assistants work well. There are complex problems in the NHS, not least in providing 40% off-the-job training and the fact that those apprentices are supernumerary. I am working very closely with Ministers in the Department of Health and Social Care to make sure that we make this work. I was, in effect, a nursing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2018)

Anne Milton: Sixteen proposals for institutes of technology will go through to stage 2, which we will launch in July. IOTs are a collaboration between higher education and further education, with a focus on levels 4 and 5; traditionally, this has been rather neglected in this country but it is so crucial for building the skills base. They will also extend to levels 6 and 7. There will be a £170...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2018)

Anne Milton: My hon. Friend has given a great advert for T-levels. Contrary to what the shadow Minister said, T-levels have been viewed as a huge success, as shown by the broad support at the conference of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers this morning. They are a fantastic opportunity for our young people.

Petition - Menc Vaccine: Sound Reading System and Literacy (14 Jun 2018)

Anne Milton: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this debate. English—literacy, in particular—is an essential foundation for success in education. I am very happy to lend my ear to this critical subject. The hon. Lady rightly pointed out that the literacy rates in this country are not as good as they should be. I think that slightly less than 25% of adults have the literacy skills of an...

Petition - Menc Vaccine: Sound Reading System and Literacy (14 Jun 2018)

Anne Milton: There are a number of imaginative ways of promoting the success of not-for-profit systems, and in holding this debate the hon. Lady has taken one of the first steps. There are 650 Members in the House, and as I always say when talking about apprenticeships and skills, those 650 people can spread good practice and good work. Members of Parliament have good access to their local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth-Form Colleges: Funding (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: We have protected the 16-to-19 funding base rate until 2020 to make sure that every young person can access an excellent education. There are also the 16-to-19 bursary funds, which can be used to help disadvantaged students meet the costs of participation, including transport costs, and of course there will be an extra £600 for every additional student taking level 3 maths.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth-Form Colleges: Funding (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: I know that the hon. Lady met my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, and that the Department for Education is working closely with Durham. The Secretary of State will keep closely in touch with her, because I appreciate that her concern is about the learners in her constituency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth-Form Colleges: Funding (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: I thank my right hon. Friend for his question. Indeed, I was at school on that campus. [Hon. Members: “Ah!”] It was a grammar school then. The Department for Education is working very closely with others on the matter, and I have to say that not only my right hon. Friend’s input but that of the district council has been brilliant. I would dearly love to see an innovative and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth-Form Colleges: Funding (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: I look forward to visiting the hon. Gentleman’s constituency at the earliest opportunity. I am spread rather thinly, and there are many colleges for me to get round. [Interruption.] I missed a football match yesterday.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth-Form Colleges: Funding (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: Well, Mr Speaker, I know quite a lot about sixth-form colleges and FE colleges, although I am due a visit to the hon. Gentleman’s, and a great deal less about football, so I will not be drawn into making a comment. The hon. Gentleman makes a good point: having sixth-form colleges, further education colleges, independent training providers and higher education institutes all working...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth-Form Colleges: Funding (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: We are looking at the resilience of the FE sector across the board to ensure that it is as efficient and effective as possible. Learners are at the heart of all that, as we want to ensure that young people have all the opportunities possible. Sixth-form colleges do a brilliant job, and I am looking forward to visiting Godalming College on Friday.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth-Form Colleges: Funding (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: The hon. Gentleman is a doughty campaigner in this area; we have had many debates across the Chamber on the issue. There is a post-18 review under way, and we are looking at the resilience of the FE sector. What matters is that we ensure that every learner, whichever route they choose to take—further education or training through an apprenticeship—has the best possible training...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth-Form Colleges: Funding (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: Once again I will not be drawn on football, I am afraid. As I pointed out to the hon. Member for Scunthorpe (Nic Dakin), there is a post-18 review going on, and we are looking at the resilience of the FE sector, which includes sixth-form colleges. Opposition Members are banging their knees, but I am very aware of the funding pressures. I praise all those teaching in the sector, as they are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Basic Skills (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: We fully fund maths and English provision for adults and will do the same for digital from 2020. A record number of 19-year-olds now hold a level 2 qualification in English and maths. We perform to above the OECD average for literacy, at 14 out 34, but we perform below the OECD average for numeracy, at 20 out of 30, and we have to change that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Basic Skills (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: The new primary maths curriculum that came into effect in 2014 focuses on ensuring that children are fluent in basic arithmetic, including their times tables. The objective is for every child to leave primary school ready for the demands of secondary school. These reforms are already starting to yield results. Anecdotal evidence shows that fewer children are without these basic skills going...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Basic Skills (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: Funding matters, absolutely—I am not disputing that; but this is also about the innovative ways in which people—

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Basic Skills (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: The hon. Lady raises her eyes to the heavens, but this does make a difference. I have seen some extraordinary examples of adult education providers working with local primary schools to make sure that people who need English language skills get the support they need.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Basic Skills (14 May 2018)

Anne Milton: I will have to write to my right hon. Friend about that. It is an area that falls between my portfolio and that of the School Standards Minister.


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