Results 141–160 of 558 for speaker:Claire Coutinho

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sleep: Children (15 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: The department does not have policy responsibility for this area. Therefore, it has not carried out an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a National Sleep Strategy. The government provided a written response to a petition on the creation of a sleep strategy on 23 March 2022. The response can be found here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/604509.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Primary Education: Sleep (14 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: The department has not undertaken a specific assessment of the impact of a child not having their own bed to sleep in on their educational achievement in primary school, but we have evaluated the impact of poverty on educational outcomes.​ Evidence shows that disadvantaged pupils and those with additional needs are more likely to fall behind and need extra support to reach their full...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome (14 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: Local authorities allocate extra funding to mainstream schools through their local funding formula to allow them to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), including those with Fetal Valproate Spectrum Disorder. Schools can attract further funding for those with complex needs from their local authority’s high needs budgets. For children with Fetal Valproate...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Confucius Institutes: Higher Education (12 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: Like all similar bodies, Confucius Institutes should operate transparently and with a full commitment to the department’s values of openness and freedom of expression. Universities have a responsibility to ensure that any partnership with a Confucius Institute is managed appropriately and that the right due diligence is in place. We encourage any providers with concerns to contact the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children (Protection At Work) Regulations 1998 (12 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: The department is responsible for a very small number of pieces of Retained EU Law (REUL) and is working closely with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to support the passage through Parliament of the REUL (Revocation and Reform) Bill and the associated BEIS-led programme of REUL repeal and reform. The department is in the process of analysing and assessing...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Childcare: Students (9 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: The government is not currently planning to extend 30 hours free childcare. The department recognises the value of parents continuing in education and provides a range of support for students in further or higher education to support them with childcare. Support available to students includes the Childcare Grant and Parents’ Learning Allowance. These schemes are available for full-time...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Disability and Special Educational Needs: Children and Young People (9 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: On 29 March, the department published the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) green paper, which sets out our plans to improve the experience and outcomes for children and young people with SEND and those who need AP, within a fairer and more financially sustainable system. The consultation closed on 22 July. The department is currently reviewing...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (7 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: Since the formation of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGLB), the adoption and special guardianship landscape has changed significantly. The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care called for a reset of the whole system. As we move into a different phase of reform across the whole of children’s social care, it is the right decision to close the ASGLB, which...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Educational Psychology: Labour Turnover and Pay (7 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: In November 2022, the department announced an investment of £21 million to train 400 more educational psychologists. The first cohort of trainees will start their courses in 2024, graduate and enter the workforce in 2027, continuing the supply of educational psychologists into local authorities. This is in addition to £10 million announced earlier this year, which will train over 200 more...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children in Care (7 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: The department has committed to writing a report on the government’s policy in relation to the sharing of information by safeguarding partners, including the extent to which a consistent identifier should be used for each child. This report will set out the real and perceived barriers that practitioners experience when seeking to share data between agencies caring for children in the social...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs (7 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: The department is investing £2.6 billion between 2022 and 2025 to support local authorities in delivering new school places and improving existing provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), or who require alternative provision. This represents a significant, transformational investment in new high needs provision. It will support local...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs (7 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: Following the additional funding increases announced in the Chancellor’s recent Autumn Statement, local authorities’ high needs funding will be rising to £10.1 billion in 2023/24, an increase of over 50% from the 2019/20 allocations. This extra funding will help local authorities and schools with the increasing costs of supporting children and young people with special educational needs...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Adoption and Children in Care: Mental Health Services (7 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: The department recognises the importance of securing appropriate support for children who have experienced trauma, which may include children in care, kinship care or who have been adopted. The healthcare system is available to all children, and parents and carers will be able to receive appropriate advice on how to access this, including support for trauma-related issues as appropriate....

Written Answers — Department for Education: Childcare: Tax Allowances (7 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: Data relating to government-funded early education and childcare is published in the annual Education provision: children under 5 years of age statistical release: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-sta tistics/education-provision-children-under-5. The figures requested for (a) and (b) can be found at the following link:...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Training (7 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: The government is investing up to £180 million in early years COVID-19 recovery. This is a package of training, qualifications and targeted support for the early years sector to support the learning and development of the youngest and most disadvantaged children. This includes a focus on child development, communication and language, early maths and personal, social and emotional...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs (7 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) green paper consultation closed on 22 July 2022. The department is currently reviewing the feedback received and using this, along with continued engagement with the SEND system, to inform the next stage of delivering improvements for children, young people and their families. The department is committed to...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Mental Health Services: Special Educational Needs (6 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: The department does not hold information on the number of children with a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) referral listed on their education, health and care (EHC) plan, who have been waiting more than six months for mental health support through CAMHS. The department collects data on the number of EHC plans maintained by local authorities and on the request and assessment...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Greater London (6 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: The statutory duty to provide sufficient school places, including places for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), sits with local authorities. To support local authorities in fulfilling their statutory duties, the department is investing £2.6 billion between 2022 and 2025 to help deliver new places and improve existing provision for children and young people with...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Disability and Special Educational Needs (6 Dec 2022)

Claire Coutinho: Ministers and departmental officials meet with head teachers from special schools and their representatives, on a regular basis. As a result of these discussions, the department is aware of the cost increases that special schools are facing. In July 2022, the department announced high needs funding will be increased by £1.65 billion over two years, between the 2021/22 and 2023/24 financial...


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