Results 1–20 of 771 for speaker:David Johnston

Written Answers — Department for Education: Alternative Education and Special Educational Needs ( 1 Mar 2024)

David Johnston: Local authorities are responsible for providing enough school places for children in their area. The department supports local authorities to provide sufficient school places through capital funding and has published over £1.5 billion of High Needs Provision Capital Allocations for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 financial years. This funding is allocated to local authorities to support them to...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Childcare: Leaflets (28 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: Childcare Choices is an ongoing campaign and costings will be published in the usual way in the department’s annual reports and accounts.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Further Education: Care Leavers (28 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: In 'Stable Homes, Built on Love', the strategy for the reform of children’s social care, the department gave a commitment to improve the education, employment and training outcomes of children in care and care leavers by 2027. This can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/650966a322a78 3001343e844/Children_s_Social_Care_Stable_Homes__Built_on_Lo...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children in Care (27 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: The ‘Care Planning, Placement and Care Review (England) Regulations 2010’ and statutory guidance outline duties on local authorities regarding out of area placements, including to notify and consult other local authorities if they place a child in care within their area. A link to the regulations is available at: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/959/contents/made. The statutory...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Mental Health Services (27 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: In December 2017, the government published a consultation to gather views on the proposals set out in its publication, ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’. The green paper is available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5a823518e5274 a2e87dc1b56/Transforming_children_and_young_people_s_mental_ health_provision.pdf. The government response...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Neurodiversity (26 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: As part of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Change Programme, the Early Language Support for Every Child (ELSEC) pilots are testing innovative workforce models. The pilots aim to improve identification and support for children with speech, language and communication needs in early years and primary schools. ELSEC is not designed to identify...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Nurseries: Special Educational Needs and Disability (23 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: The department recognises the challenges faced by the early years sector in meeting the needs of children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND). The department has already committed to working with stakeholders across the sector to understand whether changes may be required to the special educational needs inclusion fund (SENIF), and other associated elements of the wider...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Hearing Impairment (23 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: I refer my hon. Friend, the Member for Romford, to the answer of 13 February 2024 to Question 12002.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Cerebral Palsy (23 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: The department publishes figures on the number of Education, Health and Care plans at local authority and regional level here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-sta tistics/education-health-and-care-plans. The statistics are not published at the level of parliamentary constituency. The statistics do not include information about diagnosis and the department does not...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Greater London (22 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: In the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Improvement Plan, the department set out a vision for an inclusive system characterised by high-quality mainstream provision where children and young people have their needs identified early and can access prompt, evidence-based, targeted support. The department is working with local authorities to create...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Autism (22 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: The department works closely with the National Autistic Society (NAS) and is aware of the Cullum Centres and the evaluation currently being undertaken by Goldsmiths, University of London, but has made no assessments of the Centres to date. The department engages regularly with NAS and other autism stakeholders to understand the issues faced by autistic children and young people and to...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Autism: Education (22 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: I refer the hon. Member for Wigan to the answer of 12 February 2024 to Question 11638.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Autism: Education (22 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: The department is committed to ensuring that all pupils, including those with autism, can reach their potential and receive excellent support from their teachers. Consideration of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) underpins both the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Core Content Framework (CCF) and Early Career Framework (ECF). These frameworks set out for new teachers the core...

Written Answers — Department for Education: National Send and Alternative Provision Implementation Board (22 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: Since the National Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) Implementation Board was established on 6 June 2023, there have been two changes to membership. I replaced the former Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing, my right hon. Friend, Claire Coutinho. Amanda Allard, Director of the Council for Disabled Children, has also replaced her...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs (22 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: The requirement for all schools to publish special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Information Reports was introduced in the Children and Families Act 2014. This means that every school must publish details of its provision for pupils with SEND and review these details annually. The department is exploring whether the role of SEND Information Reports, and their transparency, could...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs (21 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: Each of the Change Programme Partnerships (CPP) has developed a Strategic Delivery Plan, which outlines their plan for delivery across their local areas for the duration of the Change Programme. These plans are specifically for the department to understand how the CPPs will work with each other, the department and delivery partners to deliver the Change Programme. As such, these are internal...

Written Answers — Department for Education: National SEND and Alternative Provision Implementation Board (21 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: The National Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Alternative Provision Implementation Board met on 6 June, 18 September and 12 December 2023. Information about the Board is available on GOV.UK and will continue to be updated in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Childcare (19 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: Local authorities are responsible for ensuring that the provision of childcare is sufficient to meet the requirements of parents in their area. The statutory guidance for local authorities highlights that local authorities are required to report annually to elected council members on how they are meeting their duty to secure sufficient childcare, and to make this report available and...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Autism and Disability (19 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: The department’s ambition is for all children and young people, no matter what their special educational needs and disabilities are, to receive the right support to succeed in their education and as they move into adult life. All school building projects that are delivered by the department must meet the requirements set out in the department’s school building specification. The...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Foster Care: Allowances (19 Feb 2024)

David Johnston: Every year, the Department for Education (DfE) works with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to review the allowance and consider any changes in inflation and affordability for local government. In February 2023, the DfE raised the National Minimum Allowance (NMA) for foster carers by 12.43% for the 2023/24 financial year. The DfE has also raised the NMA by 6.88% for the...


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