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Written Answers — Department for Education: Department for Education: Marketing (18 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: In 2022/23, the department continued to deliver communications activity in support of ministerial priorities and the wider government communications plan across its remit of skills, schools and families. This included campaigns to support the government’s ambitious skills reform programme, maximising take up of childcare entitlements, inspiring more people to teach in schools and a new...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Veterans (17 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department recognises the valuable skills, experience and perspectives that former military personnel can bring to schools and academy trusts. The department will continue to encourage schools and academy trusts, and the organisations that support them, to look for volunteers with a broad range of backgrounds, so that pupil outcomes can benefit from the best possible governance.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Veterans (17 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department wants all children to leave school with the knowledge, skills, and values that will enable them to understand the world around them and prepare them to be active and responsible citizens in modern Britain. This could include activities focusing on the role of the armed forces and learning from the experiences of veterans. It is important for schools to have flexibility over the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Veterans (17 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: A key principle behind the government's plan for education is to give teachers and school leaders the freedom to use their professional judgement to do what works best for their pupils. As such, headteachers are ultimately responsible for employment in their schools and the department trusts them to take decisions about the right mix of qualifications, skills and experience that they expect...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Veterans (17 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Initial teacher training (ITT) providers are responsible for the management and administration of bursary payments, including assessment of eligibility. Trainees do not need to apply for a bursary and will automatically receive this from their ITT provider if eligible. The undergraduate veteran teaching bursary is paid over the final two years of the course, with £20,000 payable in each...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Organs: Donors (17 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Schools have flexibility over how they deliver the curriculum and cover important topics within it in a way that works for their context and communities. The department does not have data on how and whether schools are teaching about organ donation, but there are plenty of opportunities within the national curriculum for them to do so. The teaching of blood, tissue and organs is covered in...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Regional Schools Commissioners: Finance and Staff (16 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department has identified the costs as the workforce costs and the General Administration Expenditure for the Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) and their teams up to 2022, and for Regional Directors and their teams from 2022 onwards. RSCs were replaced in 2022 by Regional Directors with an expanded remit. The department's policy of retaining financial records for seven years limits...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Religion: Education (16 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Religious education (RE) is an important part of a school’s curriculum and can contribute to a young person’s personal, social, and academic development. When done well, it can develop children’s knowledge of British values and traditions, help them better understand those of other countries, and refine pupils’ ability to construct well-informed, balanced, and structured arguments....

Written Answers — Department for Education: Free School Meals: Disability (16 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: All schools have duties under the Equality Act 2010 towards individual disabled children and young people, and they must make reasonable adjustments to prevent them being put at a substantial disadvantage. This means that a school cannot treat a pupil unfairly as a consequence of their disability. As it relates to school food, the duty to make reasonable adjustments requires schools to tailor...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Music: Education (16 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: As part of the ongoing Music Hubs investment programme, Arts Council England informed potential bidders on 15 June 2023 that Department for Education funding from September 2024 would be made up of the revenue and capital grants only, and that there would be no additional ring-fenced top-up funding to support teacher pensions from this point on. Indicative allocations for both revenue and...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Air Pollution (16 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department takes the health, safety and wellbeing of school users very seriously. ‘Building Bulletin 101’, published by the department, provides non-statutory guidance on ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools. This is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/building-bulletin -101-ventilation-for-school-buildings. Further guidance on...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Non-teaching Staff: Minimum Wage (16 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The government has given schools the freedom to set pay and conditions for support staff according to their own circumstances. Local government employees, including school support staff, are covered by the National Joint Council terms and conditions, known as the Green Book. Most schools, including academies, use the local government pay scales in conjunction with the Green Book. The pay...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Admissions (16 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The School Admissions Code (the Code) exists to ensure that places in all state-funded schools are allocated in a fair and transparent manner. Admission authorities for all state-funded schools are required to comply with the requirements of the Code and related admissions law. The latest version of the Code came into force on 1 September 2021. The department keeps the provisions of the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Training (16 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Teachers are the foundation of the education system; there are no great schools without great teachers. The quality of teaching is the single most important in-school factor for improving pupil outcomes. This is particularly important for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The department is creating a world class teacher development system, which builds from Initial Teacher Training...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Nuisance Calls: Schools (16 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Schools in England do not have a legal requirement to report to the department threats that are received via phone calls. However, schools are expected to have policies and procedures in place to handle these situations. The procedures may include reporting threats to local authorities and the police, this depends on the nature and severity of the threat. Schools may also choose to inform the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Supply Teachers (16 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Supply teachers perform a valuable role and make an important contribution to the smooth running of schools by filling posts on a temporary basis and by covering teacher absences. The type of school a supply teacher works in determines the qualifications required. In local authority-maintained schools, maintained special schools and non-maintained special schools, anyone who teaches is...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Music: Education (16 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Music Hubs are partnerships co-ordinated by a Hub Lead Organisation (HLO) and made up of schools and academy trusts, local authorities, music and wider arts and education organisations and charities, community or youth organisations and more. Having 43 HLOs working across a wider set of music education partnerships from September 2024 should bring significant benefits to children, young...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Workplace Pensions (15 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: On 11 March 2024, the department announced an additional £1.1 billion in the 2024/25 financial year to support schools with the increased Teachers’ Pension Scheme employer contribution rate. The £1.1 billion will mean over £920 million for mainstream schools and over £135 million for high needs settings. Additional funding will also be provided to local authorities in respect of...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Free Schools: Bournemouth (15 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department received a total of 85 applications from local authorities to open a special free school in the most recent, very competitive application round, including two applications from Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole Council. The department plans to select 15 successful applications from the pool of applications. This will remain a competitive process. The approach means the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sign Language: GCSE ( 2 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department published British Sign Language GCSE subject content in December 2023, following a public consultation last summer. Exam boards are now able to develop detailed specifications, which must be reviewed and accredited by Ofqual before schools and colleges are able to teach them. As such, no schools are currently offering the GCSE. The department’s aim is that exam board...


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