Results 21–40 of 5882 for speaker:Damian Hinds

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Wellingborough (24 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department currently has the highest number of teachers on record. There are now over 468,000 full time equivalent teachers in state-funded schools in England, which is an increase of 27,000, or 6%, since the School Workforce Census began in 2010. Last year, the department accepted in full the School Teacher Review Body’s recommendations for the 2023/24 pay award, which is the highest...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Parents (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department values the wealth of support parents and carers can provide schools and it strongly supports schools in their engagement with them. Many parents and carers regularly engage with schools as school governors, through parents’ associations and through everyday contact. The department does not routinely monitor levels of parental engagement in schools, but it encourages all...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Parents (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department has a comprehensive strategy to support schools, trusts, and local authorities to tackle school absence, and is supporting schools to engage effectively with parents. The department’s ‘working together to improve school attendance’ guidance for schools, trusts, and local authorities, which will become statutory in autumn 2024, is clear that engaging with parents and...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Free School Meals: Wellingborough (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department publishes annual statistics on the number of pupils at state-funded schools in England who are eligible for free school meals (FSM). The most recent figures are for January 2023, available here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-sta tistics/school-pupils-and-their-characteristics/2022-23. 21.7% of pupils at state-funded primary schools and 19.0% of...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Literature: GCSE (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils appreciate the UK’s rich and varied literary heritage. It encourages pupils to read a range of books, poems and plays to encourage the development of a life-long love of literature. It is statutory that maintained schools follow the English programmes of study. These do not set out specific reading lists. However, at...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Languages: Education (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Schools are responsible for ensuring that all pupils, including those with a first language other than English, can access the full school curriculum and have the opportunity to realise their full potential in education. It is for individual schools to determine how to support those pupils with a first language other than English in developing proficiency in the English language, as they are...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Educational Visits: Wellingborough (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department recognises the significant benefits that activities outside the classroom, which may include school trips out of the country, can have for children’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as their educational and social development. The department does not collect data on how many children participate in such trips. Schools are best placed to understand and meet the needs of...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Pay (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) makes recommendations on the pay of teachers in England and reports to my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, and my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister. As part of the normal process, the STRB has now submitted its recommendations to the government on teacher pay for 2024/25. The government will publish its response in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Training (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Raising standards is at the heart of this government’s agenda and, since 2010, the number of schools rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ has risen to 90% from 68%. The Progress in International Reading Study (PIRLS) 2021 showed that English primary school children are the best in the western world and were ranked 4th out of 43 comparable countries. While the pandemic affected the study,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Secondary Education: Wellingborough (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Information on the school workforce, including the pupil to adult and pupil to teacher ratios at national, regional, local authority and individual school level, is published in the ‘School Workforce in England’ statistical publication here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-sta tistics/school-workforce-in-england. As of November 2022, which is the latest data...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Secondary Education: Wellingborough (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Information on the school workforce, including subjects taught in state-funded secondary schools, is published in the ‘School Workforce in England’ statistical publication, which is available here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-sta tistics/school-workforce-in-england. The total number of hours taught for each subject are available here:...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Veterans (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department does not forecast how many veterans will take up the undergraduate veteran teaching bursary. The bursary is paid to eligible veterans if they enrol on an eligible undergraduate initial teacher training course.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Compulsory Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) should help pupils to understand that society consists of a diverse range of people. The department is currently consulting on updated RSHE guidance, with a view to finalising it later in the year. The consultation runs until 11 July 2024 and can be found at: https://consult.education.gov.uk/rshe-team/review-of-the-rsh...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Armed Forces and Veterans: Curriculum (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The National Curriculum is a framework setting out the content that the department expects schools to cover in each subject. The curriculum does not set out how curriculum subjects, or topics within the subjects, should be taught. The department believes schools should be able to use their own knowledge and expertise to determine how they teach their pupils, and to make choices about what...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Veterans (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The £40,000 tax free undergraduate veteran teaching bursary is available to veterans who have left full time employment from the British Army, Royal Air Force, or Royal Navy and enrol on an eligible undergraduate initial teacher training (ITT) course. The bursary is paid over the final two years of the course with £20,000 payable in each year. Veterans who have a degree can undertake...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Department for Education: Disability (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department has been a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) member since 2017 and has ‘DCS Leader’ status. In line with the requirements of DCS, the department has supported staff with career progression through, for example, ‘Beyond Boundaries’, which is a cross-government, development programme and has ensured that its approach to recruitment is inclusive. The department does not...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Religion: Education (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: There are currently no plans to update the department’s non-statutory guidance on religious education (RE). The government believe that RE is an important subject, developing an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society, as well as serving to inform their own values and behaviour. To ensure that pupils have equal access...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Religion: GCSE (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The data is included in the attached spreadsheet. 26566_religious_studies_data (xlsx, 22.8KB)

Written Answers — Department for Education: Veterans: Schools (23 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Schools are best placed to decide on the development need of their staff and the leadership structure that best suits their pupils. That is why the department has given all trusts and schools the authority to make their own recruitment decisions, including for headteachers and senior leaders, using their own policies and procedures in line with Employment Law, Equality Action 2010 and Safer...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Department for Education: Motor Vehicles (22 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department does not procure vehicles for its own use. The Government Car Service (GCS) provides vehicles to a number of government departments. Due to logistical and operational reasons, the type of vehicles deployed at each department can vary on a daily or weekly basis. The GCS fleet currently has 122 vehicles, 58 or 48% of which are vehicles made in Britain.


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