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Written Answers — Department for Education: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education: Gender (22 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department does not systematically collect information on what is taught by schools. The department has made it clear in the draft Relationships, Sex and Heath Education (RSHE) guidance that schools have to ensure that parents are aware of what their children are being taught, which provides the basis for most issues to be resolved locally. The department’s draft guidance is very...

Allergy Guidance for Schools (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Rutland and Melton (Alicia Kearns) for bringing this debate to the Floor of the House. I greatly value the opportunity to hear her insights today and elsewhere on this important topic. I must first take a moment, as she did, in memory of Benedict Blythe, who died at his school in December 2021 aged just five years. I was saddened immensely to hear of...

Allergy Guidance for Schools (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend, and I acknowledge the gravity of what he says. Of course, we are talking about conditions that can be very varied, and the responses that are called for can be quite different. Schools know their pupils almost best; they, working with parents, who absolutely know their children best, are in the best place to enact that. I want to be clear that the...

Allergy Guidance for Schools (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to talk about awareness and understanding, and the role of communication in that. I will speak a little more about communication, but there is always more that we will need to do. Of course, I would also be happy to continue the conversation with her about how best we do it. The guidance makes it clear that schools should ensure that they are aware of any...

Allergy Guidance for Schools (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: I agree. As I said earlier, understanding and awareness are vital, and communication is what gives rise to them. That is why, following my hon. Friend’s lead, we issued a communication by email. I totally accept that there will be more to do, and I am more than happy to carry on that conversation with her. Overall, we feel that the existing mix of national requirements and local flexibility...

Endometriosis Education in Schools (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: May I say what a pleasure it is to see you in the Chair, Ms Vaz? I think this is the first time I have spoken under your chairship. I join others in congratulating my right hon. Friend the Member for Elmet and Rothwell (Sir Alec Shelbrooke) on securing this important debate. I also thank everybody who has taken part, including the hon. Members for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma...

Endometriosis Education in Schools (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: That was a very important and clear question from my right hon. Friend, and I will note two important things in response. First, the guidance is a framework; it is not a week-by-week series of lessons. Earlier, he read out some examples of things that were closer to lesson plans and a sequenced curriculum, which is a further level of detail. The guidance sets out a framework, and then...

Endometriosis Education in Schools (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: I did. Specifically, in key stage 3, in lower secondary school, yes, it should be part of the curriculum at that stage.

Endometriosis Education in Schools (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: To come back to my earlier point, the secondary curriculum includes more on menstrual and gynaecological health, now specifically including endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and heavy menstrual bleeding. Beyond that, I will have to ask for my right hon. Friend’s forgiveness and ask that I may write to her or that we can follow up separately. Ofsted will inspect schools on their...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Mobile Phones (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Education is a devolved matter, and the response outlines the information for England only. The use of mobile phones in schools can be a distraction for many pupils, preventing classrooms from being calm, safe and supportive environments that are conducive to teaching. The ‘Mobile phones in schools’ guidance, which was published in February 2024, supports head teachers in prohibiting the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Cybersecurity (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Educational settings in England are responsible for maintaining their IT systems and Cyber Security. The department has a small, dedicated sector cyber security team to support this activity. This team provides appropriate guidance and advice, via regular targeted and broad communications, to help schools adhere to and maintain good cyber security standards. The department provides guidance...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Pay (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Mathematics, physics, chemistry and computing secondary school teachers in the first five years of their career who work in eligible schools have been able to claim Levelling Up Premium (LUP) payments of up to £3,000 after tax since September 2022. For the 2024/25 and 2025/26 academic years, the department is doubling the LUP payments to eligible school teachers to up to £6,000 per year...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: North East (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: This government is committed to providing a world class education system for all children and has invested significantly in education to achieve that. Including the additional funding for teachers’ pay and pensions, funding for both mainstream schools and high needs nationally is £2.9 billion higher in 2024/25, compared to 2023/24. The overall core school budget will total £60.7 billion...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Department for Education: Food (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: All catering contracts for department buildings are procured by the Government Property Agency (GPA). Contractually, all suppliers appointed by GPA are required to comply with the Government Buying Standards, owned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The relevant part of the standards is local and environmentally sustainable sourcing. Wherever possible, food...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Electronic Cigarettes: Health Education (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department has included a specific reference to the dangers of e-cigarettes in the amended relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) statutory guidance, which was published for consultation on 16 May 2024. On 1 June 2023, my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, announced an intervention which will take steps to prevent children obtaining e-cigarettes illegally. The current RSHE...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education (21 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: ​​The department does not have any contracts with providers to provide education on alcohol in schools, colleges or universities, nor does the department hold information on providers of alcohol education in schools and higher education (HE) institutions. The department does not direct schools on which resources, external speakers or organisations to use, and does not endorse or promote...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Academies: Disclosure of Information (20 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Education is a devolved matter, and the response outlines the information for England only. Academies are held to a high level of accountability and transparency. Academies are required to follow the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2014 as they are independent schools. Under these regulations the proprietor of an academy must ensure that an annual written report...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Suffolk Coastal (20 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Information on the school workforce, including the number of teachers in each school, is published in the ‘School workforce in England’ statistical publication. The publication can be found here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-sta tistics/school-workforce-in-england. As at November 2022, and according to the latest data available, there were over 468,000...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Pay and Recruitment (20 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Education is a devolved matter, and the response outlines the information for England only. Teachers’ and leaders’ pay in England is set based on recommendations from the independent School Teachers’ Review Body. Last year, after following this process, the government announced the largest pay award in three decades, which shows that the department is delivering for teachers. Over the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Costs (20 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department holds data on funding levels. However, it does not hold data on the specific local authority level costs of educating primary and secondary pupils. The published dedicated schools grant (DSG) for 2024/2025 includes information on the amount of core schools funding allocated by the department nationally as well as to each local authority. The published information can be found...


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