Results 61–80 of 5882 for speaker:Damian Hinds

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

Damian Hinds: Section 251 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 requires local authorities to submit information about their education expenditure to the department. They must include information about their expenditure on home-to-school travel for children with special educational needs (SEN), but they are not required to specify whether each child has an Education Health and Care...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Private Educaction: Pupils (20 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department publishes annual statistics on the number of pupils at schools in England according to the kind of school they attend. The most recent figures are for January 2023 and are available here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-sta tistics/school-pupils-and-their-characteristics/2022-23. The department does not collect year group data for independent school...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Rochdale (17 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. Overall school funding, including the recently announced additional pensions funding, is rising to £60.7 billion in 2024/25, which is the highest ever level in real terms per pupil. This means that real terms funding for schools in England has...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Finance (17 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 is £2.9 billion higher in 2024/25 than in 2023/24. The overall core school budget will total £60.7 billion in 2024/25, which...

Written Answers — Department for Education: School Meals: Processed Food (16 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: There is no universally agreed definition of ultra-processed foods. The term defines foods by how much processing they have been through rather than their nutritional composition. The standards for school food are set out in The Requirements for School Food Regulations 2014. These regulations are designed to ensure that schools provide pupils with healthy food and drink options and to make...

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

Damian Hinds: The department has extended free school meal (FSM) support several times and to more groups of children than any other government over the past half a century. As a result, the greatest ever proportion of children are now receiving free lunches. Over one third of children are now eligible for FSM, compared to one in six in 2010. However, a threshold must be set somewhere. The department...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Labour Turnover and Recruitment (15 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: England currently has the highest number of teachers on record. At the last count there were over 468,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers in state-funded schools in England, which is an increase of 27,000 (6%) since the School Workforce Census began in 2010. To make sure the department’s teacher recruitment and retention efforts are focussed on where they are needed most and providing...

Written Answers — Department for Education: School Libraries: Primary Education (15 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department believes that all pupils deserve to be taught a knowledge-rich curriculum that promotes the extensive reading of books and other texts, both in and out of school. School libraries complement public libraries in allowing pupils to do this. It is for individual schools to decide how best to provide and maintain a library service for their pupils, including whether to employ a...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Coastal Areas (15 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department currently has the highest number of teachers on record, with over 468,000 full-time equivalent teachers in state-funded schools in England. This represents an increase of 27,000 (6%) since the School Workforce Census began in 2010. The department knows there is further to go to improve recruitment in some subjects. That is why the department has put in place a range of...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Standards (14 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Education is a devolved matter, and the response outlines the information for England only. The department has not made any recent assessment of this requirement. The requirements on academies in relation to reporting on pupils’ progress to parents are set out in paragraph 32(1)(f) of the Schedule to The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 These regulations can be...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Coventry (14 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Raising attainment for all pupils, especially disadvantaged pupils, is at the heart of this government’s agenda. Evidence shows that pupils with additional needs are more likely to fall behind and need extra support to reach their full potential. The department has consistently taken a range of steps to give priority support and deliver programmes that help disadvantaged pupils, including...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Sexual Harassment (14 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department has previously committed to non-statutory guidance on sexual harassment, sexual violence and violence against women and girls. This is pending whilst the department carries out the review of the Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) statutory guidance, and the department will be considering how best to support teachers in this area. A draft of the amended RSHE...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Department for Education: ICT (14 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO), in the Cabinet Office, has established a programme to support departments managing legacy IT. CDDO has agreed a framework to identify ‘red-rated’ systems, indicating high levels of risk surrounding certain assets within the IT estate. Departments have committed to have remediation plans in place for these systems by next year (2025). It is not...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Portsmouth (14 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: This government is committed to raising standards in literacy and numeracy, the foundations for children’s success in education and beyond. The department has delivered a range of measures to improve the teaching of English. The department has published a Reading Framework, providing guidance on the teaching of reading in primary schools, launched the National Professional Qualification...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Faith Schools: Admissions (14 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: My Rt. Hon. friend, the Secretary of State for Education, announced on 1 May 2024 that the department are consulting on faith designation reforms for new and existing free schools and special academies. This is available on Hansard at: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statement s/detail/2024-05-01/hcws437. ​​The consultation will run for seven weeks, closing on 20 June...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Travellers (14 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: A world-class education system that works for everyone is the surest way to ensure that all children and young people can reach their potential. The department has high expectations for all pupils. The department does not design education policy to target certain groups of pupils based on ethnicity, but instead is focused on improving outcomes for all children. For all children to reach their...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Academies (13 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: High quality academy trusts have been a key vehicle in improving educational standards. They have facilitated better collaboration, directed resources to where they are needed most, and enabled the best leaders to support a greater number of schools. As of 1 April, over 50% of all state-funded schools are academies. As of December 2023, 90% of schools were rated ‘good’ or...

Written Answers — Department for Education: National Tutoring Programme: Finance (13 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: ​The department has invested over £1 billion in the National Tutoring Programme (NTP), which runs from the 2020/21 academic year to the 2023/24 academic year. The NTP is a time limited, four-year programme to support pupils to catch up following the Covid-19 pandemic. The department remains committed to the objective that tutoring should be embedded across schools in England, following the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Free School Meals (13 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department has extended free school meal (FSM) support several times and to more groups of children than any other government over the past half a century. As a result, the greatest ever proportion of children are now receiving free lunches. Over one third of children are now eligible for FSM, compared to one in six in 2010. However, a threshold must be set somewhere. The department...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Mathematics: GCSE (13 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: This government recognises the importance of numeracy skills for adults, both in work and everyday life. That is why the department is continuing to support participation in mathematics provision, including retaking GCSEs, for all 16 to 19 year olds and adults who need it. The department introduced the mathematics and English Condition of Funding in 2014 which ensures all 16 to 19 year olds...


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