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Written Answers — Department for Education: Free School Meals: Education ( 9 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department has not recently made a formal assessment of the links between free school meals and educational outcomes. Nutritious food plays an important role in the development of healthy eating habits and ensures that pupils can concentrate and learn. That is why the department spends over £1 billion annually providing free meals to the greatest ever proportion of school children. Over...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Religion: Secondary Education ( 9 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Education is a devolved matter, and the response outlines the information for England only. It is mandatory for state-funded schools to teach religious education to all pupils to age 18, subject to parents having a right to withdraw their children from all or part of the subject. However, it is not mandatory for schools to teach the religious studies GCSE or A level. The department has not...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Allergies: Primary Education ( 9 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Education is a devolved matter, and the response outlines the information for England only. Health education has been compulsory for all pupils in state-funded schools in England from September 2020, alongside relationships education for all primary pupils and relationships and sex education (RSE) for all secondary pupils. The statutory guidance sets out that pupils will be taught about the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Department for Education: LGBT+ People ( 8 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: No costs were incurred by the department connected to any events, activities, merchandise or other associated costs in relation to Pride Month 2023.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Pay ( 8 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The Levelling Up Premium (LUP) is designed to incentivise the recruitment and retention of specialist teachers in chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics. It is too early to evaluate its overall impact, but it is informed by previous pilots. An evaluation of Early Career Payments found they reduced the likelihood of teachers leaving by 37% for the £5,000 payments, and 58% for the...

Free School Meals — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] ( 7 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: It is a great pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Betts. I join colleagues in congratulating the hon. Member for Twickenham (Munira Wilson) on securing this important debate. I thank everybody who has taken part alongside her: the hon. Members for Cynon Valley (Beth Winter), for West Ham (Ms Brown), for North Ayrshire and Arran (Patricia Gibson), for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs...

Free School Meals — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] ( 7 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: When the hon. Member for Twickenham was on her feet, she claimed that the 2014 Act was entirely due to the Liberal Democrats. Of course, it was not; it was a coalition Government at the time. The hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West is partly right. There have been multiple extensions to free school meal eligibility, including the provision of free school meals to disadvantaged...

Free School Meals — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] ( 7 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: I want to give way to the right hon. Gentleman, who speaks with great authority on these matters. I am worried about the time; if he is quick, I will be quick in response.

Free School Meals — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] ( 7 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The right hon. Gentleman has been in these positions himself, so he knows that, of course, we keep that under review. However, I gently point out that it has been under the current system that this much greater proportion of children and young people are eligible for free school meals than was the case when other Governments, including one of whom he was a very distinguished member, were in...

Free School Meals — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] ( 7 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: I am going to ask the hon. Lady to forgive me, because we have less than five minutes to go, and I must reach the conclusion. Further to that, we recognise that nutrition does not cease to be an issue outside of term time, and that holiday periods can be particularly difficult for disadvantaged and low-income families. That is one reason why we continue to support the delivery of enriching...

Water Safety Education ( 7 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: It is a great pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Stringer. I congratulate the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead (John Cryer) on securing this important debate. I commend him and the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Catherine West) for their contributions and for their wider work in the all-party parliamentary group. I also welcome, as ever, the contribution from our mutual...

Water Safety Education ( 7 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The hon. Lady makes a very important point about equality of access. We are very conscious of that when we talk about safety in particular; this is about not just sporting participation, but children’s safety. It is important that we seek to present that opportunity to everybody. It is our ambition to make swimming up to a certain standard available to everybody in primary school, and that...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Absenteeism ( 7 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Legislation and the government’s ‘Working together to improve school attendance’ guidance state that a penalty notice can only be issued when the absence constitutes an offence under section 444 of the Education Act 1997. Where a pupil cannot attend due to illness, this is not an offence and so legal enforcement action cannot be taken. This position will not change when the new rules...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Further Education and Schools: Skilled Workers ( 7 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department wants all young people to leave school or college with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to progress onto higher education or skilled work. High-quality careers information, advice and guidance is key to helping all young people to make informed decisions about their future, understand the skills they need to succeed and the pathways to take them there. The department funds...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Further Education and Schools: Basic Skills ( 7 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department wants all children to leave school with the knowledge, skills and values that will prepare them to be citizens in modern Britain. There are many aspects of the curriculum that help young people develop essential life skills, including through the teaching of Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE), citizenship, mathematics and design and technology (D&T). In primary...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Standards ( 3 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Predicting GCSE results is very difficult as there are many drivers that can interact in unforeseen ways. However, as the Nuffield Foundation’s report indicates, the pandemic deprived children of the advantages of studying together within the safety and support of their schools. The pandemic created a unique challenge for teachers, staff, students and families. Minimising its impact on...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Music: Teachers ( 3 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (PGITT) recruitment represents a subset of entrants to teaching. Targets do not include all routes. For example, they do not include undergraduate courses. Each year the department also recruits teachers that return to the profession having previously left the state-funded teaching sector, as well as those that were already qualified but are new to the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: ICT and Mobile Phones ( 3 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: All schools should have a behaviour policy which is aligned with the school’s legal duties and standards relating to the welfare of children. As part of this policy, schools should develop a mobile phone policy that prohibits the use of mobile phones and other smart technology with similar functionality to mobile phones. Exemptions may be required for children with specific special...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Admissions ( 2 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The statutory duty to provide sufficient school places sits with local authorities. The department collects pupil forecasts and school capacity data from local authorities annually through the School Capacity (SCAP) survey. The most recent SCAP data shows a need for 30,000 additional primary places and 40,000 additional secondary places between May 2023 and September 2027. The department...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Further Education and Higher Education: Northumberland ( 2 May 2024)

Damian Hinds: The Ashington campus of Northumberland College is one of the 16 large scale transformational projects that are being delivered by the department in partnership with colleges, as part of the £1.5 billion Further Education Capital Transformation Programme. The 16 colleges in this phase of the programme have some of the worst condition sites in England. The new campus in Ashington is a Gen-Zero...


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