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Written Answers — Department for Education: Artificial Intelligence: Training (24 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department is committed to creating a world-leading skills system which is employer-focused, high-quality and fit for the future. The department will continue its work to ensure that the education system is able to adapt to deliver upskilling and to provide the skills that learners need for the workplaces of the future, including jobs that will be impacted by, or require the use of,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Training (24 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Postgraduate initial teacher training is only one of many routes into the teacher workforce, all of which are considered when calculating targets. Other routes include Undergraduate higher education institution (HEI) courses, Assessment Only (AO), the upcoming teacher degree apprenticeship, returners, new to the state-funded sector entrants and newly qualified entrants that defer entry into...

Written Answers — Department for Education: School Meals (24 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department provides a range of support designed to ensure that children in schools are provided with healthy and nutritious meals throughout the school day. The department is investing up to £35 million in the National School Breakfast Programme until the end of July 2025. This funding is supporting up to 2,700 schools in disadvantaged areas, meaning that thousands of children from...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Polling Stations (24 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department has not made an assessment of the potential impact of closing schools so they can be used as polling stations. Local returning officers have the power to require a school to act as a polling venue and may choose to do so where no suitable alternative accommodation is available. Whether or not the school then has to close is a decision for the headteacher. Before making a...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Secondary Education: Teachers (24 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Education is a devolved matter, and the response outlines the information for England only. There is currently 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 (6%) since the School Workforce Census began in 2010. The most recent School Workforce Census shows that almost 9 in...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Finance (23 Apr 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, compared to 2023/24. The overall core school budget will total £60.7 billion in...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Child Arrangements Orders and Special Guardianship Orders (23 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Data on pupils who have ceased to be looked after and are subject to a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) or Child Arrangements Order (CAO) by age, ethnicity and local authority in England in the 2022/23 academic year is attached. The information is taken from the school census, where children are reported as having previously left care due to adoption, a SGO or a CAO only if their parents or...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Central Bedfordshire (22 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Officials from the East of England Regions Group have a weekly schedule of meetings with Central Bedfordshire officials, where a member of its Schools for the Future Programme responsible for the transition from a three to two tier school system is available to provide updates on the programme. In addition, on 23 February 2024, the department held a specific meeting where Central Bedfordshire...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Workplace Pensions (22 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: As part of the competition of the Music Hubs programme, Arts Council England informed potential bidders on 15 June 2023 that department funding would be made up of the revenue and capital grants only, and that there would not be additional funding to contribute to the cost of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) for Music Hub lead organisations that are not local authorities from September...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Department for Education: ICT (22 Apr 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: Asbestos and Concrete (22 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Well maintained, safe school buildings are a priority for the department to support a high-quality education for all children. Responsibility for keeping buildings safe and well maintained lies with schools and their responsible bodies, such as local authorities, academy trusts and voluntary-aided (VA) bodies. The department supports responsible bodies by providing capital funding, delivering...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Academies (22 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The circumstances in which the department can remove a school from an academy trust without the agreement of the trust are set out in published guidance, which is titled ‘Schools causing concern’. In summary, the department can remove a school in circumstances where my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education’s, powers are triggered to terminate its funding agreement....

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: South Holland and the Deepings (22 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: There are two schools selected for the School Rebuilding Programme (SRP) in South Holland and The Deepings constituency. These are University Academy Long Sutton and Tulip Academy. The SRP is a centrally delivered programme. Therefore, no funding is allocated or distributed directly to schools. Once contracts are awarded for building works, they are published on the Contracts Finder within...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Department for Education: Labour Turnover (22 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The attached table sets out the number of civil servants who left the department (including its executive agencies, but excluding non-departmental public bodies) in each financial year ending 31 March from 2015 onwards. The figures provided are inclusive of those leaving the department to other government departments. The Cabinet Office has recently launched the new Civil Service People Plan...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Ofsted (22 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: This is a matter for His Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Martyn Oliver. I have asked him to write to my hon. Friend, the Member for Shipley, directly and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Martial Arts: GCE A-level and GCSE (22 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: In 2018, the government conducted a public consultation to invite proposals to add activities to the published GCSE, AS and A level PE activity lists. To be included on the list, activities needed to meet the five criteria set out in the consultation and had to be sports recognised at the time by Sport England. Martial arts, such as judo, ju jitsu, karate, and taekwondo, were put forward...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Further Education: Work Experience (22 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The department does not set targets for further education colleges on the number and proportion of students who should participate in relevant work placements during their course. Ofsted assess whether learners are given appropriate and high quality work-related or employment experience depending on the learners’ needs. This varies greatly from one learner to another depending on their...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teaching Assistants: Training (22 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The government values and appreciates the dedication, professionalism and hard work of teaching assistants (TAs), and the department knows the valuable contribution they make to pupils’ education alongside excellent teachers, particularly when supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Reaching over 70% of schools and further education (FE)...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Absenteeism (22 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: Ensuring that children are in school is a top priority for the government. The department promotes a ‘support first’ approach to school attendance and recognises that some pupils face greater barriers to attendance than their peers. These pupils can include pupils who suffer from long term medical conditions. Their right to an education is the same as any other pupil and therefore the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Home Education: Registration (19 Apr 2024)

Damian Hinds: The government supports the right of parents to educate their children at home. The department knows that many who do so are very committed and educate their children well, sometimes in difficult circumstances. However, this government is committed to ensuring local authorities ensure all of these children are in receipt of suitable education. The government is committed to legislating for...


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