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Education: SEND Review: Further Education (23 May 2022)

Alex Burghart: We are consulting on a wide range of proposals in our SEND and alternative provision Green Paper to benefit young people with special educational needs and disabilities in further education. They include new national SEND standards delivered through new local SEND partnerships and local inclusion plans. We will also set out clear guidance for timely, effective, high-quality transition into...

Education: SEND Review: Further Education (23 May 2022)

Alex Burghart: I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Suffolk New College, and seeing some of the excellent work that it is doing in respect of a range of issues. I saw just how much the young people in that area are benefiting from their hard work. As my hon. Friend knows, we are engaging widely with a huge number of stakeholders to ensure that we get our consultation right, and I hope very much that Suffolk New...

Education: SEND Review: Further Education (23 May 2022)

Alex Burghart: I know that the hon. Lady has a great deal of expertise in this regard. We are very keen to ensure, through the SEND review, that children and young people have the right support in the right place at the right time. I strongly encourage the hon. Lady to take part in that consultation, and the Minister responsible has agreed to meet her.

Education: SEND Review: Further Education (23 May 2022)

Alex Burghart: It is great to hear how our education investment areas are starting to change the game in areas of great need across the country, including my hon. Friend’s. This is aimed at building a stronger schools system that works to improve outcomes for all pupils, including those with SEND. Our investment will mean improved teacher retention, more pupils in stronger trusts that can offer SEND...

Education: SEND Review: Further Education (23 May 2022)

Alex Burghart: The hon. Gentleman has been a powerful champion in this House for that cause, and I am pleased to say that the Under-Secretary of State for Education, my hon. Friend the Member for Colchester—the city of Colchester—(Will Quince) will meet him to discuss this.

Education: Topical Questions (23 May 2022)

Alex Burghart: I was delighted to visit that excellent college in my hon. Friend’s constituency and to see the fantastic work being done there. She will be pleased to know that we are investing £450 million of capital funding in higher education providers over the next three years, and that £400 million of that will be targeted on strategic priorities such as high-cost science, technology, engineering...

Education: Topical Questions (23 May 2022)

Alex Burghart: We have a range of independent assessors going through the process. The consultation process will last the next few months, and we intend to publish the final list of qualifications to be defunded to make way for our world-class, gold-standard T-levels in September, thereby giving colleges two years to prepare.

Education: Topical Questions (23 May 2022)

Alex Burghart: I am delighted to be able to tell my hon. Friend that from September next year, the T-level in agriculture will be available. I hope she will be promoting it in South East Cornwall.

Education: Topical Questions (23 May 2022)

Alex Burghart: I am looking forward to visiting my hon. Friend’s apprenticeship fair in a few weeks’ time.

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords]: Clause 7 - Additional powers to approve technical education qualifications (28 Mar 2022)

Alex Burghart: It is a pleasure to follow my right hon. Friends the Members for Harlow (Robert Halfon) and for Kingswood (Chris Skidmore), who both have great expertise in the field. On what my hon. Friend the Member for Kingswood said, we are interested in building up the offer for people already in the workplace. We see a great many people taking apprenticeships to reboot their careers. The Prime...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords]: Clause 7 - Additional powers to approve technical education qualifications (28 Mar 2022)

Alex Burghart: I beg to move, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their amendment 15B proposed instead of the words left out of the Bill by its amendment 15.

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords]: Clause 7 - Additional powers to approve technical education qualifications (28 Mar 2022)

Alex Burghart: I am delighted to be back in the House to discuss our landmark Skills and Post-16 Education Bill. I am pleased the Bill has progressed to this point, as it is a real opportunity for us to create a chance for more people to develop the skills they need to move into a job and support our economy. We have made the case that this Bill and the work surrounding it will provide qualifications that...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords]: Clause 7 - Additional powers to approve technical education qualifications (28 Mar 2022)

Alex Burghart: I am always anxious to hear what the hon. Gentleman has to say. I believe his comment is a reference to amendment 15B, which I am coming to in a moment, but I hope he will forgive me if I finish talking about 17B first. I hope this House will agree that we have reached a sensible compromise position, with the help of my right hon. Friend the Chair of the Education Committee. This middle...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords]: Clause 7 - Additional powers to approve technical education qualifications (28 Mar 2022)

Alex Burghart: Our consultation showed that there was widespread support for having a system of technical qualifications that offered both co-design with employers and entrenched, embedded work experience. The choice before Parliament in debating this Bill is whether we wish to push ahead, following the best international examples, on technical qualifications that are designed with employers and give...

Education: Institutes of Technology (14 Mar 2022)

Alex Burghart: The Government are investing £290 million to establish a network of 21 institutes of technology throughout the country, actively targeting the areas where they are needed the most. Wave 1 has already established 12 IOTs across 50 locations, and wave 2 will add a further nine IOTs. We are getting the best of the further education sector, alongside the best of the higher education sector and...

Education: Institutes of Technology (14 Mar 2022)

Alex Burghart: As my hon. Friend noted, he had a meeting with my right hon. Friend the Minister for Higher and Further Education on this issue. I know he is a passionate advocate for education in his area and wants to see the excellent success of our IOTs replicated in his region. At this time, there are no plans to extend IOTs, but we very much keep the policy under review and want to see them go from...

Education: Prisoners: Retraining (14 Mar 2022)

Alex Burghart: The Government absolutely recognise the importance of preparing prisoners for employment upon their release. That is why we are, for the very first time, changing the law to enable serving prisoners who are close to release to start apprenticeships, helping them to retrain and upskill, and providing them with direct routes into jobs with businesses in their communities.

Education: Prisoners: Retraining (14 Mar 2022)

Alex Burghart: I can absolutely give my hon. Friend that reassurance. Officials in the Department for Education are working at pace with colleagues in the Ministry of Justice to make sure that we tear down the barriers so that people leaving prison can have had the best chance to rebuild their lives, earn money for themselves, and contribute to their communities. We expect to make progress on that this...

Education: Topical Questions (14 Mar 2022)

Alex Burghart: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right: essay mills denigrate the excellent work that the vast majority of students do by allowing a tiny minority to cheat. That is why, in our Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, which will soon receive Royal Assent, we are outlawing them, and we will punish everyone involved in them.

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords]: New Clause 12 - Office for Students: publication and protection from defamation (21 Feb 2022)

Alex Burghart: With the leave of the House, I will speak to some of the amendments that have been discussed this evening. It has been a real pleasure to have been involved with this Bill on Second Reading, in Committee and on Report this evening. I feel the strength of feeling across the House for the skills agenda. This is an extraordinarily exciting time for skills, as my right hon. Friend the Member for...


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