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Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Closures (27 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: ​It is a criminal offence under Section 96 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 to conduct an unregistered independent school. The department and Ofsted will investigate any institution where intelligence or evidence suggest that this offence is being committed. Section 97 of the act permits no-notice inspections of education providers believed to be operating as an unregistered independent...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Air Conditioning (27 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: Air cleaning units were allocated to providers based on need, using the eligibility criteria we have set out in our guidance, which is available here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12cU_I5q0v1_my97yPMpb 87RsSL5d5lpj. As of 24 January, 1,265 providers that applied for department-funded air cleaning units were eligible for air cleaning units, including 8 providers in Newcastle. We are...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Russell Scott Primary School: Repairs and Maintenance (27 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: We are aware of the condition issues at Russell Scott Primary School and officials within the department have been engaging with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council to understand and advise on these issues. The department has committed to review and discuss evidence from any further investigative work or surveys undertaken. The department provides local authorities with an annual School...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Out-of-school Education: Codes of Practice (27 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The voluntary code of practice, which was published in October 2020, is intended to be a supportive resource for out of school setting providers that sets out good safeguarding practice and outlines which areas should be considered when operating out of school settings for children and young people, including health and safety, fire safety, and developing child protection policies and...

Written Answers — Department for Education: GCSE: Assessments (26 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: It is our firm intention that examinations will go ahead this year. It is of great importance to give pupils the opportunity to sit their examinations and we have put measures in place to ensure they can do so fairly. We have worked with Ofqual to put in place several adaptations to support the safe and fair delivery of examinations in this academic year to recognise the disruption pupils...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Air Conditioning (26 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: On 24 January, the department published summary findings from its survey of the use of carbon dioxide monitors, and data on applications for air cleaning units. This is available to view here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/co2-monitor-surve y-and-applications-for-air-cleaning-units. In total, 1,265 providers that applied for department-funded air cleaning units were eligible for...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Vaccination (26 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: Vaccinations continue to be the best way we can protect ourselves and help keep children and young people in face-to-face education. Healthy 12 to 15 year olds can receive their COVID-19 vaccinations in their school or out of school, such as through vaccination centres. The two offers run in parallel. School-age immunisation service (SAIS) providers have resumed services since schools...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Ventilation (26 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department has provided CO2 monitors to state-funded education providers, including early years, schools, and further education (FE) colleges, backed by £25 million in government funding. Over 99% of eligible maintained schools, FE colleges, and the majority of early years providers have now received a CO2 monitor, with over 353,000 delivered. Special schools and alternative provision...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Coronavirus (26 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education remains. The government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of COVID-19. While it has been announced that face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors in classrooms, and from 27 January, face...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Coronavirus (26 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education remains. While it has been announced that face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff, and visitors in classrooms and, from 27 January, face...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Coronavirus (26 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The operational guidance for each school, college and university provides details on the testing, ventilation and hygiene measures that all education and childcare provider should have in place to manage transmission of COVID-19 day to day. The department has worked closely with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to revise...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Local Government and Schools: Autism (26 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: All teachers are teachers of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and the department is committed to ensuring that all children and young people, particularly those with SEND receive high quality teaching that will enable them to reach their full potential at school. That is why the revised Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Core Content Framework (CCF), that all new entrants to the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Sex and Relationship Education (26 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The subjects of relationships education, relationships and sex education, and health education (RSHE) became mandatory from September 2020. They complement several other curriculum subjects, including science, computing, citizenship, and physical education. Schools are encouraged to look for opportunities to draw links between their curriculum subjects and integrate RSHE teaching where...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Air Conditioning (25 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department has launched an online marketplace which provides schools, colleges and nurseries with a route to purchasing air cleaning units at a suitable specification and competitive price. The marketplace is available to view here: https://s107t01-webapp-v2-01.azurewebsites.net/list/air-clea ning. In future, we may review this list. As more products which meet our specification become...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Home Education (25 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department does not collect data on the number of electively home-educated children as there is no statutory requirement for local authorities to maintain such a register. Such data as is currently collected is held by local authorities. However, the government is committed to a form of a register for children not in school, which would include home educated children. This would improve...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Assessments (25 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: It is the government’s firm intention that exams and assessments should go ahead this year. We regularly engage with stakeholders throughout the education sector and there continues to be widespread support for exams to go ahead. The department recognises that students taking exams this year will have experienced disruption to their education caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. That is why,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Coronavirus (25 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department does not hold the primary data source of COVID-19 cases. This is accessible from the ‘Coronavirus in the UK’ dashboard. COVID-19 case data can be found here: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/?_ga=2.91108568.335840232.16 03021384-1347302696.1578321854. The department publishes daily school attendance data on a fortnightly basis. This helps with the monitoring of the COVID-19...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Schools: Ventilation (25 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The CO2 monitor roll out began in September 2021 to all state-funded education providers, including early years, schools and further education providers. This included all special schools and alternative provision, who were prioritised to receive their monitors first given their higher-than-average numbers of vulnerable pupils. As of 14 January 2022, the department has delivered 22,859 CO2...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: English Language and STEM Subjects (25 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: Information on the school workforce in England, including the curriculum taught in secondary schools, is published in the annual ‘School Workforce in England’ national statistic here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-sta tistics/school-workforce-in-england. As at November 2020 (latest information available) around 15% of reported taught teaching hours were in each...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Disclosure of Information (25 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department has issued no new advice to local authorities or schools in relation to non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). Our position remains as set out in paragraph 5.29 of the Staffing and Employment Advice for Schools, that any settlement agreement between a school and a member of staff that includes a confidentiality clause must adhere to the provisions set out in the Employment Rights...


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