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Written Answers — Department for Education: Mandarin Language: Education (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The aim of the department’s Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP) is to ensure that a high number of pupils in schools in England are on track to fluency in Mandarin, providing an increased pipeline of speakers to meet the future business and economic needs of the country. In April 2021, the department considered tenders as part of a procurement for a new contract to run the MEP from...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Vaccination (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: Vaccines are the best way we can protect ourselves and help keep children and young people in face-to-face education. Since 23 October, 12 to 15 year olds have been able to book a COVID-19 vaccination out of school, through vaccination centres. On 20 December, the NHS opened the national booking service for 12 to 15 year olds to get their second COVID-19 jab. School-age immunisation service...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Finance (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: We have allocated £11.3 billion since 2015 to maintain and improve the condition of school facilities, including £1.8 billion in the 2021/22 financial year. We expect to publish details of funding allocations for the 2022/23 financial year in the spring this year, and to provide details for the 2023/24 financial year in 2023. The department allocates condition funding each year to schools...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Coronavirus (24 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, balanced with managing transmission risk. My right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, has announced that from 20 January, face coverings are no longer recommended in classrooms and teaching spaces for staff, and pupils and students in year 7...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Finance (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department provides annual capital funding to support the education sector. This includes funding to create sufficient school places and to maintain and improve the condition of the school estate. In addition, the department also delivers capital building programmes, including the free schools programme, Priority School Building Programme and the new School Rebuilding Programme. The...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Health (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The government developed its contingency framework for education and childcare providers to help them, and others who work with them, to manage the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, and have contingency plans in place for future COVID-19 outbreaks. This guidance is regularly updated, most recently on 21 January 2022, and is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Languages (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The bursaries the department offers for initial teacher training (ITT) are intended to incentivise applications to ITT courses. The department reviews the bursaries on offer each year to take account of several factors, including historic recruitment, forecast economic conditions and teacher supply need in each subject. This provides flexibility to respond to the need to attract new teachers,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Pensions (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: Generally, retired teachers returning to the classroom following the recent call for ex-teachers to help will not be subject to potential abatement of their teachers’ pension. This is because it is expected that they will be employed by supply teacher agencies, which tend not to be participating Teacher Pensions’ Scheme (TPS) employers. TPS abatement rules would currently apply to retired...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Migrant Workers (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The overseas teacher acclimatisation service is piloting support for newly recruited overseas trained teachers in priority subjects. Officials from the department discussed proposals for an overseas teacher acclimatisation service with external organisations, including holding a formal market engagement day in July 2021. The procurement opportunity and formal market engagement event were...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: York (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: Our priority is to do everything in our power to protect education. This means making sure that schools and colleges have the teaching staff they need to safely deliver face-to-face education. Schools are adapting and using the right measures for their individual provider. School leaders are best placed to determine the workforce required to meet the needs of their pupils. The regional...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The new statutory guidance for relationships, sex and health education (RSHE), which came into force in September 2020, emphasises that schools should be alive to issues such as everyday sexism, misogyny, homophobia and gender stereotypes, and take positive action to build a culture where these are not tolerated, and any occurrences are identified and tackled. The guidance states that schools...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: Information on the school workforce in England, including the number of teachers and teacher retirements, is published in the annual ‘school workforce in England’ national statistic at: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-sta tistics/school-workforce-in-england. As at November 2020 (latest information available) 1,656 (less than 1% of teachers) teachers working in...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Disadvantaged (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department has commissioned external contractors to carry out an evaluation of the Opportunity Area (OA) programme. The national process evaluation is being conducted by NatCen, whilst the intervention level evaluations, which focus on five specific OA projects, are being conducted by York Consulting. Each evaluation has a steering group which helps to guide, and quality assure its design...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Educational Institutions: Sexual Offences (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: Schools and colleges have a critical role to play in protecting children and keeping them safe. ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) is statutory guidance that schools and colleges must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The guidance is clear on the actions a school or college should take if there are any concerns about...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Ventilation (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: Schools should always create a healthy indoor environment for occupants, this includes keeping spaces ventilated to reduce the concentration of pathogens in the air, such as SARS-CoV-2. Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, the department has emphasised the importance of ventilation and provided guidance to schools, colleges and nurseries on ventilation requirements. In 2018, the department...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Coronavirus (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department regularly considers advice from a number of different sources, including the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), to ensure our policies are guided by the most up to date scientific evidence. The current COVID-19 operational guidance for schools balances the government’s priority to deliver high quality face-to-face education to...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Absenteeism (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: Regular attendance at school is vital for children’s education, wellbeing, and long-term development. My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, recently established an Attendance Alliance of national leaders from education, children’s social care and allied services to work together to raise school attendance and reduce persistent absence. The Alliance has pledged to...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Publications (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The content of textbooks is a matter for individual publishers. The department does not play a role in prescribing or authorising the books that schools can use. It is a matter for schools themselves to determine what curriculum resources they use, and we trust them to use their judgement in assessing their quality. We understand from the publisher that Palestine was included on the map to...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Finance (24 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department updates the national funding formula (NFF) annually and publishes the confirmed formula in advance of the dedicated schools grant (DSG). We have already announced one substantive change in 2023-24, which is to roll the schools supplementary funding, worth £1.2 billion in the 2022-23 financial year, into the NFF. The schools supplementary grant will be allocated in the form of...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Assessments (21 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: We are determined to press ahead with examinations this year. We regularly engage with stakeholders throughout the education sector and there continues to be widespread support for examinations to go ahead. Together with Ofqual, we consulted on and have confirmed a range of adaptations to GCSE and A/AS level exams. By 7 February, exam boards will be releasing advance information about the...


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