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Written Answers — Department for Education: GCE A-level and Gcse (21 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. Together with Ofqual, we have confirmed a range of adaptations to GCSE, AS and A level exams. Students will have advance information on the focus of their exams in...

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

Robin Walker: The department does not hold data on the number and proportions of classrooms in England that have no mechanical ventilation. Maintaining adequate ventilation remains the responsibility of individual providers. The law says employers, including education and childcare providers, must make sure there is an adequate supply of fresh air in enclosed areas of the workplace. This has not changed...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Recruitment (21 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: Schools have continued to receive their budgets in full throughout the COVID-19 outbreak regardless of periods of full or partial closure. In addition, the department has re-introduced the COVID-19 workforce fund to provide financial support to eligible schools and colleges for additional staff absence costs incurred from 22 November until the February spring half term in 2022. The fund is...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Supply Teachers: Vetting (21 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: Local authority and school expenditure is published annually, with the latest available data being the 2020-21 financial year, and is available here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-sta tistics/la-and-school-expenditure. Please note that this publication does not include academies. School level data (including academies) is available at the Schools Financial...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Supply Teachers: Vetting (21 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department does not collect or hold the information that has been requested. Supply agencies providing temporary staff to schools are independent private companies and as such decisions over their use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are not reported to the department, but a matter for employees and employers. The department does not hold data on the general numbers of supply...

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

Robin Walker: The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes the proportion of staff testing positive for antibodies indicative of a prior COVID-19 infection as part of the Schools Infection Survey (SIS). The most recent publication, based on samples from 14 June to 6 July 2021, estimated 23.4% of secondary school staff and 25.2% of primary school staff are testing positive for such antibodies, showing...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Academies: Finance (21 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: At the end of 2019/20 academic year, the total cumulative surplus of trusts with positive reserves was £3.17 billion. This compares with the total cumulative surplus of schools with positive reserves in the local authority maintained sector of £2.27 billion at the end of financial year 2020/21. The proportion of academy trusts with financial reserves in excess of (a) 10%, (b) 20% and (c)...

Written Answers — Department for Education: National Tutoring Programme (21 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The national tutoring programme aims to deliver up to 2 million tuition courses this year, and up to 90 million tuition hours by the 2024/25 academic year across the programme’s 3 pillars. The programme is currently on course to deliver its objectives. Schools know their pupils best and have the freedom to enrol those who will benefit most. So far, an estimated 230,000 courses have been...

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

Robin Walker: Our priority is to maintain high quality face-to-face education for all children and young people. There are measures in place to help break the chains of COVID-19 transmission, minimise disruption to education and limit absences. These include regular testing, improving ventilation in classrooms and continuing the booster rollout for adults and vaccinations for secondary age pupils. The...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Initial Teacher Training Market Review (21 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department invited new and existing providers to apply for accreditation under the process announced in the government’s response to the initial teacher training (ITT) review and there has been a considerable level of interest shown. We anticipate receiving a diverse range of applications, reflecting the different types of ITT provision that exist currently. Each application will be...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Voluntary Work (21 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department is extremely grateful to all the teachers who are responding to our call to return temporarily to the classroom. Every single teacher that responds can make a vital difference to children and young people by keeping them in face-to-face education. The campaign aims to further bolster the many supply staff that are already working in our schools and who have been supporting...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Coronavirus: Schools (20 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department will always prioritise the health and welfare of staff, pupils and students. At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, shielding was introduced as one of the few ways to support those who, at the time, were considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV). The situation is now very different to when shielding was first introduced. We know a lot more about COVID-19 and what makes...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Coronavirus: Schools (20 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with, and it remains imperative that we reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education. My right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, announced on 19 January 2022 that the temporary introduction of Plan B is to end. From 27 January, face coverings will no longer be advised for visitors, staff and secondary pupils in...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Recruitment (20 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The department is extremely grateful to all the teachers who are responding to our call to return temporarily to the classroom to support schools to remain open and deliver face to face education for pupils. On 12 January 2022, the department published initial data from a sample of supply agencies gathered between 20 December 2021 and 7 January 2022. This showed that 485 former teachers have...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Mathematics: Education (20 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The government has no current plans to review the performance of students in mathematics compared to their performance in English and science in schools. The department’s secondary school accountability measures are designed to encourage schools to teach a broad and balanced curriculum, with a strong academic core, and to incentivise schools to focus on improving the attainment of all...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupil Premium: Finance (20 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The increase of 2.7% in pupil premium funding rates in financial year 2022-23 is in line with inflation based on the gross domestic product deflator forecast as in the Spending Review. As such, rates are expected to be maintained in real terms per pupil.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Languages (20 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The 2020/21 academic year saw an increase of more than 5,000 full time equivalent (FTE) teachers in state-funded secondary schools across the whole of England, including the south-west. This equates to a 2.5% growth on the year before, the largest observed in the last 10 years, and has resulted in the largest qualified teacher workforce since 2015/16. To support the recruitment of modern...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Attendance (20 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: To date, 5 attendance advisers have been appointed by the department. During their first wave of work, they will be collectively supporting 15 multi-academy trusts and 20 local authorities.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Absenteeism (20 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: The data required to answer this question was collected in the Autumn school census. It is currently being collated for pre-announced publication in March 2022 in the following National Statistics release: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-sta tistics/pupil-absence-in-schools-in-england.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Air Conditioning (20 Jan 2022)

Robin Walker: On 2 January, the department announced that up to 7,000 air cleaning units are being made available for mainstream state-funded providers for the very few cases where maintaining good ventilation is not possible. Deliveries will start in February. This is in addition to the 1,000 units made available for special and alternative provision providers that we announced in November. Deliveries of...


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