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Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Demonstrations (2 Nov 2021)

Robin Walker: It is never acceptable for anyone to pressurise or intimidate pupils, teachers or the wider school community, and protestors engaging in this type of behaviour should immediately bring it to an end. The department has provided information in guidance for schools on how to handle any misinformation or disruption. In the event of a protest or disruptive activity outside a school, or if schools...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Broadband (2 Nov 2021)

Robin Walker: According to data from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), 3,835 schools are in postcodes that do not have access to full fibre or are currently not in areas of proposed commercial build within the next 5 years. The government remains committed to investing £5 billion to bring gigabit coverage to the hardest to reach areas and will continue to work with suppliers...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Energy (2 Nov 2021)

Robin Walker: The department recognises that schools may be facing pressures this winter, including where energy prices have increased. School funding remains one of the department’s key priorities, which is why the 2021 Spending Review secured an additional £4.7 billion in the core school budget by the 2024-25 financial year compared to previous plans. The settlement includes a further £1.6 billion in...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Condition Improvement Fund: Harlow (2 Nov 2021)

Robin Walker: Schools and those responsible for school buildings receive condition funding through different routes depending on their size and type. Local authorities, larger multi-academy trusts and large voluntary aided school bodies, such as dioceses, receive a School Condition Allocation (SCA) to invest in priorities across the schools for which they are responsible. Smaller or stand-alone academy...

Education: Travel to School: Rural Communities (1 Nov 2021)

Robin Walker: Local authorities must provide transport for children of compulsory school age to attend their nearest school if they cannot walk there because of distance, route safety or special needs. During the next spending review period, authorities will receive an extra £1.6 billion a year to maintain vital services such as that.

Education: Independent and State School Partnerships (1 Nov 2021)

Robin Walker: The Government are committed to cross-sector partnerships across England. We are aware of the partnership in Bassetlaw between Worksop College, an independent school, and 11 local state schools. We continue to work constructively with them to encourage more schools to engage with such partnership working.

Education: Condition of School Buildings (1 Nov 2021)

Robin Walker: We have allocated £11.3 billion since 2015 to improve the condition of schools, including £1.8 billion in this financial year. Our new school rebuilding programme will transform 500 schools over the next decade. We expect to start the selection process for the next round by early 2022.

Education: Covid-19 Closures: Educational Disadvantage (1 Nov 2021)

Robin Walker: According to Renaissance Learning, pupils were one to three months behind in their learning in summer 2021, with improvements since the spring. Pupil premium pupils were half a month further behind in primary and two months further behind in secondary. We have announced a new £1 billion recovery premium to support disadvantaged pupils, with extra support in secondary, to reflect the...

Education: Topical Questions (1 Nov 2021)

Robin Walker: I would be delighted to join my hon. Friend to meet Amy and Ella to discuss their idea and the resources they have created through their Plastic Clever Schools campaign. Only last week, in a debate in the House, I discussed the importance of teaching about climate change and sustainability in schools. I am looking forward to visiting, this Friday, the Rivers multi-academy trust, to learn...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Repairs and Maintenance (29 Oct 2021)

Robin Walker: The School Rebuilding Programme was announced in 2020 with a commitment to 500 rebuilding and refurbishment projects over the next decade. Details, including the approach to prioritisation, are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-rebuilding -programme. The department announced the first 50 schools in February 2021 and a second set of 50 in July, with each round...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Ventilation (29 Oct 2021)

Robin Walker: The trial of air purifiers is funded by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), who are contracting the trial management to Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust via their Centre for Applied Educational Research programme. The full results of the study are expected in October 2022, but it is anticipated that an interim report on the feasibility of using air cleaners (HEPA and UV-C...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Financial Services: Education (29 Oct 2021)

Robin Walker: Education on financial matters helps to ensure that young people are prepared to manage their money well, make sound financial decisions and know where to seek further information when needed. Finance education forms part of the citizenship national curriculum which can be taught at all key stages and is compulsory at key stages 3 and 4: https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum. Financial...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Languages: Schools (29 Oct 2021)

Robin Walker: One of the key priorities of the department is the take-up of languages. In September 2014, a statutory requirement for all key stage 2 pupils to study either an ancient or a modern foreign language was introduced to the national curriculum. The department has also taken steps to increase the uptake of languages at GCSE, which is why GCSEs in all modern and ancient languages have been part of...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Sick Leave (29 Oct 2021)

Robin Walker: As of latest available data on 14 October, over 99.95% (nearly all) of state-funded schools were open to pupils. 1.8% of teachers and school leaders and 1.6% of teaching assistants and other staff were absent from open schools due to COVID-19 related reasons on 14 October. Our priority is for schools to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils. The evidence is clear that...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Coronavirus (29 Oct 2021)

Robin Walker: The Department for Education and the Department for Health and Social Care are working together closely to monitor COVID-19 related absence trends for both pupils and staff in schools. My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education and my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, have regular discussions across a range of issues related to the COVID-19...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Hyperactivity (29 Oct 2021)

Robin Walker: High-quality professional development is important for teachers at all stages of their careers. Decisions relating to teachers’ continuing professional development rests with schools, headteachers, and teachers themselves, as they are in the best position to judge their own requirements. This may include further training and development relating to pupils and young people with special...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Ventilation (29 Oct 2021)

Robin Walker: Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak the department has emphasised the importance of ventilation and provided guidance to settings on ventilation requirements. The department has always said that where a school is in operation it is important to ensure that it is well ventilated and that a comfortable teaching environment is maintained. The government has started to provide CO2 monitors to...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Repairs and Maintenance (29 Oct 2021)

Robin Walker: The School Rebuilding Programme was announced in 2020 with a commitment to deliver 500 rebuilding and refurbishment projects over the next decade. The department announced the first 100 projects this year at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-rebuilding -programme. The most advanced projects started construction in September 2021. A consultation on the approach to prioritising...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Trade Unions (29 Oct 2021)

Robin Walker: The information requested is not held centrally. The department does not collect data on academies or free schools who have negotiated recognition agreements with teaching unions.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Qualifications (29 Oct 2021)

Robin Walker: Legislation does not specify that teachers must have a degree in a particular subject or discipline. The Teachers’ Standards specify the subject knowledge required for the award of qualified teacher status. All trainee teachers must meet these by the time they complete their training. In November 2019, of 2,948 state-funded secondary schools in England, the most common subjects taught where...


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