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Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill: Clause 1 - Extension of duty to provide careers guidance in schools (14 Jan 2022)

Alex Burghart: What a pleasure it has been to take part in this debate. We have had some medieval history from me, some family history from my hon. Friend the Member for Hertford and Stortford (Julie Marson) and some personal and socialist history from Opposition Members—or the Opposition Member, I should say. We all thank my hon. Friend the Member for Workington (Mark Jenkinson) for this excellent...

Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill: Clause 1 - Extension of duty to provide careers guidance in schools (14 Jan 2022)

Alex Burghart: My hon. Friend is right about the one in five schools, but allow me to turn that figure on its head: from a standing start really quite a short time ago, four in five schools are now complying with large numbers of the Gatsby benchmarks, and are improving. Our Ofsted regime will include adherence to those benchmarks in its handbook, and I remind my hon. Friend that as part of our post-covid...

Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill: Clause 1 - Extension of duty to provide careers guidance in schools (14 Jan 2022)

Alex Burghart: I was not seeking to intervene, but I am glad to take the opportunity. Ofsted would obviously hold the school accountable for procuring poor careers advice. I very much appreciate my hon. Friend’s point, but, to be clear, we take accountability for careers advice very seriously and we wish to drive up quality. We believe that it is in the best interests of the pupil to have independent...

Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill: Clause 1 - Extension of duty to provide careers guidance in schools (14 Jan 2022)

Alex Burghart: You are very kind, Mr Speaker, and it is lovely to be here with you this Friday morning. What a very interesting debate we have had on the amendments of my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope), even if some of our colleagues have been so anxious to get onto Third Reading. I can understand why, but we do have a couple of very important amendments to discuss. I must...

Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill: Clause 1 - Extension of duty to provide careers guidance in schools (14 Jan 2022)

Alex Burghart: Absolutely, Mr Speaker. The thrust of my hon. Friend’s amendments is about quality in the careers service, which is very much where I was trying to go in my remarks. I will speed ahead to the specifics, and perhaps we will come back to the general points on Third Reading. Given the challenges that young people have faced throughout the pandemic, there has never been a more important time to...

Women and Equalities: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (12 Jan 2022)

Alex Burghart: Between 2010 and 2020, under this Conservative Government, the number of women accepted on to full-time STEM undergraduate courses in the UK has increased by 49%. We are utterly committed to ensuring that more women and girls study STEM through funding programmes that boost uptake, such as the Inclusion in Schools physics programme.

Women and Equalities: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (12 Jan 2022)

Alex Burghart: I thank my hon. Friend for her question and I look forward to visiting the west midlands to see that with my own eyes, because apprenticeships are exactly the sort of first step on the career path we are looking to provide for our young people. Women now account for more than half of all apprenticeship starts across the country and our apprenticeships diversity champions network is working...

Women and Equalities: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (12 Jan 2022)

Alex Burghart: We are always doing whatever we can to encourage more women and girls to study STEM. I am delighted to say that the number of women on full-time STEM undergraduate courses has gone up by 49% since 2010. The percentage of women on full-time STEM undergraduate courses has gone up from 34% to 42% since 2010, and A-level science entries are up 36% among girls. Girls now account for more than 50%...

Women and Equalities: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (12 Jan 2022)

Alex Burghart: It looks like I shall be going to Wrexham as well. I am delighted to say that, under this Government, women and girls are driving the STEM revolution that is powering the new economy.

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: I am very grateful to you for granting this urgent question on a day when the Schools Minister is out of town, Mr Speaker. The Government are committed to ensuring that schools open in January as normal. The classroom is the very best place for children’s and young people’s development, and we are incredibly grateful to teachers and all education staff for all they have done to maintain...

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank my right hon. Friend, the Chair of the Select Committee on Education, for his question. I know how much the subject means to him, and I am sure he recognises how much it matters to everyone in the Department for Education. We are absolutely clear that the best place for schoolchildren is in school, that the best thing for schoolchildren is to have face-to-face teaching and that, as...

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: I join the hon. Gentleman in his remarks about schools and school staff. We understand that they have worked enormously hard to do the best for children in extremely difficult conditions over the past 18 months. It is important to recognise that the work that they have done throughout has meant that we are now in a position where we have good and improving vaccination rates, good ventilation,...

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton), the former Children’s Minister, for his remarks. We are absolutely determined to do everything that we can to keep schools open. My right hon. Friend the Member for Harlow asked how we are going to maintain the workforce. I remind the House that during the surge of the delta variant, the Department created the...

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: The hon. Gentleman obviously has enormous expertise in this field, as former Chair of the Education Committee. I reassure him that the Under-Secretary of State for Education, my hon. Friend the Member for Colchester (Will Quince), the Children’s Minister, is in regular contact with the group that he mentions. Education being open is vital to the national effort. It is education settings...

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank my right hon. Friend for his question. He is an experienced Member of this House and he will know that Under-Secretaries of State are not always informed of what is happening right at the very centre, but I am sure that the powers that be will have heard his question.

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: In answer to my hon. Friend’s second question, I think it is clear that they are off on their holidays. In answer to his first question, we absolutely want and expect education settings to be open, we want and expect children to be taught in person, and we want and expect school life to go ahead.

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: As the hon. Lady will have heard me say already, we take ventilation and the quality of air extremely seriously. That is why we have achieved our public commitment of delivering 300,000 carbon dioxide monitors over the autumn term; in fact, we have excelled on our target. We are absolutely clear that ventilation is one of the four pillars that will help us best maintain school in person.

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: My hon. Friend raises an extremely important point. Like her, I have been extremely impressed at how calm a head the education settings I have visited and spoken to have managed to keep in the midst of a crisis, despite the quite unnecessary pressure that certain groups have put on them.

School Openings: January 2022 (15 Dec 2021)

Alex Burghart: I can reassure the hon. Gentleman that, at official level, we are in constant dialogue with our friends and partners in Northern Ireland. There is a great deal that we can learn from each other and that we continue to learn from each other.


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