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Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: Mr Speaker, I am terribly grateful to you for granting this urgent question during my first week in the job. We would all like to thank school staff for their ongoing dedication to pupils at what has obviously been an extremely difficult time. Regular school attendance is vital for children’s education, wellbeing and long-term development. I am pleased to report that attendance last week...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank the hon. Lady for tabling the urgent question and for her opening remarks. I am sure we will not always see eye-to-eye, but we both have a great concern for children in this country and I look forward to working with her on that score. Nevertheless, I do not want to take too many lectures from the Labour party on this subject. We all clearly remember how last year Labour consistently...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank my right hon. Friend for his question, and I look forward to working with him in his role as Chair of the Education Committee and as a venerable defender of the needs of children and of the voters who follow. It is extremely important that schools follow departmental guidance. I am sure that my officials will have heard the example that my right hon. Friend has just given. The message...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank both the hon. Lady for her question and the school in her constituency for the work that it has done to look after its pupils; it sounds as though it has gone above and beyond. As I said in answer to the shadow Secretary of State a few moments ago, the Department has invested considerable amounts of money in supporting children’s mental health. There has been £79 million across the...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank my hon. Friend for his passionate question. He has first-hand experience of working in schools, and I look forward to leaning on his expertise while I am in this job. It is absolutely the Government’s intention to keep schools open. We are clear that schools are the right place for children. The cost of children not being in school is extremely serious, so it is very much our hope...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: The hon. Gentleman is a doughty defender of pupils on his patch. The Government have already spent £3 billion on helping schools to get through the pandemic. As I have said, we have invested £1.5 billion in evidence-led programmes, and we have a high degree of confidence that they will help children to catch up some of the time that they have lost in school. Since the Prime Minister took...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: My hon. Friend is right that we have to help the most vulnerable children to overcome the problems of the pandemic. Children with special educational needs are very much on our radar. We have consistently prioritised children who attend specialist settings by providing additional uplifts in the 2020 catch-up premium and the 2021 recovery premium. Specialist settings will receive an uplift to...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I am delighted to hear that the Welsh Government are improving ventilation in schools. The Government in Westminster are doing precisely the same. We have spent £25 million on installing CO2 monitors, with 300,000 monitors going out right now. We are starting with special schools and then rolling them out across the estate.

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I could not agree more strongly. We need schools to be calm, well-ordered places of learning. These are the environments in which children flourish most. That is why, since 2010, this Government have prioritised behaviour.

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: My heart stopped for a moment because I thought the hon. Gentleman said that he looked forward to my appearing in front of the Education Committee this afternoon, but the autumn is fine—probably. He raises a very important point, because obviously we do want to see children back in school. As he will have heard me say, we have substantial improvement on where we were at the end of last...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank my hon. Friend for his thoughtful question. We have been very clear throughout that we wanted to get schools open as soon as it was safe to do so. We have done that. We have managed to increase attendance from 75% at the end of last term to 91.1% at the start of this term.[Official Report, 19 October 2021, Vol. 701, c. 4MC.] There is a lot further to go. However, it is the roll-out...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I am afraid that I do not recognise the hon. Lady’s description of the national tutoring programme as such. It is based on the very best evidence, it has a very large sum of public money behind it, and we are highly confident that it is going to help children to recover and get back.

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: My right hon. Friend is extremely learned in these matters. We have a testing programme in place to ensure that we limit the number of pupils in schools who have coronavirus. That was obviously the case as schools went back. I am sure that the relevant Minister will have heard his remarks.

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: As I have said a number of times, we have put in £3 billion, with £1.5 billion on tutoring for 6 million tutoring programmes—100 million hours of tutoring—and an additional 2 million tutoring programmes in 16 to 19 education.[Official Report, 19 October 2021, Vol. 701, c. 6MC.] That is evidence-based, and we have a high degree of confidence that it will help children recover and get...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: My hon. Friend raises an extremely important point. It is totally unacceptable that any teacher or headteacher is being placed under that pressure. The lies spread by certain groups are outrageous and have unquestionably made life uncomfortable for some people working in schools. I reiterate that schools following the guidelines are doing exactly the right thing. They are not legally liable...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I have heard of TADS on my travels—it is an excellent charity. If she would like to send the details to the Department, I am happy to look into that for her.

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: Be in no doubt that we want children to be in school and learning in school. It is the best place for them to be for their education, their mental health and their futures. We will do all that we can to keep them where they are.

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank the hon. Gentleman, and it is very good to hear about what he saw going on in Denton in his constituency during the summer. The tutoring programme is at the very heart of our response in helping children catch up, in so far as it is possible to do so. We know from the very best international and national data that when children have one-to-one or one-to-two tuition, it can be...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank my hon. Friend for his question and his remarks. As I mentioned a moment ago, there are DFE REACT teams working around the country, and their role is to work with schools, local authorities and regional schools commissioners to tackle precisely this problem. I am sure that, if he were to get in touch with the Department, it would be able to fill him in more on what is happening in his...

Coronavirus: Education Setting Attendance and Support for Pupils (23 Sep 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. Since I was a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Northern Ireland Office, I have long believed there is a great deal we can learn from Northern Ireland in this place, and we often learn it from the hon. Gentleman. It is absolutely essential that we support early years, but also children at every stage in their education, to overcome the worst...


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