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Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords] (15 Nov 2021)

Alex Burghart: As someone who has spent the majority of his life in education or education policy, it is a real honour to be presenting this Bill on Second Reading. The Bill forms a cornerstone of some historic reforms that we are bringing to the skills agenda in our country: reforms that will help us more closely align skills training with the needs of employers; reforms that will help us to help all...

Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords] (15 Nov 2021)

Alex Burghart: Rewriting history yet again: everybody knows that the last Labour Government left the economy of this country in the gutter and it required a Conservative Government to pick it up and to create the jobs miracle that we saw before the pandemic. We want the skills system to become more responsive to the needs and knowledge of employers, creating dialogue between skills providers and industry....

Education: BTEC Qualifications (1 Nov 2021)

Alex Burghart: I can confirm, following what my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State said, that we are not planning to remove funding from all BTECs. We will continue to fund high-quality qualifications, including BTECs, that can be taken alongside, or as alternatives to, T-levels and A-levels where there is a clear need for skills and knowledge. We will be led by the evidence and the final decision on...

Education: BTEC Qualifications (1 Nov 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank the hon. Lady for her question. She is a powerful advocate for the people of Liverpool. I would, respectfully, draw her attention to page 13 of the “Government consultation response: impact assessment”, which states: “Following the additional flexibility on the future academic landscape, and the accompanying updated mapping and data, students from Black ethnic groups are no...

Education: BTEC Qualifications (1 Nov 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank the hon. Lady for her question; it is nice to have two questions from Liverpool back to back. I must tell the House that we are undertaking an historic reform of technical education in this country. We want technical qualifications, at all levels, that are designed with employers, to give students the opportunities they need. At 16, that will mean that some students will get...

Education: BTEC Qualifications (1 Nov 2021)

Alex Burghart: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his belated welcome. We just had a historic spending review for skills in this country, with £2.8 billion of capital for skills, including money to deliver new T-levels across the spending-review period. Those T-levels will give more students the opportunity to progress into work at a higher level. Our level 2 review will enable more students to progress into...

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...


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