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Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Staff (7 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: The Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers (2019) collected data on ages of the early years workforce. This can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/childcare-and-early -years-providers-survey-2019. Data for early years staff aged 23 to 24 is not available because the data is banded into age groups. However, the unpublished data shows that 4% of staff working in...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Social Services (7 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: The review of children’s social care will take a fundamental look across children’s social care, with the aim of better supporting, protecting, and improving the outcomes of vulnerable children and young people. The urgent local and national response to the COVID-19 outbreak has delayed launching the review, but we are making preparations to launch as soon as possible and will set out...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Coronavirus (7 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: ...-home-le arning-families-0-4-year-olds-during-covid-19-0. We continue to work with the early years sector to understand how they can best be supported to ensure that sufficient safe, appropriate and affordable childcare is available for those returning to work now, and for all families who need it in the longer term.

Written Answers — Department for Education: National School Breakfast Programme (7 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: The department is considering how to encourage and support schools to ensure that children continue to benefit from school breakfasts beyond March 2021. We are developing our thinking in this area. The department is engaging with the breakfast food market, following the release of a Public Information Notice in October 2020.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children in Care (7 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into force on 24 April 2020 and expired on 25 September 2020. Further regulations continuing a small number of these amendments came into force from 25 September 2020 (Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020) following a public consultation over the summer. This is to ensure that...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Educational Psychology: Coronavirus (7 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: Supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) continues to be a priority for this government, and their wellbeing has been central to our response throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. The department has not received any specific representations from headteachers, regarding their students being unable to access educational psychology assessments, due to educational...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Coronavirus (7 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: Schools should keep a record of all visitors with sufficient detail to support rapid contact tracing if required by NHS Test and Trace and those individuals will be expected to comply with the school’s arrangements for managing and minimising risk. This includes taking particular care to maintain distance from staff and pupils. Schools will also have the discretion to require face coverings...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Coronavirus (7 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: The department thanks those who work in the early years sector and those who have dedicated their time, effort, and skills to providing high-quality early years education and childcare during these challenging circumstances. The Competition and Markets Authority issued an open letter on 28 July 2020 to the early years sector, following complaints from parents about allegedly unfair charging...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care (7 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: The government continues to support families with their childcare costs. On 25 November 2020, my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a further £44 million investment in the 2021/22 financial year for local authorities to increase hourly rates paid to childcare providers for the government’s free childcare entitlement offers. Further details and information on how...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Foster Care (7 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: The information requested is not held centrally. Short breaks for children can be provided by local authorities under either section 17 or section 20 of the Children Act (1989). Whilst information on children receiving services is reported in the children in need census, the detail of the specific service or support provided to the child is not collected.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Social Services (4 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: The Department for Education works closely with local authorities and the sector to assess the impact of a variety of factors on children’s services, including funding and any increases in demand. Local authority funding is distributed using a formula based on population and deprivation, as well as the varying cost of delivering services across the country. The government is committed to...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (4 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations (2020) came into force on 24 April 2020 and expired on 25 September 2020. Where local authorities deemed it appropriate to make use of these flexibilities, taking account of all available information, every decision had to be agreed at senior manager level and recorded. This includes decisions taken around dealing with...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Social Mobility (4 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: The government is committed to promoting opportunity throughout the UK. The Social Mobility Commission – an arm’s length body sponsored by the Department for Education – has a statutory responsibility to monitor social mobility in the United Kingdom and to promote social mobility in England. It carries out this responsibility by appraising action on social mobility via their annual...

Nurseries and Early Years Settings (3 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: ...’s early years are absolutely crucial for their development, and we are doing more than any previous Government have done to ensure that as many families as possible can access high-quality, affordable childcare. That has made a difference for children. The latest early years foundation stage profile results show that the proportion of all children reaching a good level of development is...

Exams and Accountability 2021 (3 Dec 2020)

Gavin Williamson: ...challenges, and certainly I know that the Minister for School Standards would be happy to sit down with the hon. Lady, along with the children’s Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford), to discuss any extra support or intervention she thinks would be of use and benefit.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Speech and Language Therapy: Dudley (3 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: Supporting the most vulnerable children and young people, including those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), is a priority for us, especially at this time. Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, educational settings have been asked to ensure that vulnerable children and young people can attend where appropriate. Through our contract with nasen, we have funded the Whole School...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus (3 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: The guidance entitled ‘full opening: special schools and other specialist settings’ includes details on how settings should put in place proportionate ‘System of Control’ measures to minimise the risk of transmission, including advice on the use of face masks and managing social distancing. This guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-full...

Deferred Division (2 Dec 2020)

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Members Eligible for a Proxy Vote (2 Dec 2020)

...Nickie Aiken (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con) Stuart Andrew Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green and Bow) (Lab) Chris Elmore Tahir Ali (Birmingham, Hall Green) (Lab) Chris Elmore Lucy Allan (Telford) (Con) Mark Spencer Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (Tooting) (Lab) Chris Elmore Mike Amesbury (Weaver Vale) (Lab) Chris Elmore Sir David Amess (Southend West) (Con) Stuart Andrew Fleur Anderson...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Secure Accommodation (2 Dec 2020)

Vicky Ford: The department’s capital grants programme for the current spending review period will, once completed, increase available placements by 17 beds across the secure children’s home estate. This includes some beds which are for use as ‘step-down’ provision. The grants programme has, in total, funded approximately 130 projects across the estate. We expect that the budget will be spent in...


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