Further Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 12th January 2017.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she plans to announce measures for further education as part of her reforms to young people's mental health.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is a priority for this Government, as the Prime Minister highlighted in her annual Charity Commission lecture which she delivered on 9 January.

The Prime Minister announced an extension of the Single Point of Contact joint training pilot and a new peer support pilot. We will look to see how we can specifically ensure that Further Education colleges are engaged.

We have already agreed to work with the Association of Colleges in order to share good practice examples of work being undertaken to support the mental health of students.

In addition, we will continue to work with the further education sector as a whole as we develop the children and young people’s green paper.

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