Schools: Transport

Department for Education written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of poor transport infrastructure on the results of secondary schools students.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The department has not carried out research into the impact of transport infrastructure on the results of secondary school students. We recognise the complex relationships and connections between the strength of an area’s infrastructure and the performance of public services.

This government is committed to levelling up across the country. Driving up educational standards are central to our determination to ensure that opportunities to succeed do not depend on where you live. Therefore, we are delivering a number of policies to address regional and local inequalities in education standards. These include fair funding for schools, our Opportunity Areas and Opportunity North East programmes, encouraging strong academy trusts to extend their reach and transform failing schools, reinvigorating the free schools programme to challenge low standards, spread best practice and increase choice for parents, and ambitious investment and reforms in teacher recruitment and retention.

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