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Academies

A number of peoplke have contacted me regarding the Government’s proposal to convert all schools to academies. I am proud that we have a number of excellent academies across Broxtowe, including George Spencer in Stapleford and Chetwynd Primary Academy in Toton, which have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Good’ by Ofsted respectively.  Over the last…

Age-appropriate SRE in schools

Thank you for contacting me about personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), and relationships education and relationships and sex education (RSE) being included in the Children and Social Work Bill. Schools should be providing all young people with a curriculum that equips them for success in adult life, and that also addresses modern issues…

Early Years Education

Thank you to those of you who have contacted me about Save The Children’s recent campaign highlighting the shortfall in boys’ education and development. I fully appreciate the scale of this problem, and firmly believe that all children should be afforded the best possible start in life regardless of their background. Though I am greatly…

The Higher Education & Research Bill

My thanks to those constituents that have contacted me about the higher Educations and Research Bill (or the ‘HE Bill’). Though we are seeing incredible growth in the university sector, we must ensure that our higher education system is fulfilling its potential for students, employers, and the taxpayers that underwrite it. The new Teaching Excellence Framework…

Faith Schools

I am concerned about plans for faith schools where the majority of funding is from the state, but the schools are allowed to impose 100% faith selection. Even though I am not a Catholic both my daughters attended a Catholic primary school – which had an interesting and good mix of children of all faiths…

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Thank you for contacting me about the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Universities and their staff play a vital role in our economy, ensuring that people have the skills they need to get on in life. Universities are subject to regular assessment of their financial sustainability, management and governance. Government sets the legislative framework for pension schemes…

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Thank you for contacting me about the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Universities and their staff play a vital role in our economy, ensuring that people have the skills they need to get on in life. Universities are subject to regular assessment of their financial sustainability, management and governance. Government sets the legislative framework for pension schemes…

Free School Meals and Universal Credit

Thank you for contacting me about eligibility for free school meals under Universal Credit. While I appreciate your concerns, let me assure you that the introduction of Universal Credit offers a less fragmented, more fairly targeted system that will ensure more children will benefit from free school meals. Your suggestion that one million children will…

Children’s Society Crumbling Futures

Thank you for contacting me about the Children’s Society research, Crumbling Futures. I hope I can assure you that every effort is being made to support vulnerable children and young people through their education and late teenage years. These years can be particularly volatile for many teenagers, and it is incredibly important for local services…

British Sign Language GCSE

Thank you for contacting me about British Sign Language (BSL) as a GCSE. BSL is a vital method of communication for many people and the first or preferred language for an estimated 70,000 deaf people across the country. I know that colleagues in the Department for Education are committed to the education of all children…

Foster Care in England

Thank you for contacting me about the national fostering stocktake report, “Foster Care in England”. Fostering provides stability, a safe and loving home and an alternative family environment for look-after children. One of the essential messages from the report is that foster care is working for many vulnerable children and young people, and I think…

Supporting Deaf Children

Thank you for contacting me about supporting deaf children. We all want every child to have the best start in life. It is important that young people with disabilities can access the services they need for a good education. Helping children with sensory impairments to reach their potential is a priority. I am encouraged that…

Early Years Education

Thank you for contacting me about the quality of early education and the early years workforce. As you rightly point out, high quality early education is vital and it is especially important for improving the life chances for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. A good early years education is the cornerstone of improving social mobility. I…

School Funding

Thank you for contacting me about school funding. More money is going into our schools than ever before and school funding is at a record high. The core schools budget has increased to £42.4 billion this year and is set to rise to £43.5 billion in 2019-20. This follows the additional £1.3 billion of funding…

Staying Put

Thank you for contacting me about the ‘Staying Put’ scheme. Foster carers and those providing ‘Staying Put’ arrangements play a vital role in supporting some of our most vulnerable children and young people. The cross-government care leaver strategy stressed the commitment to the ‘Staying Put’ scheme. Colleagues in the Department for Education are keen to…

Children’s Services Funding

Thank you for contacting me about the ‘The Children’s Society ‘Turning the Tide’ report in conjunction with Action for Children and National Children’s Bureau. Local authorities receive funding through local taxes, fees and charges, as well as from central government. They make decisions on spending for social care for children and young people based on…

Further Education Funding

Thank you for contacting me about further education colleges.  I believe that every young person should have access to an excellent education and further education colleges play a vital role in the education system. The last Spending Review included measures to protect the base rate of funding for 16 to 19 year olds until 2020.…

Asbestos in Schools

There have been a number of written questions submitted to the Minister for Schools regarding asbestos in schools in recent weeks, I include these below. I hope that the Department of Education will continue its work to remove asbestos from all schools and provide schools with the vital funding they need to do this. To…

Compulsory RSE

I think that relationship and sex education should be compulsory. I would stress that it has to be first and foremost about relationships and of course to be age-appropriate. It is about far more than ‘plumbing and prevention’. I quite understand that many parents wish to broach these subjects with their children themselves. However, we…