English language learning for refugees

I understand the concerns about support for refugees, and agree that English language funding is vital for ensuring that refugees can integrate into British society. That is why I welcome the Government’s recent green paper, which sets out an ambitious Integrated Communities Strategy with English language learning at its forefront.

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Asbestos in schools

The safety of pupils and staff is of paramount importance to the Department for Education (DfE). Ministers are committed to supporting local authorities, schools and academy trusts to meet their obligation to manage asbestos safely. The Health and Safety Executive’s expert advice recommends that if asbestos is unlikely to be

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Childcare Voucher Scheme

I share the belief that childcare is a vital provision that helps children and families across this country. I am glad that the Government is investing more in childcare than ever before. Tax-Free Childcare will be available to over 2 million households to help with the cost of childcare. Working

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Faith schools

The Prime Minister has made clear that the Government is dedicated to making Britain a fairer society where success is based on merit not privilege, and that education lies at the heart of that mission. In September 2016 a consultation was launched asking for views on a range of proposals

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EBacc and the creative arts

I believe that every child should have access to the best opportunities in Britain, and this means having access to study the key subjects that provide the knowledge and skills young people need to succeed and leave school ready for life in modern Britain. I am very pleased that Ministers

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Further Education

Further education is key to ensuring our workforce is equipped with the skills our economy needs, and I very much support the excellent work of Boston College in our area. The Government wants employers to take a leading role in establishing a post-16 skills system that is responsive to local

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Holidays during school term time

I do appreciate that parents can find it difficult to have holidays with their children during school holidays, and also that the cost of going away can be higher at this time. I also recognise that many people in our area are seasonal workers, which can affect when they can

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