The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.
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Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.
|Jun. 24||Oral Questions||Oral Answers to Questions|
|Jul. 11||Topical Questions||Topical Questions|
|Jul. 16||Urgent Questions||Relationship Education in Schools|
|Jul. 16||Written Statements||Teacher Training|
|Jul. 17||Westminster Hall||Small and Village School Funding|
|Jul. 03||Adjournment Debate||Schools in Winchester|
Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.
At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.
|Aug. 16||Risk protection arrangement for academy trusts: membership rules||Guidance and Regulation|
|Aug. 15||Government welcomes more pupils studying science||News and Communications|
|Aug. 15||Education Secretary wishes pupils good luck with A level results||News and Communications|
Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.
Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.
|2 Aug 2019, 1:58 p.m.||Sign Language: Education||Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi|
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect of the cost of learning BSL on take up of those courses.
Answer (Mrs Kemi Badenoch)
The government currently provides funding for adult learners aged 19 and over to undertake British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications through the Adult Education Budget (AEB), up to and including level 2. BSL forms part of the flexible local offer (non-statutory) and qualifications are either fully funded (if the learner is unemployed or participating in the low wage trial) or co-funded depending on the age, prior achievement and employment status of the learner. BSL qualifications at level 3 and above can be funded through an Advanced Learner Loan.
We have not undertaken any recent assessment of the impact of costs on learners looking to participate in BSL courses, therefore we are unable provide a formal assessment of the impacts of cost on participation levels. However, the department publishes the National Aims Report showing the number of further education and skills enrolments by individual learning aim, broken down by different type of provision including BSL aims. Only aims with 50 or more enrolments per year are included in this report. This report can be found at the following link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/777927/FEandSkills-National-Aims-1718-Final_v2.xlsx.
From the start of the 2019/20 academic year approximately 50% of the AEB will be devolved to 6 Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and delegated to the Mayor of London acting through the Greater London Authority (GLA). From that date the MCAs/GLA will be responsible for commissioning and funding AEB provision for learners in their areas. The Education and Skills Funding Agency will be responsible for funding AEB provision, including BSL provision, for learners in non-devolved areas.