Department for Education

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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Secretary of State

Gavin Williamson
Secretary of State for Education

Ministers of State
Michelle Donelan - Minister of State (Education)
Nick Gibb - Minister of State (Education)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Vicky Ford - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
Gillian Keegan - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
Baroness Berridge - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

16 Jan 2021, 7:10 p.m.
If your child is eligible for free school meals, your school might provide support through the National Voucher Scheme. You can redeem your eCode for an eGift card at the supermarkets below. More info about the scheme: https://t.co/8ZgZSAZZqH https://t.co/vjHUgSQEj2 - Link
16 Jan 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Schools will provide support for children eligible for free school meals through either lunch parcels, vouchers arranged locally, or the National Voucher Scheme. Here’s what parents need to know about the National Voucher Scheme, which starts from Monday. https://t.co/KxXamGH9gi - Link
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Department for Education Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

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.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Nov. 23 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
May. 13 Urgent Questions Covid-19: School Reopening
Dec. 17 Written Statements Educational Settings: January 2021 Return and Funding
Jan. 13 Westminster Hall School Closures: Support for Pupils
Dec. 17 Adjournment Debate Free Sanitary Products in Schools
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Department for Education has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.


Department for Education - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
8 Jan 2021
In Force
31 Jan 2021
Department for Education School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend the School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Amendment Regulations”).
Laid
8 Jan 2021
In Force
29 Jan 2021
Department for Education Education and Inspections Act 2006 (Prescribed Education and Training etc) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (Prescribed Education and Training etc) Regulations 2007.
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Petitions addressed by Department for Education

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
353,129
Petition Closed

Reimburse all students of this year’s fees due to strikes and COVID-19

Gov Responded - 5 Jun 2020 Debated on - 16 Nov 2020
23 Sep 2020
closed 3 months, 3 weeks ago

All students should be reimbursed of this years tuition fees as universities are now online only due to COVID-19, with only powerpoints online for learning materials which is not worthy of up to £9,250. Furthermore, all assessments are being reconsidered to ‘make do’ and build up credits.

268,226
c. 1,185 added daily
282,455
(Estimated)

Require universities to partially refund tuition fees for 20/21 due to Covid-19

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 24 Sep 2020 Debated on - 16 Nov 2020
29 Jan 2021
closes in 1 week, 4 days

The quality of online lectures is not equal to face-to-face lectures. Students should not have to pay full tuition fees for online lectures, without experiencing university life. The Government should require UK universities to partially refund tuition fees while online teaching is implemented.

208,942
c. 945 added daily
240,105
(Estimated)

Cancel GCSEs and A Levels in 2021

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 20 Oct 2020 Debated on - 7 Dec 2020
19 Feb 2021
closes in 1 month

The Government should cancel GCSEs and A Levels in 2021 due to the disruption of Covid-19. By the time students go back to normal learning, 6 months will have passed since schools were closed to most pupils. This has already had a huge impact on the studying of so many.

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Department for Education Select Committee

Department for Education Select Committee Home Page

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.


Department for Education Publications


Department for Education Written Questions

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.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
15 Jan 2021, 5:23 p.m. Steve McCabe (Labour - Birmingham, Selly Oak) Steve McCabe (Labour - Birmingham, Selly Oak)

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) looked-after children and (b) care leavers can access (i) IT equipment and (ii) internet during the covid-19 lockdown announced in January 2021.

Answered by Vicky Ford - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)

The government is investing over £400 million to support access to remote education and online social care services, including securing 1.3 million laptops and tablets for disadvantaged children and young people. This includes over 700,000 laptops and tablets that were delivered to schools, academy trusts and local authorities by 11 January. We have published the latest data here:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/laptops-tablets-and-4g-wireless-routers-progress-data

We prioritised the delivery of devices for children receiving support from a social worker and care leavers during the summer term of the 2019/20 academic year. The Department delivered devices to local authorities, so that all children receiving support from a social worker and care leavers would have access to a device. These devices are the property of the local authority and they are responsible for their ongoing maintenance and support.

We have partnered with the UK’s leading mobile operators to provide free data to help disadvantaged children get online as well as delivering 54,000 4G wireless routers for pupils without connection at home. We are grateful to EE, O2, Smarty, Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Three, Virgin Mobile, and Vodafone. We continue to invite a range of mobile network providers to support the offer.

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