Sir Edward Davey Written Questions

Questions to Department for Education tabled by Sir Edward Davey


Date Title Questioner
20 Feb 2018, 4:44 p.m. Supply Teachers Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing (a) a code of conduct for teacher supply agencues, (b) licenses for teacher supply agencies and (c) routine inspection of supply teaching.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Department is working with the Crown Commercial Service to develop a commercial agreement for supply teachers, which is expected to be available for schools to use from September 2018. The contract will require suppliers to accept new terms and conditions developed in line with best practice recruitment in the education sector.

It is for schools to ensure they are satisfied with the quality of the supply teachers they use. Ofsted inspects the quality of education, including teaching, pupil attainment and assessment in a school.

30 Jan 2018, 5:50 p.m. Schools: Finance Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to his Answer of 7 December 2018 to Question 117413 on Schools: Finance, how many disapplication requests for the ring-fenced dedicated schools grant his Department received from local authorities for the financial year 2018-19.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

To date, for the 2018/19 funding year, there have been forty-eight requests to disapply the Dedicated Schools Grant conditions of grant in relation to the movement of funding out of the schools block. Nineteen of these requests have since been withdrawn.

30 Jan 2018, 5:36 p.m. Dedicated Schools Grant: Kingston upon Thames Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when his Department plans to make a decision on whether to grant the request from Kingston Borough Council to disapply guidelines on the ring-fenced dedicated schools grant for the 2018-19 financial year.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has already made decisions on some cases and the relevant local authorities have been informed. We are still reviewing the other cases received, and will give local authorities a decision shortly. Each request requires detailed review against the criteria issued in August 2017 and in some cases further information has been needed, on matters such as school forum decisions and local consultation, before a decision can be taken.

Local authorities are required to issue budgets to all their maintained schools by 28 February 2018, and we have committed to ensuring that all decisions on disapplications are communicated in time for local authorities to meet that deadline.

22 Jan 2018, 5:42 p.m. Schools: Finance Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to make a decision on whether to grant the requests he has received from councils to disapply guidelines on the ring-fenced dedicated schools grant for the 2018-18 financial year.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has already made decisions on some cases and the relevant local authorities (LA) have been informed. We are still reviewing the other cases received, and will give LA's a decision shortly. Each request requires detailed review against the criteria issued in August 2017 and in some cases further information has been needed, on matters such as school forum decisions and local consultation, before a decision can be taken.

LA's are required to issue budgets to all their maintained schools by 28 February, and we have committed to ensuring that all decisions on disapplications are communicated in time for LA's to meet that deadline.

13 Dec 2017, 5:21 p.m. Schools: Census Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress is being made on the review of parents’ right to retract nationality and country of birth data submitted through the school census; and whether parents will still be able to retract this data by responding that they refused in the Spring census.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

Parents will remain able to retract nationality and country of birth information previously submitted through the school census for the remainder of the current academic year.

13 Dec 2017, 5:20 p.m. Pupils: Nationality Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Memorandum of Understanding between her Department and the Home Office published in December 2015, whether nationality data is used in the data-matching process that matches her Department's records with Home Office records submitted to it.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

Nationality data is not used in the data matching process that matches Department for Education data with the Home Office.

The current Memorandum of Understanding between the Department and the Home Office, which was revised in October 2016, is in the House Library.

7 Dec 2017, 5:18 p.m. Schools: Finance Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities have requested permission to disapply guidelines on the ring-fenced dedicated schools grant for the financial year 2018-19; and what is the disapplication each wishes to make.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

We are still in the process of collating and categorising requests from local authorities for disapplication from the school finance regulations for the 2018-19 financial year. The information requested by the Rt hon. member for Kingston and Surbiton will not be available until approximately mid-December.

7 Dec 2017, 5:18 p.m. Schools: Finance Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities (a) submitted a request to disapply regulations (b) had a request to disapply regulations granted and (c) disapplied regulations relating to the ring-fenced dedicated schools grant in each of the last three financial years.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

We are still in the process of collating and categorising requests from local authorities for disapplication from the school finance regulations for the 2018-19 financial year. The information requested by the Rt hon. member for Kingston and Surbiton will not be available until approximately mid-December.

24 Nov 2017, 12:10 p.m. Schools: Greater London Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policies of the finding in the London Councils' Ask the Parents: the Fifth Year Survey, published in November 2017, that 35 per cent of parents in London have been asked to make financial contributions to their school.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

In July 2017 we announced an additional £1.3 billion for schools and high needs across 2018-19 and 2019-20, in addition to the schools budget set at Spending Review 2015. This means funding per pupil for schools and high needs will be maintained in real terms for the next two years.

Nothing in legislation prevents a school from asking for voluntary contributions for the benefit of the school or any school activities and this is a matter for schools. However, no parent is required to make a contribution to their child’s education. The rules are clear and no policies have been introduced by this government to allow schools to charge for education provided during school hours and this includes the supply of any materials or equipment.

15 Nov 2017, 5:34 p.m. Teachers: Recruitment Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much schools have spent on advertising for teacher posts in each of the last five years.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Department does not have the specific data requested but it is committed to helping schools recruit teachers as efficiently as possible. We have therefore begun to develop a teacher vacancy site that will enable schools to recruit teachers without paying for advertising.

15 Nov 2017, 5:34 p.m. Teachers: Recruitment Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) schools and (b) colleges have spent on private sector recruitment and search agencies for teacher recruitment in each in each of the last five years.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Department does not have the specific data requested but it is committed to helping schools recruit teachers as efficiently as possible. We have therefore begun to develop a teacher vacancy site that will enable schools to recruit teachers without paying for advertising.

15 Nov 2017, 5:34 p.m. Teachers: Recruitment Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, published in March 2016, what the timetable is for the launch of the national teacher vacancy website; and if she will make a statement.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Department is undertaking user research with head teachers, school business managers and recruitment staff as well as returning, aspiring and newly qualified teachers, to strengthen its understanding of the issues schools face when advertising teacher vacancies and the challenges teachers have finding and applying for jobs. The Department is using this information in the development and design of a new national teacher vacancy service. We are currently at an early stage of prototyping the new service and testing, to ensure the service meets the needs of users. Depending on the outcome of this development phase, we could expect to start building a service early in 2018. We will provide further details in due course.

15 Nov 2017, 5:29 p.m. Teachers: Recruitment Sir Edward Davey

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support her Department has provided to local authorities to aid recruitment of teachers and temporary supply teachers.

Answer (Nick Gibb)

The Department is in the planning stage of a new commercial framework designed to help schools with the sourcing of supply teachers. The framework will be aimed at providing improved terms and conditions, promoting better agency conduct and offering improved pricing for schools. As part of the development of the framework we have engaged with a variety of stakeholders, including schools and local authorities. It is anticipated that the new supply teacher framework will be available in September 2018.