Topical Questions Debate

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Department: Department for Education

Topical Questions
Joseph Johnson Excerpts
Monday 11th December 2017

(2 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Education
Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South) (Lab) Hansard
11 Dec 2017, 3:20 p.m.

Friday’s National Audit Office report on the higher education market is hugely damaging. It says that the market is failing students and that such practice anywhere else would raise questions of mis-selling. Meanwhile, the Student Loans Company is in crisis. This is all under the watch of the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. What does he say now to the NAO?

The Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation (Joseph Johnson) Hansard
11 Dec 2017, 3:20 p.m.

The National Audit Office rightly pointed out that students want value for money, which has been the guiding objective of our entire suite of HE reform programmes. That is why we have set up the Office for Students, which will ensure that universities are held to account for the teaching quality and value for money that they deliver to our students.

Tom Pursglove Portrait Tom Pursglove (Corby) (Con) - Hansard

T4. The Secretary of State is absolutely right to shout about the fact that 1.9 million more children are now in good or outstanding schools, including in Corby and east Northamptonshire. That equates to 87% of children in such schools now, compared with 66% in 2010. Does the Minister agree that that is real progress and not, as some have suggested, the result of an increase in the school-age population? [902872]

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Eddie Hughes Portrait Eddie Hughes (Walsall North) (Con) - Hansard
11 Dec 2017, 3:29 p.m.

Figures released recently by the right hon. Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy) show that the proportion of students in my constituency who get the top grades and go to top universities is lower than in the south-east of the country. What action can the Government take to address that inequality?

Joseph Johnson Hansard

Data published by UCAS today shows that the 18-year-old entry rate to full-time education in Walsall North has increased by 54% compared with 2006. In our last guidance to the director of fair access, we asked that areas with the poorest progression to university received particular attention.

Louise Haigh (Sheffield, Heeley) (Lab) - Hansard

T8. A maintained primary school in my constituency has received over 20 pupils in year from a local academy because of their permanent exclusion, or because they have been pushed out due to the risk of a permanent exclusion. What more can the Department and local authorities do to disincentivise academies from excluding pupils and pushing them on to maintained primaries? [902876]