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House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-2017-0033, 30 January 2017: Funding for maintained nursery schools

House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-2017-0033, 30 January 2017: Funding for maintained nursery schools

There were differing views on the universal base rate from some types of providers. In particular, maintained nursery school (MNS) respondents noted that as a result of being constituted as schools, they had additional specific statutory responsibilities such as delivering teacher-led provision. The government recognises that MNS bear costs over and above other providers. For this reason, the government will provide supplementary funding of £55 million a year to local authorities for the duration of this Parliament. This will enable local authorities to maintain their current funding levels for MNS during the wider changes in early years funding, and ensure that the important contribution these schools make to the social mobility of young children in
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House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP 2017/0006, 9 January 2017: Funding from the soft drinks industry levy for sport in schools

House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP 2017/0006, 9 January 2017: Funding from the soft drinks industry levy for sport in schools

We know this funding is having an effect. Independent research found that the most common use for the PE and sport premium was to up-skill and train existing staff, and that since the introduction of the PE and sport premium there has been an increase in the number of schools with a specialist PE teacher from 30 per cent before the premium to 46 per cent in 2014/15. The research also found that 87% of schools reported that the quality of PE teaching had increased, and 84% that there had been an increase in pupil engagement in PE during curricular time, and in the levels of participation in extra-curricular activities. Schools also reported almost universally that the PE and sport premium had had a positive impact on physical fitness, healthy lifestyles, and the behaviour of pupils.
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House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-0167, 6 October 2017: Education funding in South Liverpool

House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-0167, 6 October 2017: Education funding in South Liverpool

I welcome the fact that the Liverpool settlement will mean more money for high-needs funding. There is, however, concern from the council and schools that that high-needs funding will not be available in time to alleviate the cuts in the schools block. What timescale do the Government envisage for full implementation of the new formula, particularly the high-needs funding element? As we know, early years education is vital to pupils’ life chances. I have two nursery schools in my constituency, Ellergreen and East Prescot Road, both of which have been rated outstanding by Ofsted. Both are very concerned about the Government’s plans for nursery school funding. I seek assurances from the Minister that long-term funding for our nursery schools will be secure, so that they can continue their excellent work of providing quality early years education.
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House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-2017-0036, 31 January 2017: Implementation of the Prevent Strategy

House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-2017-0036, 31 January 2017: Implementation of the Prevent Strategy

Government’s approach. They failed to promote integration, and where they did promote it, they did so through the narrow prism of counter- terrorism. So we will do more than any Government before us to promote integration, including through teaching our history and values in our schools, through the national citizen service, and through other policies, but we will do so separately and differently from Prevent. The combined effect of this work and of the new Prevent strategy will be an unyielding fight against extremism, violent extremism and radicalisation. It is critical that agencies, Departments and local authorities work to a common set of Prevent objectives to deliver the outcomes that we want. Public funding for Prevent must be rigorously prioritised and comprehensively audited. The previous Government were far too lax in spending in this area, as they were in so many others. Let me reiterate that under this Government, public money will not be provided to extremist organisations. If organisations do not support the values of democracy, human rights, equality before the law, participation in society—if they do not accept these fundamental and universal values— we will not work with them and we will not fund them.
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 6972, 13 March 2017: Faith Schools in England: FAQs

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 6972, 13 March 2017: Faith Schools in England: FAQs

Maria Miller: My hon. Friend is right to raise this issue, which has been a concern for many of our constituents. I can confirm that nothing will change what children are taught. Teachers will be able to describe their belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, while acknowledging that same-sex marriage will be available. It is important to reassure people. There is a great deal of what perhaps one could call scaremongering. It is important that teachers and faith schools are aware that they will continue to enjoy the same situation as they do now. 13

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House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper: Number 07904, 21 February 2017: Constituency casework: schools in Wales

House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper: Number 07904, 21 February 2017: Constituency casework: schools in Wales

Members often receive enquiries from constituents about school-related matters. Many of these can be answered from readily available information on the internet or in standard publications. Where complex issues are raised it may be more appropriate to refer the constituent to specialist bodies and organisations or to a solicitor if legal advice is sought. This note gives a very brief overview of the structure of the state-maintained school system in Wales, including an outline of the different categories of schools, as often an answer to a school-related constituency question may depend upon the type of school in question. The note provides brief background and key sources on a selection of issues that are typically raised with Members by constituents. Members who have questions on topics not covered here may contact the Social Policy Section for information.
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House of Commons Library : Briefing paper : Number 07711, 17 January 2017 : Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Act 2017

House of Commons Library : Briefing paper : Number 07711, 17 January 2017 : Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Act 2017

Section 57 of the 2014 Act sets out the process for someone to follow if they wish to apply for a review of a decision made by HMRC that has affected them. Normally this must be made within 30 days of being notified of the decision, though section 58 allows HMRC to extend this time limit, if requested by the applicant. Clause 5(3)-(4) would amend sections 57 & 58, so that regulations may be made to specify the form and manner of these applications. “This will enable these requests to be required to be made digitally, except where the person is unable to do so, which will ensure consistency with the rest of the scheme.” 54
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 8110, 17th October 2017: 2017 UK Youth Parliament

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 8110, 17th October 2017: 2017 UK Youth Parliament

At present, families with young carers may be able to get additional help through the Severe Disability Premium (SDP), worth £62.45 a week (2017-18 rate). SDP is not a benefit in its own right but is an additional amount payable with certain means-tested benefits including income- related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). SDP is intended to give additional help to those severely disabled people who, because they live independently and do not have someone caring for them who receives Carer’s Allowance, are most likely to rely on bought-in care. SDP is not payable if there are other “non-dependants” residing with the person, but for these purposes anyone under 18, or aged 18-19 and qualifying for child benefit, does not count.
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7946, 11 April 2017: Millennials

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7946, 11 April 2017: Millennials

The prolonged period of low interest rates since 2008 does not only affect defined benefit schemes (requiring firms to divert more money into funding these schemes since the return on their investments is lower) but also increases the cost to younger workers of providing for their own retirement. Since they are receiving a lower rate of return on their pension savings, workers must save more in order to receive the same level of income that would have been expected under interest rates pre-recession. The OECD outlines the effects on defined contribution schemes:

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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7393, 14 June 2017: Higher education funding in England

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7393, 14 June 2017: Higher education funding in England

The Secretary of State writes to HEFCE around the turn of each year to set out funding, priorities, student numbers and related matters for the following financial year. Occasionally these letters cover more than one year and sometimes revised versions are published. The most recent full funding letter was published at the end of February 2017. It covered funding in 2017-18 and gave indicative allocations for the following year. All these funding letters from the mid-1990s onwards can be found at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/funding/annallocns/Archive/ The following table summarises HEFCE funding
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7308, 29 August 2017: Regional Schools Commissioners

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7308, 29 August 2017: Regional Schools Commissioners

considering how the education system should evolve to respond to the growth in the popularity and number of academies and free schools. Within government and the education sector there is a growing consensus that decision making should lie closer to academies and that those who have a track record of leading good schools should have a stronger role in shaping the system. To begin this shift in emphasis from decision-making in Whitehall to more involvement by schools at a regional level, we are appointing eight RSCs. The RSCs will be taking key decisions about academies on behalf of the Secretary of State, bringing their expertise and local knowledge into the decision making process. This change will not cut across existing accountability lines; accountability will remain with the Secretary of State. 2
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House of Commons Library : Briefing paper : Number 7905, 22 January 2017: Adult ESOL in England

House of Commons Library : Briefing paper : Number 7905, 22 January 2017: Adult ESOL in England

…the additional funding for English language training will mean all adults arriving through the scheme anywhere in the UK will receive an extra 12 hours a week of tuition, for up to 6 months. This is in addition to the language support already provided by local authorities, which is accessed by refugees within a month of their arrival and will assist families to integrate into their new communities more quickly and make it easier for them to seek and obtain work. 30

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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7070, 21 June 2017: Grammar schools in England

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7070, 21 June 2017: Grammar schools in England

It is this Government’s policy that all good and outstanding schools should be able to expand to offer excellent places to local students. The Weald of Kent Grammar School is one of the top performing schools in the country, with 99% of its students achieving five A*-C grades in GCSE exams in 2014, and 98% of sixth form students achieving at least 3 A-Levels at grades A*-E. The Weald of Kent Grammar School submitted a proposal for expansion in 2013. At that stage the then Secretary of State could not approve the proposal as an expansion because the proposal at that time was for a mixed sex annexe when the existing school was single sex. The school submitted a revised proposal in September 2015 under which girls will be educated on both sites alongside a mixed sex sixth form. I am satisfied that this proposal represents a genuine expansion of the existing school, and that there will be integration between the two sites in terms of leadership, management, governance, admissions and curriculum. I am also satisfied that the excellent quality of learning currently delivered will be replicated across the newly expanded school. I welcome the fact that the newly expanded school will better meet the needs of parents in the local area, with 41% of existing pupils at the Weald of Kent Grammar School already travelling from the Sevenoaks area.
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7581, 12 July 2017: Children: Introduction of 30 hours of free childcare in September 2017 (England)

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7581, 12 July 2017: Children: Introduction of 30 hours of free childcare in September 2017 (England)

Underfunding the 30 hours offer would lead to a smaller, less flexible market as providers (both for-profit and not-for-profit) either exit, reduce the breadth of services that they offer, take on fewer children, or refuse to offer the free hours (see for example NAHT 2015 and Gaunt 2015). This would reduce parental choice and potentially push up costs for paid hours or other services outside of the free offer, such as childcare for most under-3s, wraparound care and holiday care, while also pushing down quality. Families in poorer areas may be particularly adversely affected. Already faced with fewer local providers, some parents would experience reduced access to childcare, and less flexible provision, which would in turn impact upon their access to work, particularly to jobs that involve non-standard hours. 35
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 07236, 24 February 2017: Careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 07236, 24 February 2017: Careers guidance in schools, colleges and universities

A significant number of university degree courses now include employability skills and some include compulsory careers sessions. Many institutions also offer extra-curricular schemes to help students to develop the ‘soft skills’ which are valued by employers – some of these schemes lead to awards which students can include in their CVs. Since autumn 2012 universities have had to supply information on destinations and salaries of their recent graduates as part of their Key Information Set – this information allows prospective students to compare institutions by employability rates of graduates. Also the annual survey of Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) collects data on employment of graduates and university league tables use employability rates in their rankings. The availability of data on employability and graduate destinations makes the provision of good careers advice beneficial for both students and universities.
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 06072, 20 March 2017: School funding in England. Current system and proposals for 'fairer school funding'

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 06072, 20 March 2017: School funding in England. Current system and proposals for 'fairer school funding'

Academies also receive Education Services Grant (ESG) funding to cover the cost of services that local authorities would otherwise provide, for example, human resources and school improvement services. The November 2015 Spending Review announced that savings of around £600 million would be made via cuts to the ESG. In 2015-16, £564 million has been allocated via ESG, down from £717 million in 2014-15. Revenue funding for some free schools in their first year of opening is currently not included in the DSG. They get their funding directly from the EFA. However, the Government is changing this, making all free schools recoupable from their first year of opening. A consultation response published on 15 December 2016 provides more details on the rationale for this, and how this will work in practice. 4
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number CBP 7919, 10 March 2017: Spring Budget 2017: A summary

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number CBP 7919, 10 March 2017: Spring Budget 2017: A summary

Our latest estimate is that dividend income shifting increased 2016-17 SA receipts by £4.0 billion (higher than the initial estimate of £2.6 billion) but will reduce future receipts by £4.8 billion. This implies that pre-announcing the policy allowed taxpayers to reduce their bills by around £0.8 billion at the same cost to the Exchequer. HMRC analysis suggests that around one pound in seven of that saving benefited just 100 individuals who were able to withdraw dividends averaging £30 million each from their companies before the higher tax rate took effect. 44

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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number CBP 03052, 29 June 2017: Apprenticeships Policy in England: 2017

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number CBP 03052, 29 June 2017: Apprenticeships Policy in England: 2017

temporary agency worker on their payroll. Therefore these companies can have payrolls over the £3million threshold despite small number of staff working directly for the company. The REC argues that this means that small to medium sized recruiters, specialising in temporary agency workers, will be unfairly captured by the levy. The REC also argues that opportunities to take advantage of apprenticeships are limited for recruitment agencies specialising in temporary employees. This is because apprenticeships tend to last longer than agency workers are contracted for.

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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7345, 27 July 2017: Counter-extremism policy in English schools

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7345, 27 July 2017: Counter-extremism policy in English schools

…we’ve been in to some institutions in Birmingham where there were 30/40 youngsters being educated, living in the most appalling conditions, in a filthy environment where there was homophobic literature, misogynistic literature, anti-Semitic literature. Where the staff had not been vetted. So children are at risk, and at risk of abuse and at risk of radicalisation. Now, the Government is seriously concerned about that and wants Sunday schools and wants Madrassas and after school clubs to be registered. That won’t take a lot of time and we will not be inspecting every one of them but we will know that they exist. And if there are concerns, if whistle-blowers do tell us there’s an issue then we will go in and inspect. Our inspections will be proportionate. 25
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House of Commons Library : Briefing paper : Number 07714, 1 February 2017 : The Family Test

House of Commons Library : Briefing paper : Number 07714, 1 February 2017 : The Family Test

For instance, Caroline Ansell asked Departments about training they had provided on the Family Test. Tim Loughton has asked Departments about what guidance they had given to support the implementation of the Test. Nic Dakin has asked Departments what steps they have taken to embed the Family Test in policy making. Kate Green has asked Departments about the guidance they have provided on implementing Family Test, and the number of policies assessed against the Family Test. Many of the responses describe briefly what the Family Test is and refer to the guidance issued by DWP but provide little additional information. David Burrowes has asked several questions about the Family Test since its introduction; for example:
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