Top PDF House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-0163, 2 July 2018: Speech, language and communication support for children

House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-0163, 2 July 2018: Speech, language and communication support for children

House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-0163, 2 July 2018: Speech, language and communication support for children

The pilot proposals were tested with the expert working group (EWG) commissioned by the government to look at how to improve mental health support for looked after and previously looked after children and young people. They will take forward the group’s recommendations on assessment of need. The EWG consisted of looked after and previously looked after children and young people, their carers (including foster and adoptive parents) and professionals from the health, social care, academic and voluntary sectors. This included, amongst others, representatives from the Care Leavers Association, the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, the Fostering Network, the British Psychological Society and Coram Voice. In addition, the proposals were tested with the Children in Care Alliance – a coalition of organisations that work to support children in care and care leavers.
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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 have been asking local headteachers what the new funding formula will mean for their school. Some have already cut teachers and support staff. One of my schools has lost 26% of its teaching staff. Others see redundancies next year as inevitable. Schools are cutting back on the curriculum; one has removed drama and cut back on modern foreign languages and music. All are now having to use school budgets to pay for shared support services, such as special educational needs outreach, educational psychology and family support services, which were once provided by Liverpool City Council. Others are forced to ask parents for money to make their budgets work. This is a catastrophe and will further disadvantage those pupils who already face barriers. This Queen’s Speech will do nothing to help my constituents who need to be safe from gun crime or who want their children to have a fair chance in education. It is the last desperate effort of a Government who seek only to cling on to office. We will make sure that they do not.
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House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-0243, 13 November 2018: Anti-bullying week

House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-0243, 13 November 2018: Anti-bullying week

The DfE’s Preventing and Tackling Bullying guidance includes links to further information and support organisations (see last section). Coram’s Child Law Advice centre provides information for parents whose children have been bullied (they also have an advice line). The Anti-Bullying Alliance provide advice for parents and carers, including further contacts for individual advice.

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House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-0265, 3 December 2018: Mental health and wellbeing in schools

House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CDP-0265, 3 December 2018: Mental health and wellbeing in schools

Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price, 12 November 2018 Work on developing mental health support teams for school’s forms part of the work to implement the proposals set out in the Green Paper, ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’. The first wave of recruitment for the Educational Mental Health Practitioners who will form part of these teams is now under way and 210 people will take their places on specialist training courses from January 2019. These trainees will start working in schools during 2019. The initial local areas, or trailblazer sites, that will trial the Green Paper proposals will be announced by the end of the year. As stated in the Green Paper, we plan to roll out the teams to between a fifth and a quarter of the country by 2022/23.
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House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CPD-2017-0121, 21 April 2017, School Funding in the North East of England

House of Commons Library: Debate pack: Number CPD-2017-0121, 21 April 2017, School Funding in the North East of England

My Lords, through our careful management of the economy, we have protected the core schools budget in real terms. In 2017-18, schools will have more funding than ever—over £40 billion—set to rise to £42 billion by 2020. The IFS analysis shows that per pupil funding in 2020 will be over 50% higher in real terms than in 2000. While we know schools are facing pressures, we know that there is scope for schools to become more efficient and we are supporting them to achieve this. 21 Mar 2017 | Oral questions - Lead | Answered | House of Lords | 782 cc149-151

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House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper Number 7096: 2 July 2019: Poverty in the UK: statistics

House of Commons Library: Briefing Paper Number 7096: 2 July 2019: Poverty in the UK: statistics

judgement about what constitutes minimum needs. Successive governments have argued there is no single, objective way of determining what constitutes a minimum acceptable income for a particular person or family, although independent researchers have made a number of attempts. Section 2 of Library Research Paper 13/1, Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill, 2013 , gives an overview of the debate. One such attempt is a major annual research project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which estimates Minimum Income Standards (MIS) for different household types in the UK. This involves in- depth consultation with members of the public, combined with expert knowledge, to identify the level of income required to meet a minimum acceptable standard of living: “having what you need in order to have the opportunities and choices necessary to participate in society.” The first findings were published in 2008 and are updated each year. 38
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 07388, 19 December 2018: Language teaching in schools (England)

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 07388, 19 December 2018: Language teaching in schools (England)

As noted in section 2.1, the 2011 Ofsted report identified good teaching in two thirds of the lessons observed in primary school, with primary teachers’ subject knowledge and their teaching methods described as predominantly good. Some weaknesses lay in the assessment, and the monitoring and evaluation of provision, often because school leaders did not feel competent enough to judge language provision. The 2011 report stated that in many of the secondary schools visited, opportunities for students to listen to and communicate in the target language were often limited by many teachers’ unpreparedness to use it, and that teaching in Key Stage 4 was focused on achieving good examination results, but this did not always prepare students sufficiently for study at a more advanced level, post-16. However, teaching and learning were good in most of the post-16 providers visited, and the relatively small numbers of students on modern language courses achieved well. 11
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number CBP08249, 26 October 2018: Support for care leavers

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number CBP08249, 26 October 2018: Support for care leavers

Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR): the SAR limits the amount of Housing Benefit a single person can claim to the equivalent of the cost of a room in a shared house for claimants under 35 years of age. There is an exemption for claimants under the age of 22 who were formerly in social services care. This allows care leavers some leeway to become settled and move into work or establish links whereby they could share accommodation with others. The SAR originally applied to single claimants up to age 25 but was extended to under 35-year-olds in January 2012. The exemption was not extended to care leavers aged over 21. The Children’s Society has lobbied for the exemption to be extended to care leavers aged up to 25:
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 07058, 4 July 2018: Learning disability: overview of policy and services

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 07058, 4 July 2018: Learning disability: overview of policy and services

A significant number of the recommendations have been achieved. We now know how many people are in inpatient settings, where they are and who is responsible for them. NHS England has introduced Care and Treatment Reviews for everyone in inpatient settings, with a multi-disciplinary team from health and social care, alongside Experts by Experience. 181 people are benefitting from £7m DH capital funding to support people inappropriately placed in inpatient settings to move to more suitable housing. We have strengthened the accountability and corporate responsibility arrangements to assure the quality and safety of care services. A duty of candour which requires providers to inform service users where there are failings in care came into force for NHS providers last November, and will be extended to all other providers registered with the Care Quality Commission in this April. A fit and proper person’s test which requires providers to ensure that Directors are fit to carry out their role came into force last November for NHS providers in NHS Trusts, foundation trusts and special health authorities. All other providers will be required to comply by this April. The introduction of the forthcoming statutory offences of ill-treatment or wilful neglect will also send a clear message throughout the health and care system that intentionally poor care will never be tolerated. We have new guidance on minimising restrictive interventions and work is underway to improve data about the use of restraint. A more rigorous registration, assessment and inspection approach is in place for learning disability services. The Care Act 2014
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 07272, 2 November 2018: Summer-born children: starting school

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 07272, 2 November 2018: Summer-born children: starting school

The relevant paragraphs from the Code state (emphasis in original): Admission of children outside their normal age group 2.17 Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. In addition, the parents of a summer born child* may choose not to send that child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted out of their normal age group – to reception rather than year 1. Admission authorities must make clear in their admission arrangements the process for requesting admission out of the normal age group.
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number CBP08198, 10 January 2018: Advertising to children

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number CBP08198, 10 January 2018: Advertising to children

We’re alive to these concerns. The issue of food and drink advertising to children is an important one and a key focus of our policy and enforcement work. Importantly, the protection of children sits at the heart of our work, and reflecting this there are strict, product specific rules, including for food and soft drinks. For instance, they can prompt concerns about their impact and whether they have the potential to be harmful or irresponsible. It’s these concerns that have generated an ongoing debate around food advertising and children.

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House of Commons Library briefing paper : Number 7647, 11 July 2019 : Early Intervention

House of Commons Library briefing paper : Number 7647, 11 July 2019 : Early Intervention

The common thread between different definitions is their focus on the importance of early support for children and their families, to improve children’s later life chances, health and wellbeing. Recognising the importance of the very early years, this briefing paper looks specifically at policies directed at parents and children from conception up to age five, and focusses on targeted programmes. Also examined is the role of local authority children’s services and the Trouble Families Programme. Although these are not focused solely on the under-fives they have a significant role in supporting this age group. For example, local authorities have a significant role in intervening early in the lives of vulnerable children. Of the 32,000 children who started to be looked after in 2015, 35% were younger than five. 2 Similarly around half of the
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7436, 2 February 2017: Reform of support for healthcare students in England

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 7436, 2 February 2017: Reform of support for healthcare students in England

NHS Bursaries are paid in line with rules known as the NHS Bursary Scheme, which is administered in England by the NHS Business Services Authority. Although administered by the Business Services Authority, the Health Secretary retains overall responsibility for the scheme. In 2011, substantial changes were made to the scheme for students starting courses from September 2012. The rules of the scheme therefore vary depending on when a student started their course. This briefing provides information about NHS Bursaries for nurses, midwifes, and allied health professionals in England only. Support for medical and dental students is covered in a separate briefing: Support for medical students in England in 2014/15 and 2015/16.
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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 6700, 17 April 2018: The Pupil Premium

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 6700, 17 April 2018: The Pupil Premium

Virtual school heads are responsible for managing Pupil Premium funding for children currently looked after by the local authority and for allocating it to schools and alternative provision settings. They can pass on the full funding received in respect of a child to the relevant school or alternative provider, but are not required to do so. For example, some funding can be pooled to pay for activities that will benefit a group of or all of an

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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 8389, 19 September 2018: Returns to a degree

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 8389, 19 September 2018: Returns to a degree

And let us not forget the many related benefits that higher education offers. University provides the ability to think critically, analyse and present evidence – the skills that future leaders in business, the third and public sectors often so desperately need. The same CBI/Pearson survey demonstrates the value employers place on graduate skills, with more than two-thirds either satisfied or very satisfied with communication, team working and technical skills as well as analysis and problem solving skills and positive attitude to work.

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House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 07020, 20 April 2018: Special Educational Needs: support in England

House of Commons Library: Briefing paper: Number 07020, 20 April 2018: Special Educational Needs: support in England

Young people and parents of children who have EHC Plans have the right to request a Personal Budget, which may contain elements of education, social care and health funding. A Personal Budget is an amount of money identified by the local authority to deliver provision set out in an EHC Plan where the parent or young person is involved in securing that provision. Local authorities must provide information on Personal Budgets as part of the local offer. Personal Budgets are optional for the child’s parent or the young person but local authorities are under a duty to prepare a budget when requested. 9
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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

curricular activities for pupils, which may include initiatives designed to encourage journeys involving walking or cycling to and from school. Cycling proficiency is a core skill that if learnt at an early age can act as a strong incentive for children to remain active as they grow up. It is the Government’s aspiration that all children have the opportunity to learn to ride a bike and to support this aim - the Department for Transport is providing £50 million over the next four years to deliver cycling training for school children through the Bikeability training programme.
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UK Youth Parliament briefing 2016: Briefing Paper: Number CBP 7717, 29 September 2016

UK Youth Parliament briefing 2016: Briefing Paper: Number CBP 7717, 29 September 2016

It has somehow been routine for Education Ministers to come to this place to make the case against the inclusion of a particular new requirement in the national curriculum. Such proposals, like the one in this Bill, are often supported by a persuasive argument, but their sheer number means that I start from a position of caution…Some of those proposals are niche, to say the least, but when made they all have a strong and persuasive argument behind them, with support from a strong campaign. If we were to include each of them in the national curriculum, we would have to ask what they displace, how we account for the time and how things develop. If the Government were to tell schools that they should teach about [all these issues], we would be prescribing a very long list of specific content that should be covered, which would be unproductive. It could lead to a tick-box approach…that does not properly address the most important issues. 72
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House of Commons Library briefing paper : Number 0616, 31 July 2019 : Oxford 'elitism'

House of Commons Library briefing paper : Number 0616, 31 July 2019 : Oxford 'elitism'

Interest in the background of students who go to Oxford and Cambridge is nothing new. The 1852 Royal Commissions on both universities identified access by poorer students as an important and longstanding issue. The debate about elitism at Oxford and Cambridge has tended to focus on a single indicator –the proportion of students from state schools- and particularly whether it has gone up or down in the latest year. This gives a limited view. A fuller picture needs more context, including longer term trends in this indicator, rates of entry for other under-represented groups, data on other prestigious universities and a better understanding of the types of state schools that send pupils to Oxbridge. The latest statistics on entry can be viewed at:
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House of Commons: Debate pack: Number CDP-2017-0156, 06 September 2017: 16 to 19 Education Funding

House of Commons: Debate pack: Number CDP-2017-0156, 06 September 2017: 16 to 19 Education Funding

In the March Budget, the Government committed to increasing the number of programme hours of training for 16-19 year olds on technical routes by more than 50% to over 900 hours a year on average, including the completion of a high quality industry work placement during the programme. To ensure the routes are well designed, and colleges properly prepared, funding will be increased in line with this roll out, with over £500 million of additional funding invested per year once routes are fully implemented.

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