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Education: Standards

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to encourage and improve (a) individual, (b) parental and (c) community responsibility in improving education standards. (253804)

It is important that individuals, parents and schools should all take responsibility for improvements in educational standards. In fact this is essential if the nation is to get a proper return on the large and growing investment in education in the early years and in schools, colleges and universities. Education standards have risen greatly over the past decade, thanks in part to the partnership between the education system and the young people whom it exists to support, but there is more to do. The Children’s Plan set out the Government’s commitment to put children and young people, their families and their communities at the heart of everything we do. Partnership with parents is a unifying theme of the Children’s Plan, and the chapter entitled “Excellence and Equity” sets out further steps the Government are taking to extend and deepen this partnership, and to respond to the views of pupils themselves. It is also vital to raise educational aspirations at both family and community level, and the recently announced cross-Government project “Inspiring Communities” is one example of how this vision is being carried forward.