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Education

Volume 742: debated on Monday 18 December 2023

T-levels

The following is an extract from Education questions on 11 December 2023.

Not content with being in the anti-apprenticeship party, given her plans to weaken the apprenticeship levy and halve the number of apprenticeships, the hon. Lady is also taking on the mantle of T-level denier. We have 18 T-levels; we have, as I mentioned, a 90.5% pass rate; we have 10,000 students doing our T-level programme; and we expect the data that we will release early next year to show that many thousands more students are doing the T-level programme.

[Official Report, 11 December 2023, Vol. 742, c. 597.]

Letter of correction from the Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education, the right hon. Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon):

An error has been identified in the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Feltham and Heston (Seema Malhotra). The correct answer should have been:

Not content with being in the anti-apprenticeship party, given her plans to weaken the apprenticeship levy and halve the number of apprenticeships, the hon. Lady is also taking on the mantle of T-level denier. We have 18 T-levels; we have, as I mentioned, a 90.5% pass rate; we have 10,000 students doing our T-level programme in the 2022 cohort; and we expect the data that we will release early next year to show that many thousands more students are doing the T-level programme.

After-school Childcare: Long-term Educational Outcomes

The following is an extract from Education questions on 11 December 2023.

In October, the Government announced the allocation of £289 million of start-up funding to local authorities for wraparound care, which we know supports parents to work, as well as having the potential to improve attainment, engagement and attendance.

[Official Report, 11 December 2023, Vol. 742, c. 597.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Education, the hon. Member for Wantage (David Johnston):

An error has been identified in the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Elliot Colburn). The correct answer should have been:

In October, the Government announced the allocation of £289 million of start-up and expansion funding to local authorities for wraparound care, which we know supports parents to work, as well as having the potential to improve attainment, engagement and attendance.

Pupils with SEN and Disabilities

The following is an extract from Education questions on 11 December 2023.

We are investing £2.6 billion to transform the special educational needs and alternative provision system. That has included a 36% increase in funding to Birmingham, where the timeliness of EHCPs has been getting better each year between 2020 and 2022.

[Official Report, 11 December 2023, Vol. 742, c. 600.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Education, the hon. Member for Wantage (David Johnston):

An error has been identified in the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Mrs Hamilton). The correct answer should have been:

We are investing £2.6 billion in capital funding to transform the special educational needs and alternative provision system, and there is a 36% increase in revenue funding to Birmingham, where the timeliness of EHCPs has been getting better each year between 2020 and 2022.

Higher Education Institutions: International Students

The following are extracts from Education questions on 11 December 2023.

As I said to the hon. Lady, we have something like 689,000 international students and our target is 600,000 a year.

[Official Report, 11 December 2023, Vol. 742, c. 605.]

Letter of correction from the Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education, the right hon. Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon):

An error has been identified in my answer to the hon. Member for Llanelli (Dame Nia Griffith). The correct answer should have been:

As I said to the hon. Lady, we have almost 680,000 international students and our target is 600,000 a year.

I am absolutely committed to the target of 600,000. As I said in response to the previous question, we have surpassed that, with well over 680,000 students.

[Official Report, 11 December 2023, Vol. 742, c. 606.]

Letter of correction from the Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education, the right hon. Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon):

An error has been identified in my answer to the hon. Member for Warwick and Leamington (Matt Western). The correct answer should have been:

I am absolutely committed to the target of 600,000. As I said in response to the previous question, we have surpassed that, with almost 680,000 students.