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Written Question
Apprentices: Taxation
7 Feb 2020

Questioner: Gillian Keegan (CON - Chichester)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 15 January 2020, Official Report column 1017, when he plans to make an announcement on changes to the apprenticeship levy.

Answered by Michelle Donelan

We continue to engage with employers on the working of the apprenticeship levy. We are committed to improving the apprenticeship programme to ensure it continues to deliver the skilled workforce that employers need. We will set out further detail on this in due course.


Written Question
Football: Females
19 Mar 2019

Questioner: Gillian Keegan (CON - Chichester)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of adding football to the PE curriculum for girls.

Answered by Nadhim Zahawi

The national curriculum for PE is designed to ensure that all pupils develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time and lead healthy and active lives. The requirements do not differentiate in relation to gender.

Schools are free to organise and deliver a diverse and challenging PE curriculum that suits the needs of all of their pupils. In doing so, they must have regard to their duties under the Equality Act (2010). The government guidance on the Equality Act makes it clear that, while an exception in the act allows for the provision of single-sex sporting activities, the school would still have to allow girls equal opportunities to participate in comparable sporting activities.

Football is a popular sport in schools. Data from the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey 2017/18 reported that 31% of pupils – boys and girls - took part in football at least once a week at school.

Our cross-government school sport and activity action plan will consider ways to ensure that all children have access to quality, protected PE and sport sessions during the school week and opportunities to be physically active throughout the school day. It will be published in spring 2019.


Written Question
Higher Education: Standards
11 Mar 2019

Questioner: Gillian Keegan (CON - Chichester)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to improve quality and choice in higher education.

Answered by Chris Skidmore

The department has established a new regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), and has given it the legislative powers and a clear remit to create the conditions in which the interests of students are consistently prioritised, and in which a diversity of high quality institutions can thrive. The OfS holds providers to account for delivering well-designed courses that offer successful outcomes for all of their students.

The department is taking a number of steps to enhance the information, advice and guidance available to anyone considering higher education. In particular:

  • We have introduced the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework to provide students with reliable information about the quality of teaching and outcomes they can expect from different institutions.
  • Through the Higher Education Open Data Competition, we are supporting the development of new, innovative digital tools to help provide information to prospective students on graduate outcomes.
  • We are working with the OfS to redesign the higher education course comparison website, Unistats, by autumn 2019.

Written Question
Apprentices
19 Mar 2018

Questioner: Gillian Keegan (CON - Chichester)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to promote apprenticeships.

Answered by Anne Milton

The department’s latest apprenticeship marketing campaign features digital advertising, radio, and social media to encourage employers across England to offer high quality apprenticeships, and individuals to take advantage of these opportunities.

Our recent National Apprenticeship Week, with hundreds of events throughout the country, celebrated apprenticeships working for employers and individuals of all ages and backgrounds.