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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-12more like thismore than 2014-03-12
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Department for Education more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the empty property business rates for the vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS database owned by (a) his Department and (b) any executive agencies or non-departmental public bodies of his Department in the current financial year. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds Central more like this
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Hilary Benn more like this
star this property uin 191806 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-19more like thismore than 2014-03-19
star this property answer text <p>Since May 2010 the Department for Education has reduced the size of its estate from 30 properties, at a cost of circa £51 million per annum, to 11 properties costing circa £34 million per annum. This is a saving of circa £17 million per annum. The Department is planning to further reduce the size of the estate to 6 properties. This will achieve further annual savings to the Department of circa £2.5 million. The Department also plans to vacate Sanctuary Buildings at lease expiry in 2017.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Education, including the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), has the following vacant properties recorded on the e-PIMS property database.</p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p>Number of properties</p></td><td><p>Business Rates 13-14</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Department for Education</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>£79,010.25</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>£9,222.00</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The Department for Education properties are legacy Training and Enterprise Council (TEC) properties which became the Department's responsibility following the closure of the TEC in the early 2000s. The Department had successfully sub-let a number of facilities, although over the last three years some of the sub-tenants have operated lease break options and the properties are again vacant.</p><p> </p><p>These properties are advertised on the Government Property Unit's e-PIMS property database for use by other Government Departments and we are also marketing these facilities to the private sector, via letting agents, to secure new sub-tenants in order to mitigate costs, including business rates. The Department has offered all vacant properties listed above to the Government business incubator initiative and for free schools.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss remove filter
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less than 2014-03-19T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-19T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hilary Benn more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start centres have reduced the services they offer since May 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hammersmith more like this
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Mr Andy Slaughter more like this
star this property uin 192307 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
star this property answer text <p>Local authorities are responsible for, and retain the flexibility for, children's centres provision in their area. They have a statutory duty to consult if any changes are planned and to ensure there is a sufficient number of children's centres to meet the needs of their local communities.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 192314 more like this
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less than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Z
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4097
star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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1516
unstar this property label Biography information for Andy Slaughter more like this
43380
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start centres have fewer staff now than in May 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hammersmith more like this
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Mr Andy Slaughter more like this
star this property uin 192314 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
star this property answer text <p>Local authorities are responsible for, and retain the flexibility for, children's centres provision in their area. They have a statutory duty to consult if any changes are planned and to ensure there is a sufficient number of children's centres to meet the needs of their local communities.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN 192307 more like this
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less than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Z
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4097
star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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1516
unstar this property label Biography information for Andy Slaughter more like this
43526
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to expand the languages curriculum to encompass Urdu. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Pendle more like this
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Andrew Stephenson more like this
star this property uin 192434 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
star this property answer text <p>Schools are already able to choose which modern foreign languages they teach, and these can include Urdu. The new programme of study for languages, to be taught in maintained schools from September 2014, makes clear that learning a foreign language should provide an opening to other cultures, foster pupils' curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss remove filter
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less than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Z
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4097
star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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4044
unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this
43527
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he has made on encouraging computer science and programming in UK schools. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
star this property uin 192351 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
star this property answer text <p>As part of the reforms to the national curriculum, the Department for Education is strengthening the teaching of computing in schools by replacing information and communications technology with computing. The new programmes of study for computing, which will be taught in maintained schools from September 2014, have a much greater emphasis on computer science. For example, pupils at key stage 1 will be taught to create and debug simple programs and key stage 3 pupils will be taught to use two or more programming languages.</p><p>We also working with exam boards and sector experts to review the computer science GCSE and A level so that they reflect and build upon the changes made to the curriculum. The inclusion of computer science in the English Baccalaureate will provide further encouragement for pupils to take up the subject at GCSE level. We are also providing funding for several projects to help teachers acquire the necessary subject knowledge and skills to teach the new computing curriculum.</p><p>We are funding the British Computer Society to build a network of 400 ‘Master Teachers', create online teach-yourself resources and deliver 800 in-school workshops to help primary school teachers improve their subject knowledge. A further £500,000 competitive match-funded scheme was announced on 4 February to support excellent computing teaching and lever additional investment and engagement from business.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss remove filter
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less than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Z
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4097
star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
43528
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-17more like thismore than 2014-03-17
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of workplace nurseries available to staff in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's executive agencies or non-departmental public bodies in (i) 2010, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester Central more like this
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Lucy Powell more like this
star this property uin 192442 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-31more like thismore than 2014-03-31
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Education, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies do not provide workplace nurseries for staff.</p><p>The Department's approach to childcare support focuses on providing flexibility for staff in arranging childcare provision. As part of the overall benefits package, the Department provides a childcare voucher scheme to help cover the cost of nursery and pre-school for children under school age and forms of out of school care for school age children. This enables staff with childcare responsibilities to be more flexible as to when and where they access childcare support.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss remove filter
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less than 2014-03-31T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-31T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lucy Powell more like this
43694
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent research has been commissioned into truancy in schools; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Islwyn more like this
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Chris Evans more like this
star this property uin 192479 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-25more like thismore than 2014-03-25
star this property answer text <p>From the 2011/12 absence data, we know that pupils who have regular attendance at school are four times more likely to achieve five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English and maths, than those pupils who are persistently absent. Persistent absence has fallen by 15 per cent under this Government, from 392,305 pupils missing 15 per cent of school time in 2010/11 to 333,850 in 2011/12. The former Government Adviser on behaviour, Charlie Taylor, published his report on improving school attendance in April 2012. It can be found at <a href="http://tinyurl.com/crt8nok" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/crt8nok</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss remove filter
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Evans more like this
43696
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average cost per pupil of running a pupil referral unit was in the last year for which figures are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol North West more like this
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Charlotte Leslie more like this
star this property uin 192568 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Education does not routinely collect data on the average per pupil cost of running a pupil referral unit. Pupil referral units cater for a diverse range of needs and so the actual cost per pupil will vary significantly between institutions.</p><p>The Department introduced new funding arrangements in April 2013 that take account of this variation. The new system offers stability for pupil referral units by providing £8,000 for each identified alternative provision place. This funding is supplemented by local authorities or schools when they place pupils into a pupil referral unit. The amount of top-up funding provided is determined locally to reflect the actual costs of educating pupils at that pupil referral unit.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss remove filter
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less than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Z
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4097
star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Charlotte Leslie more like this
43697
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on opening up school facilities to the local community for use outside of the school day. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Swindon more like this
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Justin Tomlinson more like this
star this property uin 192551 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
star this property answer text <p>The out-of-hours term time and holiday childcare that schools provide are vital to working parents. Many parents still find that the high cost and inflexibility of childcare is a barrier to working, or increasing their working hours. The Government wants more schools to make their facilities available to the local community. The Department for Education believes that if schools open up their facilities, it can make them a valuable resource and can strengthen links with the wider community that they serve. The Department wants to encourage more schools to offer childcare between 8am to 6pm during term time and during school holidays by removing all unnecessary red tape and increasing freedoms. For example, we are removing the need for schools to have to consult when introducing community facilities and to have regard to guidance from my Rt. hon Friend the Secretary of State for Education or local authorities and we are clarifying the rules on charging for community facilities.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss remove filter
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less than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-24T12:00:00.00Z
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4097
star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
43699
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-18more like thismore than 2014-03-18
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to visit university technical colleges. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harlow more like this
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Robert Halfon more like this
star this property uin 192511 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-03-25more like thismore than 2014-03-25
star this property answer text <p>The Secretary of State for Education visited JCB Academy shortly before that university technical college (UTC) opened. Lord Nash has visited both Hackney and Aston UTCs since his appointment as an Education Minister. Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, recently visited South Devon UTC, which has now been approved for pre-opening.</p><p>This Government has already opened 17 UTCs, and approved a further 33 for pre-opening. These UTCs are introducing innovative ways of combining academic subjects with high quality technical education giving young people the skills and experience that industry wants.</p><p>The Secretary of State regularly visits all types of schools and plans to visit a UTC in due course.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Elizabeth Truss remove filter
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less than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-25T12:00:00.00Z
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4097
star this property label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Robert Halfon more like this