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1196571
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star this property date less than 2020-05-18more like thismore than 2020-05-18
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Department for Education more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Department for Education: Chief Scientific Advisers 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, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
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Greg Clark more like this
star this property uin 48348 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-05-29more like thismore than 2020-05-29
star this property answer text <p>The Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department, attended 1 meeting with my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education during the time period a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019. He also attended 1 meeting with the Secretary of State during the time period b) from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
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less than 2020-05-29T16:41:20.147Zmore like thismore than 2020-05-29T16:41:20.147Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Greg Clark more like this
1194523
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-05-11more like thismore than 2020-05-11
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Teachers: Protective Clothing 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, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 10 May 2020, what steps he will take to ensure that teachers returning to work have access to adequate personal protective equipment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Edgbaston more like this
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Preet Kaur Gill more like this
star this property uin 45377 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-05-29more like thismore than 2020-05-29
star this property answer text <p>On 11 May 2020, we published new guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings#shielded-and-clinically-vulnerable-children-and-young-people" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings#shielded-and-clinically-vulnerable-children-and-young-people</a></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>As the guidance sets out, wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff or children to wear face coverings. Changing habits, cleaning and hygiene are effective measures in controlling the spread of the virus.</p><p> </p><p>Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is only needed in a very small number of cases, which are set out in the published guidance. In these very specific circumstances, education providers should use their local supply chains to obtain PPE.</p><p> </p><p>These are rapidly developing circumstances; we continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Bognor Regis and Littlehampton more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Nick Gibb more like this
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less than 2020-05-29T16:14:18.55Zmore like thismore than 2020-05-29T16:14:18.55Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Gibb more like this
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4603
unstar this property label Biography information for Preet Kaur Gill more like this
1194526
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-05-11more like thismore than 2020-05-11
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Day Care 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, pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 10 May 2020, what support will be made available to people who have childcare responsibilities who may now be required to go back to work. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Edgbaston more like this
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Preet Kaur Gill more like this
star this property uin 45379 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-05-29more like thismore than 2020-05-29
star this property answer text <p>Schools and childcare providers have remained open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, and parents are strongly encouraged to take up those places.</p><p>From Wednesday 13 May, all workers who cannot work from home should travel to work if their workplace is open. Employers should be as flexible as possible to support their employees with childcare responsibilities.</p><p>We want to get children back into education and childcare as soon as possible because it is the best place for them to learn. From 1 June we have asked primary schools to prepare to reopen to children in Nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6. Secondary schools have been asked to offer support year 10 and 12 students. We have also asked early years providers (including childminders) to open to children of all ages. This will also support more families to be able return to work.</p><p>Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, childminders have been asked to continue caring for vulnerable children and children of critical workers. To align with the government’s position on nannies, we have confirmed that paid childcare can be provided to the children of one household from Wednesday 13 May 2020. This includes childminders, who may choose to look after the children of one household if they are not already looking after vulnerable children or those of critical workers. From 1 June 2020, childminders can look after children of all ages, in line with their current Ofsted registration, and within usual limits on the number of children they can care for.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Chelmsford more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Vicky Ford more like this
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less than 2020-05-29T13:59:27.66Zmore like thismore than 2020-05-29T13:59:27.66Z
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star this property label Biography information for Vicky Ford more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Preet Kaur Gill more like this
1195960
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-05-14more like thismore than 2020-05-14
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Schools: Coronavirus more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of teachers infecting each other with COVID-19 when schools reopen. more like this
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
star this property uin HL4506 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-05-29more like thismore than 2020-05-29
star this property answer text <p>Children, young people and teachers’ safety is our top priority. This is why we are taking a phased approach to opening for more children, to limit the risk of increasing the rate of transmission. We have issued guidance to childcare settings, schools and colleges on the <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings" target="_blank">protective measures</a> they should put in place to reduce risk further.</p><p>This guidance includes advice to reduce the risk of transmission to and between teachers and other staff, for example, by keeping the same staff and teachers with the same class or groups, where possible, and staggering the use of staff rooms and offices to limit occupancy. Schools should talk to staff about plans for wider opening, including discussing whether training to implement protective measures would be helpful.</p><p>School teachers and staff are already eligible for testing, and all staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus. Where a child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within their setting should be sent home and told to self-isolate for 14 days.</p>
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge more like this
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less than 2020-05-29T13:56:13.167Zmore like thismore than 2020-05-29T13:56:13.167Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
1195658
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star this property date less than 2020-05-13more like thismore than 2020-05-13
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Childminding: Coronavirus 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, whether childminders with underlying health conditions will continue to receive Government financial support while shielding during the covid-19 outbreak. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency York Central more like this
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Rachael Maskell more like this
star this property uin 46732 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-05-29more like thismore than 2020-05-29
star this property answer text <p>Our guidance for early years providers details the package of support the government has put in place for workers and businesses which will benefit childcare settings, including:</p><ul><li>Confirmation that the government will continue to pay local authorities for free early years entitlement places for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds;</li><li>The Self-employment Income Support Scheme for those who are self-employed or members of a partnership and have lost income due to COVID-19. The scheme allows individuals to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months. HMRC will contact individuals who are eligible and invite them to apply online; and</li><li>For the self-employed (including childminders), the minimum income floor will also be temporarily relaxed, meaning Universal Credit can be accessed at a rate to match statutory sick pay.</li></ul><p>The guidance can be found here:<br><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures#funding" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures#funding</a></p><p>Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, childminders have been asked to continue caring for vulnerable children and children of critical workers. To align with the government’s position on nannies, we have confirmed that paid childcare can be provided to the children of one household from Wednesday 13 May 2020. This includes childminders, who may choose to look after the children of one household if they are not already looking after vulnerable children or those of critical workers. From 1 June 2020, childminders can look after children of all ages, in line with their current Ofsted registration, and within usual limits on the number of children they can care for.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Chelmsford more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Vicky Ford more like this
unstar this property grouped question UIN 46720 more like this
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less than 2020-05-29T13:53:33.22Zmore like thismore than 2020-05-29T13:53:33.22Z
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4674
star this property label Biography information for Vicky Ford more like this
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4471
unstar this property label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1195462
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-05-13more like thismore than 2020-05-13
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Childminding: Coronavirus 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 support his Department plans to make available for childminders who are not able to work due to falling into the extremely vulnerable category during the covid-19 outbreak. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency York Central more like this
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Rachael Maskell more like this
star this property uin 46720 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-05-29more like thismore than 2020-05-29
star this property answer text <p>Our guidance for early years providers details the package of support the government has put in place for workers and businesses which will benefit childcare settings, including:</p><ul><li>Confirmation that the government will continue to pay local authorities for free early years entitlement places for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds;</li><li>The Self-employment Income Support Scheme for those who are self-employed or members of a partnership and have lost income due to COVID-19. The scheme allows individuals to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months. HMRC will contact individuals who are eligible and invite them to apply online; and</li><li>For the self-employed (including childminders), the minimum income floor will also be temporarily relaxed, meaning Universal Credit can be accessed at a rate to match statutory sick pay.</li></ul><p>The guidance can be found here:<br><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures#funding" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures#funding</a></p><p>Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, childminders have been asked to continue caring for vulnerable children and children of critical workers. To align with the government’s position on nannies, we have confirmed that paid childcare can be provided to the children of one household from Wednesday 13 May 2020. This includes childminders, who may choose to look after the children of one household if they are not already looking after vulnerable children or those of critical workers. From 1 June 2020, childminders can look after children of all ages, in line with their current Ofsted registration, and within usual limits on the number of children they can care for.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Chelmsford more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Vicky Ford more like this
unstar this property grouped question UIN 46732 more like this
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less than 2020-05-29T13:53:33.173Zmore like thismore than 2020-05-29T13:53:33.173Z
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4674
star this property label Biography information for Vicky Ford more like this
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4471
unstar this property label Biography information for Rachael Maskell more like this
1195961
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star this property date less than 2020-05-14more like thismore than 2020-05-14
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Schools: Coronavirus more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what reassurance they can give to teachers, parents and children that they will be safe from contracting COVID-19 when schools reopen; and what financial and other support will be provided should anyone in those categories catch the virus. more like this
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
star this property uin HL4507 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-05-29more like thismore than 2020-05-29
star this property answer text <p>We want to get children and young people back into education as soon as the scientific advice allows because it is the best place for them to be educated and learn. We will only do this provided that the five key tests set by Government justify the changes at the time.</p><p>Children, young people and teachers’ safety is our top priority. This is why we are taking a phased approach to opening for more children, to limit the risk of increasing the rate of transmission. We have also issued guidance to childcare settings, schools and colleges on the protective measures they should put in place to reduce risk further. These include children and young people staying within their new, smaller, classes wherever possible and limiting contact between different groups. We have also set out a range of additional protective measures including frequent cleaning, encouraging good hand and respiratory hygiene, reducing ‘pinch points’ (such as parents dropping children off at the start and end of day), and using outdoor space.</p><p>Staff and pupils in all settings will be eligible for testing if they become ill with coronavirus symptoms, as will members of their households. A negative test will enable children and young people to get back to childcare or education, and their parents to get back to work. A positive test will ensure rapid action to protect their classmates and staff in their setting.</p><p>With regard to financial support, schools will continue to receive their core funding allocations – as determined by the local authority for maintained schools and through the general annual grant for academies. In addition, we have announced a fund for schools to cover specific additional costs as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak; this remains open and should be used by schools as appropriate.</p>
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge more like this
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less than 2020-05-29T13:51:11.613Zmore like thismore than 2020-05-29T13:51:11.613Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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248
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
1195933
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-05-14more like thismore than 2020-05-14
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Schools: Coronavirus more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how long they plan to postpone Ofsted inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic. more like this
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
star this property uin HL4479 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-05-29more like thismore than 2020-05-29
star this property answer text <p>The Government recognises that this is an extremely challenging time for staff in school and care settings.</p><p>In the current circumstances, it is right that routine Ofsted inspections in the school, further education, early years, local authority, and care sectors are suspended. Ofsted retains the power to inspect in all these areas and will use its powers if it has significant concerns. Ofsted also continues to register and regulate children’s social care, childminding and nurseries.</p><p>No date has been set for a return to routine inspection at this time. We will continue to work closely with HM Chief Inspector, and the sectors Ofsted inspects, in determining when it will be appropriate to re-start routine inspections.</p><p>We continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.</p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge more like this
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less than 2020-05-29T13:47:24.377Zmore like thismore than 2020-05-29T13:47:24.377Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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4719
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1195932
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-05-14more like thismore than 2020-05-14
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Schools: Coronavirus more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential health benefits of using outdoor spaces to teach; and what plans they have to (1) support, and (2) encourage, schools to make increased use of outdoor spaces as learning environments during the COVID-19 pandemic. more like this
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Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
star this property uin HL4478 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-05-29more like thismore than 2020-05-29
star this property answer text <p>We recognise that outdoor education can be beneficial for the health and wellbeing of children and young people, and that outdoor space offers additional benefits to allow for distance between people during the coronavirus outbreak. Our guidance to help schools and other education settings prepare for wider opening to more pupils from 1 June, explicitly encourages the use of outdoor space and outdoor education where possible. In particular, we are asking schools to consider which lessons or activities could take place outdoors as part of a range of approaches they can take to help reduce transmission. We are also asking schools to use their outside space for exercise and breaks.</p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge more like this
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less than 2020-05-29T13:46:49.933Zmore like thismore than 2020-05-29T13:46:49.933Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
unstar this property tabling member
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1196619
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star this property date less than 2020-05-18more like thismore than 2020-05-18
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Internet: 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, whether he plans to hold discussions with representatives from (a) Ofcom and (b) telecommunications providers on making educational websites free to access for university and college students during the covid-19 lockdown. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne Central more like this
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Chi Onwurah more like this
star this property uin 48420 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2020-05-29more like thismore than 2020-05-29
star this property answer text <p>There are no plans to discuss with Ofcom or telecommunications providers making educational websites free to access for university and college students during the COVID-19 lockdown.</p><p> </p><p>Due to the wide range of online educational resources used by the higher education (HE) and further education sectors, our focus has been on enabling universities and colleges to support provision of internet access to students which need it.</p><p> </p><p>Colleges are able to provide Internet access to disadvantaged 16 to 19-year-old learners using their flexible bursary funding. We have ensured that they can apply for additional funding to do this if needed.</p><p> </p><p>As part of the HE stabilisation package, the government has worked closely with the Office for Students to help clarify that providers can draw upon existing funding to provide hardship funds and support disadvantaged students impacted by COVID-19. Providers are able to use the funding, worth around £23 million per month for April through to July, towards student hardship funds, including for the purchase of IT equipment and mental health support as well as to support providers’ access and participation plans.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Chippenham more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Michelle Donelan more like this
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less than 2020-05-29T10:28:37.077Zmore like thismore than 2020-05-29T10:28:37.077Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michelle Donelan more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chi Onwurah more like this