Schools and education

Continually making sure our schools are properly funded by supporting their bids for new funding to give our children the best possible start in life.

As the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Dudley is proud of its heritage, but we need economic stability to deliver a prosperous future. Will the Prime Minister come to launch the new enterprise zone in Brierley Hill and look at how we can attract more investment, create new jobs and develop the highly skilled workforce that our community needs?

 

David Cameron (The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party)

Mike Wood: Is it the shadow Minister’s party’s policy to retain existing academies? We are a little confused as to where it currently stands on the issue of the academy system.

 

Nicholas Dakin (Shadow Minister (Education))

Mike Wood: Does my hon. Friend agree that extending the system of finance so that more part-time and postgraduate students can receive funding is helping social mobility and providing greater opportunities for people who would otherwise not be able to have access to higher or postgraduate education?

 

James Cartlidge Conservative, South Suffolk

I thank
the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Alan Johnson) and my hon. Friend

Mike Wood: What steps the Government is taking to give parents a greater say in access to holiday and wrap-around care.

 

Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Mike Wood: What assessment have the Government made of the need for greater capacity post-16 for special educational needs such as at the excellent new Pen’s Meadow post-16 facility in Pensnett, which I had the honour of opening on Friday?

 

Nicholas Boles The Minister for Universities and Science, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Jointly with the Department for Education)

Mike Wood: What steps he is taking to increase the number of cadet units in schools.

 

Julian Brazier The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Mike Wood: Does the Minister share my concern that schools that wish to convert to academy status, such as Bromley Pensnett school in my constituency, are finding a series of obstacles being put in their way by the local authority? Will he ensure that the Bill stops local authorities blocking the improvements that are urgently needed to turn around the schools that need the most support?

 

Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Mike Wood: Too many families in Brierley Hill and Wordsley in my constituency are unable to secure places at local schools. What plans do the Government have to meet demand for places in Dudley South?

 

Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Mike Wood: Given the shadow Secretary of State’s welcome commitment to improving schools as quickly as possible, can he tell us whether his recent agreement would bring about those improvements more quickly or more slowly?

 

Tristram Hunt Shadow Secretary of State for Education

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