|If you missed it:
- 40 MPs joined a protest over looming £4m in cuts to funding for deaf pupils. According to the National Deaf Children’s Society more than one in ten specialist teachers of the deaf have been lost in the past four years. Following the protest, campaigners met with the Children’s Minister to call for a dedicated bursary to recruit, train and retain teachers of the deaf – read more.
- “In the rush to convert large numbers of schools to academies, the Department (for Education) did not pay enough attention to ensuring that its scrutiny of applicants was sufficiently rigorous” – said a damning report by the Public Accounts Committee on academies.
- A new inquiry on disability employment was launched by the Committee for Work and Pensions. Respond here.
Monday 16th July
There will be a question in the House of Lords to the government on what steps they are taking to encourage employers to offer high-quality work experience placements to all students aged 16 to 18.
Tuesday 17th July
At 9:30 am the Education Committee holds a question and answer session with the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Anne Milton MP.
Over in the Lords, it is the report stage of the Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill. The Bill will make provision for local authorities to monitor the educational, physical and emotional development of children receiving an elective home education.
Wednesday 18th July
At 10 am Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi MP will face the Education Committee to answer questions relating to his brief. Expect SEND to feature heavily following Damian recent speech on accountability for SEND learners, and the Committee’s ongoing inquiry into the effectiveness of the 2014 reforms
After 3 pm, in the Lords there is a question on how the government will increase knowledge of work skills, careers and jobs amongst primary school children.