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Pupils: Disadvantaged

Question for Department for Education

UIN 34459, tabled on 16 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his officials will discuss the National Tutoring Programme and other similar schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with officials in the devolved Administrations to ensure best practice for supporting disadvantaged pupils is implemented across the UK.

Answered on

21 July 2021

The Department has worked closely with the devolved administrations throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, mutually and beneficially exchanging information and policy developments across the full range of issues and challenges facing education systems in the UK. For example, in addition to education recovery, there has also been a UK-wide discussion on the reopening of schools and colleges and arrangements for awarding qualifications in 2021.

One example where the Department is working with the devolved administration to enhance educational opportunities is on the Turing scheme, the UK-wide replacement for Erasmus+, which will support 35,000 students from schools, further education and higher education across the UK to do study and work placements abroad. It aims to improve social mobility, targeting students from disadvantaged backgrounds, making life-changing opportunities accessible to everyone across the country.

The Department will continue to engage with the devolved administrations on the response to the COVID-19 outbreak and on how to support education recovery. This engagement will include sharing information and evidence on education recovery initiatives, including the National Tutoring Programme.

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