A wake up call for the Department for Education?


LanguagesA few weeks ago I wrote a piece that related to a debate that had taken place in Parliament about modern language education and in that debate Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister made it very clear that in the light of our proposed departure from the EU, something he has been a strong advocate for, that it is vital for students to learn German and other European languages. However despite his role in the Department for most of the last decade and the fact that the Tories have been in power for exactly 9 years, he blamed the lack of A level studying on such subjects as being due to the fact that the Labour Party had removed the requirement for modern language GCSEs to be studied as a curriculum requirement. At the time I raised my concern that if his claim was accurate, even in his own view, that surely 9 years was plenty of time to reverse the policy he was claiming was the problem. However in a debate on Education Funding that took place on Tuesday in Parliament, it would appear that he was misrepresenting the full picture. One of the contributors to the debate, Wera Hobhouse MP raised this concern “The chief executive of a multi-academy trust in my constituency, Gary Lewis, says that next year there will be no A-level French or German in three of its sixth forms because the schools are no longer able to fund small class sizes. We have to look at education as more than just per pupil funding. We have to look at what we can deliver on the ground. We are not just making our schools poorer; we are making our country poorer. Does the hon. Gentleman agree with me?” Now to be clear this decision has come after Nick Gibb has already claimed that funding has improved from the past. In his response to the debate he failed to mention anything that related to Wera’s comment. It is clearly time for him to be challenged again!

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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