The Schools Bill, announced this morning in the Queen’s Speech, promises that every child will get the education they deserve and that there is vision, ethos and strategic direction in our education system.
We know, having provided online and blended learning to hard to reach and hard to teach learners for 25 years, how important that it is that the Government gets this right.
All children in the UK have the right to have a decent education that will help them to maximise their potential. However, this is not the case for hundred of students that have never interacted with the education system, nor the estimated 1.8 million children that missed at least 10% of school in the autumn term in England in 2021.
Education providers today welcomed the commitment today from Tom Hunt MP, to write to both the Secretary of State for Education and Chair of the Education Committee, Robert Halfon, highlighting how the education system is still stacked against children with special educational needs.
The British Independent Retail Association has expressed disappointment that the Government has not agreed to the the move by Lord Dholakia to use the current Police and Crime Bill to remove damaging clauses within the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
The government had already announced that their proposed business rates retail discount would increase from one third to 50% - a great success for bira (British Independent Retail Association) who have been campaigning for this discount over the last two years.
Members of the Association of Convenience Stores, British Retail Consortium, National Federation of Retail Newsagents and the shopworkers union, USDAW, presented a united voice to Government at a parliamentary event on Tuesday, calling for an end to violence against shopworkers.
The retail discount, which is available for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 tax years, currently allows qualifying businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000 a third off their business rates bills on top of any other reliefs for which they are eligible.
Dudley South parliamentary candidate Mike Wood, who was previously PPS to the Home Secretary, took time out from the general election campaign to discuss retailers' concerns about retail crime with representatives from the NFRN.