Jenny Chapman

JENNY CHAPMAN

Quizzing the Minister

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Jenny asked the Secretary of State for Education a series of written questions on April 27. Here is a summary, with the answers from Sam Gyimah, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary.

Q: What assessment has the Secretary of State made of the effect of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services on the health, wellbeing and performance of young people in schools and colleges?

A: We want children to do well academically. Attainment is supported if students have good health and mental wellbeing and when they have access to specialist mental health services where they need it. The Government is investing an additional £1.4bn in children’s mental health this Parliament. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country have worked with partners, including schools and colleges, to produce local transformation plans for children and young people’s mental health services. These should set out what will be done locally to make the best use of the resources available – changing how child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are delivered in response to the challenges set out in the Future in Mind report and increasing the focus on preventative activity. NHS England has put the plans through an assurance process before releasing funds and is carrying out an analysis of plans to identify practice that can be shared to inform future planning. In addition we have contributed to a £3m joint pilot with NHS England which is testing how single points of contact in CAMHS and schools can secure effective mental health support to pupils. The pilots are involving over 250 schools in 27 CCG areas through joint training, which supports schools and CAMHS leads to identify specific activity to improve support in their area. The Department of Health has commissioned a new survey into the prevalence of mental health conditions in children and young people in England, the first since 2004. They expect this to be published in 2018.

Q: What recent representations has the Department received from primary schools on the requirement to make milk available during the school day? What guidance has it provided to schools on their compliance with the milk requirements of the Department's school food standards? What assessment has the Minister made of the effect of those standards on milk consumption in primary schools?

A: “We have had one piece of correspondence on milk from a school in recent months. The Department does not collect data on the consumption of milk. The revised School Food Standards are effective from January 1 2015 and designed to be easier to read and implement. A full public consultation on the School Food Standards regulations was held between March 6 and April 16 in 2014. All schools were subsequently notified of the guidance through our termly communications with schools.” The standards and guidance are available on gov.uk at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1603/contents/madehttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/standards-for-school-food-in-englandhttp://www.schoolfoodplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/School-Food-Standards-Guidance-FINAL-140911-V2C.pdf

Q: What progress had been made on the provision of universal infant free school meals?

A: Universal infant free school meals have been a great success, with over 1.3m additional infants enjoying a nutritious, free meal at lunchtime and parents saving hundreds of pounds a year. She also asked how many Sure Start centres were in operation on March 1, this year. Mr Gyimah said there were 3,331 main children's centres and sites open to families and children providing children's centre services as part of a network. Children’s centre records are maintained by local authorities and are made publicly available via the department’s “EduBase portal” at: http://www.education.gov.uk/edubase/home.xhtml

Q: how many Sure Start centres were in operation on March 1, 2016?

A: Local authorities listed as being in operation 3,331 main children's centres and sites open to families and children providing children's centre services as part of a network.
Children’s centre records are maintained by local authorities and are made publicly available via the department’s “EduBase portal” at: http://www.education.gov.uk/edubase/home.xhtml

Jenny asked the Secretary of State for Education a series of written questions on April 27. Here is a summary, with the answers from Sam Gyimah, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary.

Q: What assessment has the Secretary of State made of the effect of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services on the health, wellbeing and performance of young people in schools and colleges?

A: We want children to do well academically. Attainment is supported if students have good health and mental wellbeing and when they have access to specialist mental health services where they need it. The Government is investing an additional £1.4bn in children’s mental health this Parliament. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country have worked with partners, including schools and colleges, to produce local transformation plans for children and young people’s mental health services. These should set out what will be done locally to make the best use of the resources available – changing how child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are delivered in response to the challenges set out in the Future in Mind report and increasing the focus on preventative activity. NHS England has put the plans through an assurance process before releasing funds and is carrying out an analysis of plans to identify practice that can be shared to inform future planning. In addition we have contributed to a £3m joint pilot with NHS England which is testing how single points of contact in CAMHS and schools can secure effective mental health support to pupils. The pilots are involving over 250 schools in 27 CCG areas through joint training, which supports schools and CAMHS leads to identify specific activity to improve support in their area. The Department of Health has commissioned a new survey into the prevalence of mental health conditions in children and young people in England, the first since 2004. They expect this to be published in 2018.

Q: What recent representations has the Department received from primary schools on the requirement to make milk available during the school day? What guidance has it provided to schools on their compliance with the milk requirements of the Department's school food standards? What assessment has the Minister made of the effect of those standards on milk consumption in primary schools?

A: “We have had one piece of correspondence on milk from a school in recent months. The Department does not collect data on the consumption of milk. The revised School Food Standards are effective from January 1 2015 and designed to be easier to read and implement. A full public consultation on the School Food Standards regulations was held between March 6 and April 16 in 2014. All schools were subsequently notified of the guidance through our termly communications with schools.” The standards and guidance are available on gov.uk at:http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1603/contents/madehttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/standards-for-school-food-in-englandhttp://www.schoolfoodplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/School-Food-Standards-Guidance-FINAL-140911-V2C.pdf

Q: What progress had been made on the provision of universal infant free school meals?

A: Universal infant free school meals have been a great success, with over 1.3m additional infants enjoying a nutritious, free meal at lunchtime and parents saving hundreds of pounds a year. She also asked how many Sure Start centres were in operation on March 1, this year. Mr Gyimah said there were 3,331 main children's centres and sites open to families and children providing children's centre services as part of a network. Children’s centre records are maintained by local authorities and are made publicly available via the department’s “EduBase portal” at: http://www.education.gov.uk/edubase/home.xhtml

Q: how many Sure Start centres were in operation on March 1, 2016?

A: Local authorities listed as being in operation 3,331 main children's centres and sites open to families and children providing children's centre services as part of a network.
Children’s centre records are maintained by local authorities and are made publicly available via the department’s “EduBase portal” at: http://www.education.gov.uk/edubase/home.xhtml

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