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B1304 - Educational Bursaries Bill 2017 (Second Reading) Watch

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    protect educational bursaries in law.









    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    1 - Definitions
    (1) ‘Educational establishment’ shall refer to any establishment that makes active provisions for the supply of primary and/or secondary education as defined in S. 2(1) and S. 2(3) of the Education Act 1996.
    (2) ‘Unqualified teachers’ shall refer to teachers who have failed to, or has yet to, gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
    (3) Right to adobe, as determined in S. 2(1) of the Immigration Act 1971, shall refer to the right to reside, work and settle in the United Kingdom held by subjects who hold citizenship of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    (4) ‘Indefinite leave to remain’ and ‘permanent residency’ shall refer to the immigration status granted to subjects, who under S. 2(1) of the Immigration Act 1971, do not qualify for right to abode in the United Kingdom but who have already been admitted to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and whose stay has no predetermined time restrictions.

    2 - Bursaries
    (1) The Department of Education shall make available a number of educational bursaries each year.
    (2) The bursaries may be in any of the following subjects:-
    (2) (1) Mathematics;
    (2) (2) Further Mathematics;
    (2) (3) Chemistry;
    (2) (4) Biology;
    (2) (5) Physics;
    (2) (6) Computer Science;
    (2) (7) Geography;
    (2) (8) History;
    (2) (9) English Language;
    (2) (10) English Literature;
    (2) (11) any Modern Foreign Language;
    (3) These bursaries may take the form of:-
    (3) (1) monies paid into the student’s bank account;
    (3) (2) monies offset against any student loan repayments
    (3) (3) monies offset against any student’s tax liabilities
    in instalments on the 31st of November and June respectively over the course of 3 years.
    (4) The student in question may be eligible for a 'career enhancement' grant upto an additional £10,000 after 5 years of continuous service, and as long as his/her teaching is deemed to be 'good' or 'outstanding' for preceding 2 years - said grant would not be repayable.
    (5) The exact value of any bursary, which is to be determined by the Department for Education, shall take into account:-
    (5) (1) absolute demand;
    (5) (2) relative demand;
    (5) (3) degree of education;
    (5) (4) tuition fees;
    (5) (5) any other pertinent factor.

    3 - Eligibility
    (1) These bursaries shall be available to all who hold the right to reside and can demonstrate habitual residence in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    (2) Students who have not studied in the UK may be asked to prove proficiency in the English language to qualify.
    (3) Students who do not have ‘right to adobe’, ‘indefinite leave to remain’ or equivalent, ‘permanent residency’ or equivalent, or are subject to enhanced immigration controls as assessed by the Home Office do not qualify.
    (4) Students must have:-
    (4) (1) a Undergraduate degree at 2:1 or higher, or an equivalent degree;
    (4) (2) a Postgraduate degree at Merit or higher, or an equivalent degree;
    (4) (3) where the degree is 'joint-honours' the student may apply for a bursary in either subject.
    (5) Students may only apply for bursaries between:-
    (5) (1) the months of April - June, for commencement on or prior to the 1st of September of that year;
    (5) (2) the months of October - December, for commencement on or prior to the 1st of March of the succeeding year;
    (6) In all circumstances, the student is obliged to consent to an enhanced and full Disclosure and Barring Service check.
    (7) Any student that fails their DBS check or refuses to consent to one shall be unable to qualify for at least 3 years, except in the circumstances that:-
    (7) (1) said DBS check returns incorrect information for which the student has legitimate and verifiable proof to contradict;
    (7) (2) a failure results from:
    (7) (2) (1) convictions whose term did not exceed 1 month;
    (7) (2) (2) convictions whose term did not exceed 3 months, where the offence was not violence, assault, substance or terror related and did not involve children in any mechanism or way;
    (8) Where a student has spent terror-related offences, belongs, or has belonged to a proscribed organisation, which shall be deemed to mean any group or organisation proscribed by Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department under section 3 of the Terrorism Act of 2000, the student shall be barred from applying for a bursary indefinitely.
    (9) Where a student is barred under S. (3)(8), the student may apply for special re-consideration directly to the Department of Education, who in unison with the Home Office, Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, a representative from the Disclosure and Barring Service along with the Police, will evaluate whether a bursary may be offered on a case-by-case basis.

    4 - Review
    (1) Subjects on offer shall be subject to review annually by the Department for Education, under the advice of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills:-
    (1) (1) A subject may be added with immediate effect;
    (1) (2) A subject may be removed after 6 months notice;
    (1) (3) Where a subject is removed, students who have qualified for the bursary in a subject area now not part of the bursary programme shall be unaffected; that is to say their bursary agreement with the Department for Education shall remain in place.

    5 - Short title and extent
    (1) This Act shall come into force on the 1st of September 2018.
    (2) This Act may be cited as the Educational Bursaries Act 2017.
    (3) This Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


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    This entire House acknowledges the important role played by teachers across the educational system of the United Kingdom and the underlying fact that educational establishments across our great country are facing issues apropos of the recruitment and retention of staff - primarily fuelled by a lack of supply, and ever augmenting demand.

    Hence, this bill is proposes to protect bursaries in law - bursaries that are addressing to some extent the issue in certain subjects; this bill protects the bursaries in core subjects including but not limited to Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computing, Geography and MFL.





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    The following changes have been conducted for the second reading:
    • Joint honour students may apply for bursaries in either subject;
    • Correction of postgraduate grading to 'Merit';
    • Removal of ambiguous statement of 'other in demand subjects';
    • All subjects may now be reviewed by the Department for Education; even subjects explicitly defined in this Bill may be removed given 6 months notice;


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    A firm aye.
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    Suitable changes have been made, certainly an aye.
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    (Original post by frankielogue)
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    A firm aye.
    (Original post by LifeIsFine)
    Suitable changes have been made, certainly an aye.
    I do not understand you justification for this because the bill allows the Department for Education to review the bursary amounts on an annual basis, being able to reduce the bursary to any amount, remove a subject from qualifying from the bursaries, and decide how the value of the bursaries are calculated. The Department for Education would not need to pass primary legislation to remove all bursaries for all subjects: this bill does not do what it aims to do.
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    (Original post by Jacob E)
    I do not understand you justification for this because the bill allows the Department for Education to review the bursary amounts on an annual basis, being able to reduce the bursary to any amount, remove a subject from qualifying from the bursaries, and decide how the value of the bursaries are calculated. The Department for Education would not need to pass primary legislation to remove all bursaries for all subjects: this bill does not do what it aims to do.
    I would have thought that after this bill they would need to pass legislation in order to remove bursaries, however if this is true my support for the bill is withdrawn.
    How exactly would you solve the problems you describe, particularly the problem in the previous version in which essentially every subject was covered?
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    (Original post by LifeIsFine)
    I would have thought that after this bill they would need to pass legislation in order to remove bursaries, however if this is true my support for the bill is withdrawn.
    How exactly would you solve the problems you describe, particularly the problem in the previous version in which essentially every subject was covered?
    Section 2(5) and section 4 allows the Department for Education to change the amount, the subjects covered, and the eligibility in the absence of new legislation. I would suggest not trying to put bursaries in law because it is one of those things which cannot be done, all ways of inscribing bursaries in law will create gaps where the problems of the first reading happen or the problems of the second reading happen.
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    Postgraduate degrees don't always have the "merit" classification. I'm pretty sure no doctorates have it, and definitely not all master's degrees do.
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    Abstain. I'm not confident I see the benefit of putting this in statute.
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    This bill has entered cessation.
 
 
 
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