AQA has taken a unilateral decision to scrap the A-level in Polish from 2018. Are you going to lobby the AQA to reverse their decision? If yes, are there any other actions which you would undertake in order to preserve the Polish A-level?
I know there are concerns about the decision by the AQA exam board to discontinue A-Level Polish from 2018.
Indeed, over 16,000 people have signed a petition concerning this. I believe that foreign languages are an important part of our education system, and that they can give people the necessary skills and opportunity to meet the challenges of a multilingual society and global economy.
It is of course important to consider levels of demand among students and the availability of examiners and teachers when deciding which courses should be offered.
I am aware, though, that the Government has expressed concern over the potential withdrawal of a number of foreign language qualifications, and is now considering what steps to take next. I will follow this issue closely and scrutinise any proposals the Government come forward with on this matter.
Do you support promoting information about the positive contribution of Polish immigrants to the economy of the UK?
I am proud of our diversity as a country and I appreciate the valuable contribution that the Polish community make to Britain, both economically and socially.
I also recognise, however, that there are a number of concerns that some British Poles have raised, and I believe it is important these are appreciated and addressed.
In the event of Brexit, would you support granting an unconditional Indefinite Leave To Remain to the EU citizens who have lived and worked in Britain under the freedom of movement rules?
As you are aware, the Government is currently legislating for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. I believe that Britain should remain a member of a reformed EU and build strong relationships with our European neighbours as this partnership helps create jobs, secure growth, encourage investment and ensure our security and influence in the world.
The Referendum will happen by the end of 2017 and it will be important for the Prime Minister to clarify a number of important points about our relationship with the EU prior to that vote, including the potential implications for those who have moved to Britain under freedom of movement rules.
Questions were sent out after the elections.