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 am dismayed that AQA has made the decision to abolish the Polish A-level, and have already been lobbying AQA to reverse their decision, with my Parliamentary colleagues Daniel Kawczynski and Mark Lazarowicz. We strongly believe that AQA should offer Polish A-level, as this enables Polish-speaking students to take an extra qualification and thereby to improve their prospects.
I have also been corresponding with Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt, about this issue, who has made a commitment to reverse the cuts in teaching foreign languages that have been approved by the Conservatives. Such changes to our education system are clearly to the detriment of the kind of broad and stretching curriculum needed in our schools if we are to succeed as a country in the global economy.
Do you support promoting information about the positive contribution of Polish immigrants to the economy of the UK?
I think it is vital that we recognise the positive contribution made to our economy by Polish and other immigrants. This is particularly important at the moment, given the amount of anti-immigrant rhetoric that is currently found in our press and society. I therefore think it would be very beneficial to promote information about the positive contribution of Polish, and other, immigrants to the British economy, and to highlight their invaluable role in the economy and society.
If you were to be elected to the Parliament, would you join and support the activities of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland?
In the past, I have been involved with the APPG on Poland and have supported their activities to promote Polish issues in the UK. However, as a front-bench minister, I was required to reduce my involvement with the APPG, as my responsibilities to Labour’s Shadow Justice team became more significant. Nonetheless, I continue to work closely with the Polish community in Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush, and to work on issues affecting them on a local and national level.
Questions were sent out before the elections.