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Schools: Academies — Question (27 October 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: Will my noble friend tell us whether there is any information about the innovations and improvements that heads have been able to make since so many of them were given the freedom to manage their own budgets?

Schools: Admissions — Question (21 October 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, have the Government made any assessment of how many parents are managing to get their children places in the schools of their choice?

Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure — Motion to Direct (14 October 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I was immensely privileged to be co-opted over many years as the only lay woman in a group of the most senior women in the Church of England, who for many years had a residential meeting once a year in the beautiful St George’s House within Windsor Castle. Those women had become quite senior—they were archdeacons or deans—but, alas, they had banged their heads...

Schools: Local Oversight — Question (28 July 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: Can my noble friend confirm for me and for the House that the overwhelming success of the vast majority of free schools and academies is the best evidence that allowing autonomy and freedom to schools and heads is the best way of raising standards?

Manufacturing — Question (21 July 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the manufacturing output data for the year to April 2014; and what steps they are taking to encourage more exports by United Kingdom manufacturers.

Manufacturing — Question (21 July 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: I thank the Minister for that very encouraging reply. Would he agree with me that the manufacturing sector is probably the most important in leading Britain’s growth, and the most optimistic in terms of our growth in exports and, therefore, righting the balance of payments?

Queen’s Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (9 June 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak about education in this debate. Although there are no education Bills in this gracious Speech, that does not mean that education will not be a part of much that we will debate in the year ahead. Education affects every aspect of our individual and national life. For example, lack of literacy skills is strongly related to poverty,...

Education: Free School Funding — Statement (12 May 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: Will my noble friend confirm that one of the most heartening aspects of the free schools programme is that every free school is opened only after extensive consultation with the local community? By the time the free school is open, it has huge community support, and the parents who have been involved in the setting up of the school have overwhelming enthusiasm and are greatly involved in the...

Higher Education — Motion to Take Note (9 April 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend for having initiated this amazing debate. Already we have had so many extraordinary and memorable speeches. So many of the major issues have already been dealt with in such a learned and detailed way, but I shall not do that. I thought that it would perhaps be my role to talk about one particular university and to bring some practical examples of what...

Higher Education: Student Loans — Question (26 March 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, does my noble friend agree with me that, in the days when universities were funded through grant and not student loans, the Government could recoup none of the money that was given in grant? Even if we do not now recoup the whole 100%, we and the universities are still much better off all the time.

Education: Social Mobility — Motion to Take Note (13 March 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I, too, thank the Minister for initiating this debate with such a powerful speech. His own record in offering truly life-changing opportunities to hundreds of children in the Pimlico Academy stands as an example to all providers, whether local authorities or sponsors of free schools and academies. Although I am a once-upon-a-time philosopher, I will resist the temptation to...

Consular Marriages and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014 — Motions to Approve (27 February 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, as one who was blessed with more than 50 years of a very happy marriage, I think it is appropriate just to pause for a moment to give tribute to marriage itself. I am so very happy for my many gay friends that they will be able to participate in something which is one of the great blessings to human beings. I join in the congratulations to my noble friend and her colleagues on...

Travel to School: Rural Areas — Question (26 February 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: Following on from the right reverend Prelate’s intervention, does my noble friend agree that rather than closing rural schools it might sometimes make sense to bus the children from an overcrowded city school and take them out to the pleasant air of a country school so that they could enjoy the very good teaching that one often finds in small rural schools?

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 January 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I am very much in sympathy with the noble Baroness, Lady Walmsley, in her wish to ensure quality in childminding. That is something that we all endorse and I feel a considerable amount of concern that childminders vary very much in the quality of what they offer and in the integrity of their offering to young children. However, I cannot see how Ofsted could conceivably provide this...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 January 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, it is good to be able to give a very warm welcome to one of the amendments put down by the noble Baroness, Lady Massey. I agree entirely with what she said in her introduction to this amendment. It is a very good amendment. I particularly like the fact that she is asking all schools to make this explicit to parents, school governors and pupils. We have not talked about the role of...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 January 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I support a great deal of what the noble Baroness, Lady Jones, said, in her introduction. As others have said, it would be a terrible world in which children could learn about sex and relationships only through the pornography that they find on the internet. However, I suggest that that is an issue about what is on the internet and young people’s access to it much more than it...

Education: Academy Chains — Question (15 January 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the most important form of accountability is the accountability of the school to its pupils, and their parents, to raise the standards of achievement? The huge success that my noble friend has already described is surely evidence of the success of the accountability that has left academies accountable to their pupils to raise standards.

Ofsted: Annual Report 2012-13 — Question (8 January 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the remarks about “lucky children” made by the Chief Executive of Ofsted during the launch of that organisation’s Annual Report 2012–13.

Ofsted: Annual Report 2012-13 — Question (8 January 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I thank my noble friend for that heartening reply. Would he also join me in welcoming the chief inspector’s finding that children’s success in education is determined not by their background but by the quality of the school they attend and that lucky children are simply those who attend good schools? Does this not offer an end to the climate of low expectations for...

Children and Families Bill — Report (3rd Day) (7 January 2014)

Baroness Perry of Southwark: My Lords, I can imagine myself as a parent of a child with special education needs; I have listened to the debate trying to put myself into that person’s shoes. I can imagine taking my child along to discuss with the local education authority what provision could be made and being told, “I am sorry that you may want this, that and the other, and your child may have that particular...

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