Lord Watson of Invergowrie

Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

Labour Peer

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Schools: Spending per Pupil - Question 23 Sep 2020

    To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies 2020 annual report on education spending in England: schools, published on 18 September, what plans they have to increase school spending per pupil.
  • Schools: Spending per Pupil - Question 23 Sep 2020

    My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for that Answer, but schools in England have suffered the most severe funding cut in 40 years, with the biggest brunt falling on secondary schools in areas with the lowest 20% of incomes. School spending has decreased by around £1,000 per pupil over the past 10 years, and even the extra £7.1 billion which the Minister just mentioned will not reverse...
  • Education: A-level Results - Question 23 Sep 2020

    My Lords, the Secretary of State, the Department for Education and Ofqual were all warned by Cambridge Assessment of serious flaws in the grading of exams two weeks before A-level results were published, yet no action was taken. Much more seriously, the Royal Statistical Society has said that the issues with the algorithm could have been avoided had independent expert advice been taken. As...

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Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1997

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Spokesperson (Education) (since 18 Sep 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Draft Protection of Charities Bill (Joint Committee) (10 Nov 2014 to 3 Feb 2015)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee F (12 Jan 1998 to 11 Nov 1999)
  • Member, Public Accounts Committee (20 Jan 1995 to 21 Mar 1997)
  • Member, Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (15 Dec 1989 to 2 Mar 1995)

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